In the Aqueduct post yesterday, I meant to include this terrific article by Mike Jarboe from March 2001. Writing in the Times Union, Jarboe evinces an infectious affection for the homely (in both senses of the word) track.
Saratogians and other Capital District residents: looking for a way to celebrate Hallowe’en and contribute to a good cause? Check out the Hallowe’en party at the Grey Gelding on Broadway in Saratoga. The cover is $10; you’ll get live music, beer and wine tastings, and a silent auction, with the proceeds benefitting the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation.
Speaking of equine philanthropy, CANTER NE has its own blog, where you’ll find information on Thoroughbred retirement and transitioning horses to life post-racing; details on assisting with horse welfare efforts; information addressing common questions of prospective adopters; and success stories. The most recent post focuses on last weekend’s CANTER NE Showcase and the end of the Suffolk meet.
And speaking of racing blogs, Ed DeRosa of Thoroughbred Times has his own site, Big Event Blog, in which he writes about racing and journalism, and racing journalism. He’ll be covering the Breeders’ Cup from Santa Anita.
While not exactly timely, I found this at the Daily Racing Form a little over a week ago, with regard to Proviso’s disqualification in the Spinster at Keeneland opening weekend. Under the headline, “Mushka a deserving winner,” Marty McGee writes:
Data issued recently by officials with Trakus, the electronic tracking
technology system in use at Keeneland, suggests that the disqualification of
Proviso from first to second in the Grade 1 Juddmonte Spinster Stakes on Oct. 11
was warranted beyond the fact the stewards ruled that Proviso was guilty of
impeding Mushka during the stretch run. Mushka was awarded victory after
crossing under the wire second.
In a lengthy explanation to the Keeneland publicity staff, Michael Ciacciarelli, chief executive officer for Trakus, said Mushka was traveling about 2.2 feet per second faster than Proviso at the time of the foul. Had there been no foul and if the two horses had kept a constant speed for the remaining 380 feet of the race, Mushka would have won by about 1 1/2 lengths, Ciacciarelli said.
While I’ve seen any number of compelling uses for Trakus, this is the first time that I’ve seen it used to justify a disqualification. Very interesting…