Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: New Orleans, La
The Meadowlands aka The Big M is now ship in only, which was so sad to see many barns I have raced out no longer there. Most trainers prefer racing off of farms or training centers as you can have access to turnout and have the ability to tailor your training program more. Wiggle It looked great but traffic got the best of him, happens to all of us one time or another.
The "rocking" many drivers do is just another way to encourage more speed, the whip is not used the same as in TB racing, the drivers hit the shafts of the bike or the vinyl racing number and not the horse as much. Drivers will do almost anything to get an advanage and coak more speed. I'm not sure how well it works but telling a driver anything is hard even in the best of times :).
I honestly find Standardbred racing so much better on almost every level better than TB, I worked in TB racing before switching to STBs and I've not looked back. The STBs get treated so much better, and get more opportunity to just be a horse. We always had access to turnout, even if it was a oversized round pen, and our breeders work really hard to improve the breed and not just sell an overly precocious miler who bleeds.
I'll keep updating STB racing and especally Foiled Again (he had a bad trip also) and Wiggle It Jiggleit, love these two and love how our stars keep racing past 3 yos.