Justify to remain Santa Anita Derby winner

My name is John Cherwa and welcome returned to our horse racing e-newsletter as Los Alamitos runs two-thirds of its 3-week meeting with Thursday racing and extra full fields.

We’ll start with some news earlier than transferring on throughout this very light day.

Justify, at the side of stablemate Hoppertunity, had been amongst seven horses representing 4 different barns who examined superb for the substance. Hoppertunity turned into also cleared by using the CHRB in its ruling on Wednesday. He won the 2018 Tokyo metropolis Cup at Santa Anita. maximum equine health workers consider that scopolamine is not a performance enhancing substance.

Wednesday’s ruling came after Justify had already been cleared of any penalty through the California Horse Racing Board in closed consultation on Aug. 23, 2018. however, Mick Ruis, proprietor and teacher of 2d-location finisher Bolt d’Oro, filed healthy alleging that CHRB must no longer have brushed off the matter without an authentic grievance. Ruis filed healthy against the CHRB and as a part of the agreement, the CHRB agreed to record an official grievance and preserve a listening to.

The Santa Anita stewards did no longer provide Justify a sweeping endorsement, although, announcing, “it’s miles the stewards’ opinion that had this board of stewards heard the Justify and Hoppertunity complaints previous to Aug. 23, 2018, each horses would had been disqualified.”

Some of you may take into account the sight to Princess Noor being pulled up on the pinnacle of the stretch in final Saturday’s Starlet Stakes at Los Alamitos. instructor Bob Baffert turned into satisfied to file there have been no breaks. but next inspection grew to become up a soft-tissue harm in her left the front leg and the 2-year-antique filly was retired. She became in the beginning bought for $1.35 million. It’s greater hard for horses to get over tender-tissue accidents than a hairline fracture. At least that’s what the anti-synthetic human beings say. Princess Noor’s first mating may be to Into Mischief. She could be headed to Taylor Ma de Farm.

Bodexpress, a horse who will continually be remembered extra for a race he ran without a rider, turned into additionally retired approximately every week after triumphing the Grade 1 Clark Stakes at Churchill Downs. the exact nature of the damage that compelled his retirement became now not disclosed. Bodexpress became recognized to the non-racing publc whilst he dumped jockey John Velazquez right out of the gate on the start of closing yr’s Preakness Stakes. He persevered to run the race at the side of the relaxation of the sphere. Of course, everyday racetrackers observed nothing uncommon approximately this happening to a percent animal. but most of the people, in this nationally televised race, found it fascinating

Regulations surrounding use of the using crop became ever so barely extra clear when the Assn. of Racing Commissioners global (ARCI) announced a rule alternate that does not allow a jockey to strike a horse extra than twice in succession with out giving the pony a risk to reply. It in addition described a hazard to respond as 3 strides. but, the ARCI declined to put a maximum number of strikes for the entire race on the desk. California just lately went from three moves to two. California additionally has a limit of six moves in step with race.

–This isn’t surely news as a whole lot as it’s far advertising and marketing, but it’s curious about an awesome purpose and also you just may need it. The very famous Santa Anita calendar will now not accept out on beginning day (Dec. 26) because the public gained’t be allowed. however, you can buy it at santaanita.com/calendar. you may’t purchase them till Friday, so don’t look for a link on the landing page till then. The fee will be $five for you to be donated to the Foothill unity middle, after shipping. you’re restricted to two per household and the track is most effective printing 5,000 of them. sounds like one of those win-win situations.