Good to the Red Mile, during grand circuit weeks, and you barely see the whip slashing that goes on at some tracks.
U never see it at woodbine .
Hardly ever at the meadowlands.
This is a very sensitive subject with me.
I know of a driver who put a new lifetime mark on a horse and really wants to win.
Infact the horse went faster than he ever did in his life.
The man even came to the barn to see if he could help in any way with another issue.
The man was shown the welts and had know idea he had done this too the horse he was doing everything he thought he could to win.
That does take charecter and even told the trainer he didn't blame him if he wanted to put some one else up.The only reason he would be taken off the horse is because of the welts .
I just hope all have learned from this and how important it is to realize when trying to win can become abuse. Abuse is never except able and it is a line we should all strive not to cross.
The horse will set a new life time mark this next wk I just wish this had never happen to any horse.