Thursday, September 27, 2012

Artwork bid for NYRA

 The Times Union in NY Times fashion felt fit to have an above the fold front page story tweaking NYRA. This one is about an art mural commissioned by NYRA focusing on the last decade and featuring 100 racing figures including the recently ousted NYRA CEO Charlie Hayward.

Renowned racing artist Pierre Bellocg  known as "Peb," will recieve $250,000 for the artwork.

Seems the focus on Charlie Hayward in the piece is a little petty and piling on at this point. But should Emperor/Governor Cuomo squash the deal I hereby submit my artwork with a more modest quote of $25 (or best offer).

My piece is probably more crude and simple than Peb's piece. His took months while mine took about 3 minutes this afternoon while I was on a conference call. I chose a simple theme featuring the same 3 NYRA figures Peb had in his piece plus 2 horses. I was going to put in some jockeys and trainers but I that would have took longer than 3 minutes and I wanted to keep the fee at $25.

In addition I offer framed copies of the piece to the general public for a mere $50 plus shipping and handling fees of $9.95. If you act now you get 2 for the price of one (plus shipping and handling of course). If acceptable please contact me to make arrangements for payment. Paypal or cash orders only. 

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Latest NY Times Crusade against Racing

 Another article in the NY Times 2012 crusade against the game of Horse racing . This article  is titled "Racing Economics Collide with Vetenerian's Oath" with a subtitle of " Horse-racing veterinarians are both doctor and drugstore; the more drugs they prescribe, the more money they make"

Typical Doom and Gloom from Author Joe Drape and his Co-author Walter Bogdanich.

The article is lengthy, and the authors jump back and forth throughout the article talking about Thoroughbred's, Quarter Horses, and Standardbred's (Harness).

Do you think the laymen can get through this article, actually read the entire article, and differentiate between the 3 different type of racing?

We all desire a clean game and the best in animal welfare. The issue of the Vetenerian's role should be examined and no doubt a Vetenerian's financial greed sometimes takes over, with or without the Trainer's blessing or knowledge, but where in the NY Times article is the statement about the many caring vetenerian's working under the watching eyes of honorable Trainer's and Owner's?

Maybe include a look into the recent care of the ailing Paynter, owned by Zayat Stables. The public received almost daily Twitter updates about Paynter's medical condition, treatment, complications and expected progress from Twitter Accounts authored by @A.Zayat and @JustinZayat of Zayat Stables.

There is good in the sport, and bad, let's have a balanced look. Banish for life the cheaters and animal abusers and put a spotlight on the owners, trainers and Vets who are doing it right.


Sunday, September 02, 2012

Trying to get off the Duck

We all know Todd Pletcher has the Saratoga 2012 training title wrapped up with enough distance over runner up Chad Brown, but who is at the bottom of  the rankings.

Who has no wins with double digit starts at this meet? One Trainer trying to get shipping money and get off the Duck is William Badgett Jr.

Out of 25 starters he is sitting with a duck with no winners and only 2 seconds and 4 thirds for the meet.

If you  play your betting money figuring Badgett Jr. has to get a win before shipping day, you will have two shots today as he saddles NY Bred 8-1 shot U Whippersnapper in a 20K Maiden Claimer in Race 3 and His Own Beat a Kentucky Bred 3 year old going in a 65K Maiden Claimer at 15-1 in Race 4.

He has nobody running on Monday so today has to be the day for Badgett to get out of  Spa  Town with a win.

Already assured of a Duck at the meet is Barclay Tagg with 0 wins out of 24 Starters. He has no entries today or tomorrow.

Barclay swung for the fences yesterday with 4 entries and coming close with Sky Blazer 3rd in the Bernard Baruch and Jersey Town 3rd in the Forego Stakes.