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.- 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!
“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.”