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Monday, April 06, 2009

Odds and Ends

Jeff Mullins told the Thoroughbred Times' Ed DeRosa that the "mix up" over his actions in the detention barn before the Bay Shore was the fault of the security personnel there.

“They looked at everything I carried in, so when they let me through [with AirPower], in my mind, everything was fine.....Everything was out in the open. Two investigators watched me give the horse the treatment then five minutes later they wanted to see it. If they saw the AirPower and dosing syringe on me the whole time, then why didn’t they stop me?" [Thoroughbred Times]
Well, maybe they didn't stop him because they were too busy lifting their jaws up off the ground, shocked as they must have been to see someone so blatantly violating what are extremely clear cut rules against administering any medication in the detention barn. And, as Handride eloquently points out, it matters not one whit what he was giving the horse...or, perhaps we shall say in this case involving a known cheater, claiming to be giving the horse, legal or not...nor the fact that the syringe was not a needle but an oral syringe which sprays the substance in the horse's mouth. A rule is a rule, and that particular rule is the entire point of isolating the horses before the race in the first place. “I’ve never had a good experience anytime I go to New York, and I will avoid New York at all costs,” Mullins said. And we're all disappointed to hear that.

- As if you don't have enough unknowns to deal with in determining the Derby winner this year, early in the synthetic track era as we still are, Quality Road has a quarter crack.

- Bill Strauss, one of the owners of The Pamplemousse, tells Hank Wesch of the San Diego Union Tribune that the colt is out for the year.
A veterinary procedure yesterday morning revealed what part-owner Alex Solis II described as a “small lesion” on the tendon.
.....
“He's too good a horse to mess with. We'll give him all the time he needs to recover. We'd love to get him back to where he was (physically) before it happened and aim for the 2010 Pacific Classic.”
- It's come down to this - three games to go, hanging on to the 8th and final playoff spot by a nose. The Rangers can correctly claim that they played well in two tough road losses to two fine teams on hot streaks. But the team's top players have consistently failed to come through in the third period of these tight games. After 79 games, it's hard to see why that will change. Having said that, they have the next two games coming up at home, and are still in with a shot. Whatsmore, they've hardly been outclassed in the four games they've split with the first place Bruins, who they would meet in the first round should they get in. So there's still hope!

12 Comments:

Anonymous said...

Alan,

Not to change the subject, but there is some "buzz" coming out of Aqueduct concerning the VLT project. Apparently the NYRA chiefs invited Audrey Pheffer, Senator Addabbo, Community Board 10, NYSRWB Chairman Sabini, Franchise Oversight Board members, Sylvia Hamer from Governor Paterson's office and some others to a meetting/presentation on Wood Memorial Day. The NYRA wanted to show this group how simple it would be for them to install some machines with the help of a former MGM gaming guy and have the machines up and running in no time. If the NYRA, with some help from the state's NYC Off Track Betting, Corp, could act as "managers" then the state's cut or percentage could be greatly increased because a real gaming operator fee would not need to be paid. I guess Gary Pretlow might have known this session was on the books as he made the comment about NYRA running the VLT's over a week ago.

Have you heard anything about this down and dirty slots parlor proposal being promoted by the NYRA?

alan said...

I have not heard that, no. Thanks for the info. Certainly seems reasonable that a number of slots could be installed in the vast area of Aqueduct which is currently unused. Of course, though the state's percentage could be increased, there would also be no lump sum licensing fee such as the type that the state was banking on in the budget.

Handride said...

Thanks for the link. Seems like Mullins is in over drive, nothing to see here, not my fault, it was legal, blah blah blah, if they let him get away w/ this just another slap on the wrist, and all of us will roll our eyes.

Tim said...

I can't wait for NBC to do a story about Mullins' infraction during their Derby coverage.....

Anonymous said...

So if the NYRA had the aforementioned dignitaries present Saturday according to Anon 2:56, is there any chance they were showing off their policing prowess? I'm, not forgiving Mullins because he is a total jerk, but why did that syringe make it into the detention barn and why did the guards watch as Mullin's adniistered the cocktail? Just makes you wonder if Duncker and Hayward's team were out to make a high profile arrest? This business makes one think like that.

Anonymous said...

Let's see, in hockey if you use an illegal stick and are caught, you get a 2-minute penalty, a fine, and maybe some additional days on the pine. In baseball, if you use an illegal bat, like a corked one, you get a trip to the showers, a fine, and some time on the pine. In the NFL, if you shoot yourself in the leg, you get a suspension from both your team and the league, then your contract is torn up, and then you get to deal with the courts. In the NBA, if you blow your whistle because someone has a bet on the other squad, and then you get caught, you lose your job, you get indicted, you get convicted, and then you get sent to the pokey. In racing, if you use an illegal med or violate some fairly easy to understand and comprehend rules, you make excuses, then you make some more excuses, then you place blame on those hired to enforce the rules, and then you come out with a lame excuse, blaming even more others, and then you waffle in agreeing to a time to come and appear before the stewards, and then when the stewards fell the time is right, say after their cocktail hour, and issue a penalty, you then appeal any penalty, continue to race (and maybe cheat some more), and then when you decide you need a vacation, well, one that requires you wanting to be away from your stable for a little while, you waffle some more and serve your "suspension." If you're lucky, you continue with your Facebook pals who may be named Mullins, Asmussen, Sadler, Frankel, Dutrow, another Dutrow, and you all sit back and laugh and drink cocktails while in Rio.

Anonymous said...

“I’ve never had a good experience anytime I go to New York, and I will avoid New York at all costs,” Mullins said.

- Of course it will be easier to avoid New York after the State Racing and Wagering Board revokes his trainer's license ...

Anonymous said...

Why doesn't IEAH show some integrity and take IWR away from Mullins? Put the horse in cleaner hands, like Dutrow's....nyuk nyuk. -jp from sd

Anonymous said...

Never understood why they needed a "partner" to run the VLT's to begin with, just like I dont understand why they need a vending contract for the food services.

Just hire you own manager with experience in the particular industry and keep the profits for yourself and the State, and in the case of food services lower your prices to attract actual live bodies to the track.

Gaming is so widespread nowadays, and the economy in such a shambles, that there must be plenty of experienced gaming vets available for hire.

It's not brain surgery, build a nice room, intstall machines, collect the money, its not like there are table games with manpower and supervision necessary.

Anonymous said...

Can you imagine the state of NY in bed with the NYRA in the gaming business? I know Shelly Silver is pushing it, but after all the organization's nefarious history, how could it be justified?
Don't give me the "New NYRA" pitch as the remedy either.

steve in nc said...

It would take a big bed to hold New York State, but after client #9, I guess anything involving a bed, business, New York State and games is possible.

Anonymous said...

Anon, yeah right, Albany is the one that should be concerned with being in bed with nefarious partners ;-)