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Claiming King
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« on: May 19, 2008, 11:49:59 AM »

Stan Bergstein likes to say if a horse won the Hambo with a blue balloon tied to his tail, the next day many horses across the country would be racing with blue balloons as part of their standard equipment.

Recently I've seen several horses at The Meadowlands outfitted with knee spreaders. In my time knee spreaders were a last resort. If I had something that was on his knees that bad, I was looking to send him down the road ASAP. And I probably wasn't going to alert potential buyers to his troubles by adding spreaders to his equipment card.

So my question is, has there been a recent success story with the spreaders? Has someone developed a set of spreaders that just works wonders?
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« Reply #1 on: May 19, 2008, 12:36:07 PM »

I only use them as a last resort.  With all the claiming out east, maybe they are trying to dicourage someone from taking the horse?  I think they do slow you down a bit.
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« Reply #2 on: May 19, 2008, 02:41:04 PM »

Should'nt slow one down much; keep them from "brushing" their knees in the turns as much. Good training tool over time, if used properly. Gives driver better controls.
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« Reply #3 on: May 19, 2008, 02:58:58 PM »

The newer type of spreaders don't seem to slow them down as much as the older style.
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« Reply #4 on: May 19, 2008, 08:28:02 PM »

YEAH NEW SPREDERS 100% BETTER THAN EVEN 5 YRS AGO.
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« Reply #5 on: May 19, 2008, 08:30:43 PM »

As a player horses that had them almost never won unless they were dropped way down in class.I have noticed this season horses doing better than usual while having them on.Maybe just my imagination. trotter binoculars
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« Reply #6 on: May 20, 2008, 12:32:34 PM »

I saw Fusco put them on Four Starz Moxie who looks like a legitimate horse.
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« Reply #7 on: May 20, 2008, 04:05:29 PM »

OH YEAH BY THE WAY A TRAINER IS SUBJECT TO PUT THEM LOOSELY ON A HORSE, THAT DOSENT NEED THEM TO KEEP THE CLAIMS AWAY.
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