Odds n ends…
On Jul 16, Mi Gentee finished first in a race at Ruidoso. Apparently, though, the 3-year-old had some help: According to the New Mexico Racing Commission, Mi tested positive for nikethamide, a Class 1 (the worst kind) stimulant. Trainer Martin Orona has been suspended pending a hearing on Aug 6.
At Penn National earlier this week, Traders Luck, said the chartwriter, “hit the gate at the start, then was dull.” How “dull”? Last, 38 lengths back.
And finally, in the 5th at Gulfstream yesterday, two horses, Prettyasapenny and Balmedie, “hit the gate”; the pair finished a combined 72 lengths back. Another horse in that race, Protullio, was “reluctant to load.” Oh how they “love to race,” right?