Here's what's happening this week in horse racing!
Golden Gate Stewards Suspend Owner/Trainer John Martin
Owner/trainer John Martin has been suspended by Golden Gate Stewards following three separate complaints against the trainer after the Maddy Laboratory reported the presence of the prohibited drug substance ergoloid mesylates in the urine samples of three horses he ran at Golden Gate and the Big Fresno Fair. While searching his barn, CHRB investigators found thee improperly labeled medications. Ergoloid meyslates are the salts of the ergot alkaloids dihydroergocristine and are used in humans to treat Alzheimer's and other mood disorders. The drug is classified as Class 2/A and is believed to affect cognitive function in horses. Six months of the one-year suspension has been stayed with an agreement between Martin and the CHRB that he commits no other serious medication violations during his probation period.
Code of Honor Confirmed for BC Classic
Trainer Shug McGaughey confirmed Wednesday morning that CODE OF HONOR will make his next start in the BC Classic. He believes CODE OF HONOR to be a "different horse than I was talking about before the Travers and his race here the other day. The other thing is, he seemed to come out of the Jockey Club Gold Cup really well. I think it is a great opportunity for him to go there. These horses are made run and if he is doing all the right things, we will go out there and run him."
Chad Brown Trainee Demarchelier to Stand at Claiborne
With a relatively short racing career, DEMARCHELIER really stands out to trainer Chad Brown and to Claiborne. The colt started his career by impressively winning his maiden at Aqueduct, winning an allowance at Keeneland and then taking the G3 Pennine Ridge Stakes at Belmont. He then went to the Belmont Derby, but was pulled up after taking a bad step. Unfortunately, it was that bed step that ended his racing career, but he brings a lot to the table in Kentucky in terms of pedigree. He will be the only son of DUBAWI standing in the state. His stud fee will be announced after the Breeders' Cup.
Ship and Win at Del Mar Returns
Del Mar is bringing back the "Ship and Win" horse recruitment program for an eighth year. The program will be in place as Del Mar opens up for their four-week fall racing meet, known as the Bing Crosby Season. The meet runs from November 8th through December 1st. The program offers an automatic $2000 check to each out of state starter as well as a 30% across the board bonus on top of all purse monies won in that initial start.
Keeneland's Fall Meet Opens Friday
Keeneland's Fall Meet opens Friday, October 4th and continues through Saturday, October 26th. Racing held every day except Monday and Tuesday. Gates open at 11 am with the first post at 1:05 pm. Falls Stars Weekend will feature 10 stakes races and 9 Breeders' Cup Win and You're In events. The track is also introducing their new Saddling Paddock Chalet, which is located at the East Grandstand entrance and overlooks the paddock, providing premium dining and views of the contenders as they prepare to make their way to the track.