THANK YOU Jess and Steve!!!
The Golden Warrior is pre-entered to defend his title in the Classic! But seriously, who is surprised? Curlin is already in Cali, why not just go ahead and race him?
Unless he totally flops on the pro-ride surface, Curlin will be the second 2-time Breeders’ Cup Classic winner. He’s got HOTY sewn up, too, and will join an elite list of 2-time Champions.
In other news today, NYRA announced its steroid ban will go into effect Jan. 1, 2009. This means that all 3 Triple Crown races will be unjuiced next year. Big Brown will be the poster child for steroid use in racehorses, despite the fact many trainers use them with no backlash. Curlin also partook of the needle up until his trip to Dubai, where juicing is illegal. Both horses have supposedly been off those meds since May.
This is but a first step toward cleaning up racing’s image. SInce Eight Belles’s demise, people have clamored for a return to “pure” sport. The factions are finally beginning to realize their petty disagreements have been holding them back and turning people off from this spectacular sport. They’re getting off their asses, finally, to change for the better.