Dancing Yodeler Scratches After Downpour

Dancing Yodeler is a SCRATCH after an incredible rainstorm hit the track just shy of 1:30 pm turning a fast track to sloppy in minutes.

If you were here – you were in it and it was impressive.

We’ll save the horse for another day. Because he was scratched due to the change in race conditions, there is no penalty and he is free to enter again.

 

 

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4 thoughts on “Dancing Yodeler Scratches After Downpour

  1. > Because he was scratched due to the change in race conditions,
    > there is no penalty and he is free to enter again.

    Can you elaborate on that? Under what conditions would their have been a penalty, and what would that have been?

    • Great question John! In WAC 260-40-010 Nominations and Scratches it reads “No other entries will be excused as provided above except upon receipt of a veterinarian’s certificate of unfitness, change of track conditions since time of entry or other causes acceptable to the board of stewards.” Since the track was labeled “fast” when we entered on Thursday, and it is now “sloppy”, we fall under the change of track conditions clause.

      Examples where a penalty is incurred would include not bringing the horse to the paddock – necessitating a late scratch. In that case the stewards can assess a fine at their discretion. If a horse is sick and scratches then they can’t enter for 10 days, and if they are a vet scratch, then they can’t enter for 13 days and must work before the track veterinarian to ensure they are fit to race.

  2. It was a bummer but it poured. Congrats to Larry and Sharon, Stryker Phd won the Bud Handicap with authority. Leslie road the perfect ride. That was fun to watch.

  3. Needless to say, I was one of those upset Dancing Yodeler was a scratch yesterday. I saw a horse by the name of Virginia Way scratched as well. Should there have been undue influence that this occur say from the states of NC, TN, or VA, I would hope not.

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