Royal Racing and Frog Juice . . .

Royal Racing and Frog Juice . . .

Frog Juice” is the latest news in racing’s drug scene.  Synthesized from the poisonous secretions of a South American frog – the drug is supposedly 30 times more powerful than morphine. To date, it has only been found to be in use in Quarter Horse racing, but you and I know that unscrupulous individuals are not restricted to any one area of the racing industry.

It is obvious that the use of this new drug would be to mask the pain of existing injuries in order to send an unfit horse out to race. And isn’t it just as obvious that this will cause some of those horses to break down during the race. Follow along with me here please . . .  And isn’t it just as obvious that in some of those breakdown accidents on the track – horses will get hurt badly enough that they will need to be put down . . . And jockeys will get hurt more or less severely – some maybe paralyzed or even killed.

Then I put to you that those who administer these illegal drugs (heck – even legal drugs if they in any way help mask pain or fatigue), or even those that turn a blind but knowing eye – should be held responsible for the injuries and/or deaths that result. This means they should be charged as perpetrators or accomplices in the crime of mayhem at the least – or negligent homicide where applicable – then punished accordingly.

I think that should straighten things out pretty quick!


Black Caviar has now cemented her legacy as one of the greatest thoroughbreds of all time.

The 6 yr. old, black-as-midnight mare had previously done all her racing in her native Australia. Twenty-one wins without a loss! But, of course, some discounted her achievement because of not having competed outside of Australia.

The naysayers must now ‘pipe down’ – as the great mare just won a thrilling victory at Ascot – by a head, in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes. She is now 22-0 and has added a prestigious stakes races in Europe to her resume. The race certainly had its drama . . . the jockey of Black Caviar misjudged where the finish line was – stopped riding and stood up in the saddle before the race was over – realized it a couple of seconds later and got back into her just before the wire to hold off the oncoming Moonlight Cloud by a shortening head.

The Queen of England was in attendance, so a long-crowned Queen witnessed the crowning of racing’s newest Queen.

Watch the race replay:


Other Royal Ascot news:

Perhaps the greatest race horse in the world today, Frankel, absolutely humbled the field in the Queen Ann Stakes – to put his record at 11 for 11 – against the best horses in Europe. Sure would love to see him in a Breeders Cup race this year (though the competition most assuredly would not!).

Watch the race replay:

Congrats to Frankie Dettori for a great ride in the Ascot Gold Cup. The reigning “old master” of the world’s jockey colony still has all the chops – and had to use them to win this race.

Watch the race replay:



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    “” Stakes””” races are so far off the rail other are not but why screw up the speed times in the form by DOING this .
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    • Glenski –

      Good observation. You may be aware that in turf racing – speed ratings are far less meaningful than in dirt – or even poly racing.

      Pace is so much more important in turf racing in general – and in Euro racing in particular. You have probably noted how the Euro jocks (in any race at a mile or longer) just sory of get their horse out of the gate, and then stand up in the saddle and let a good protion of the race go by before timning their “move” for the wire. Therefore – the distance from the rail is of far less importance to them . . . they are not trying to shave a few tenths of a second off the final time by “saving ground” – because the real racing doesn’t even begin until a 1/4 mile from home. All the race before that is simply getting the horse to settle into a relaxed rhythm and preparing to set him down for home when the pace begins to suddenly quicken.

      So – when handicapping turf racing – try to judge what the horse can do in the final quarter – or eighth – the rest is most often just not that important in the final outcome. – Gary

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