Horse Racing

Was it 'good blood' or 'bad blood'?

Friday, September 22, 2017

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The disqualification of Goodbloodbadblood on Saturday set the cats among the pigeons as punters were divided in their views as to whether or not Gordon Lewis' charge should have been removed from the winner's position.

After the disqualification, The Supreme Racing Guide sought the opinions of some race fans at the track.

EVERTON REID

Although I believe that most people are going to say that the race should not have been taken away from Goodbloodbadblood, to me the stewards were correct in their decision. I think that they made the right call as, from replays and the naked eyes watching the race, Goodbloodbadblood did interfere with Strike It Lucky. It was a fair decision in my opinion.

DENNIS BROWN

I believe that the race should not have taken away. The stewards made the wrong decision. They are very inconsistent as they have been making more wrong decisions than right calls. When the horse [ Goodbloodbadblood] finished the race, he ended up throwing off the jockey. That could simply mean that the horse was feeling some kind of pain or something. There was a slight contact, yes, but that wasn't enough for him to be disqualified. The other jockey didn't even take a pull or anything, and the horse [ Strike It Lucky] didn't lose any momentum. Goodbloodbadblood won by 10 lengths; the result should have remained. The stewards can overlook things like these. They didn't have to take away the race; instead they should have called up the jockey to find out what happened and, if it was his fault, then fine him or caution him or something. Punters keep up the game of horse racing, and if you don't have any punters then you don't have any game. These things are chasing away the punters. I have a friend who got so frustrated that he stopped gambling. I remember one day I sneaked out from work and came here. I bought a double and the races were taken away, but the connections appealed and got back the race. Me? I got nothing. I was the one that lost. You have nobody looking out for the punters. We need somebody to look out for the punters.

PHILLIP ABRAHAMS

The disqualification was not justified because even when Goodbloodbadblood came out, the jockey on Strike It Lucky didn't stop riding nor did he take a pull to indicate any serious contact. From [the time] Goodbloodbadblood went in front, he just went on his ways to win comfortably. I have seen worse interference than that and the stewards didn't disqualify [the horse]. I don't really know. The stewards make the calls, we are just punters. We are the ones that stand to lose in all of this.

BAG MAN

I don't think that the disqualification was justified, because if Strike It Lucky did have a chance to win then she would have won, but with a little infringement with the horse they disqualified the winner. The jockey on Strike It Lucky kept on riding. He didn't take a pull and that says a lot. The wind out there is very strong, and I think that made Goodbloodbadblood come over a bit. Goodbloodbadblood won by over 10 lengths. Strike It Lucky didn't have any chance.

NOEL ROBINSON

I didn't see anything in that to have disqualified Goodbloodbadblood in the race. They [stewards] are just robbing the punters. I didn't see anything to prove that the race should have been taken away. The horse that was going to win the race won the race. Strike It Lucky didn't lose any momentum as she was in second place and just got run out of it. Everything, all exotic bets will have carryovers, and that was just what they wanted. It was an unfair decision by far.

MARK LAWRENCE

The stewards made their call and we have to work with it. Even though it is not going to benefit us, we have to work with it. I bought the exacta — Goodbloodbadblood to beat General Mubaraak, and they disqualified that winner. If I complain, will I get back my money? No! Punters are the ones that suffer in all of this. To me, Goodbloodbadblood did cause some interference, yes, but that was not enough to disqualify him. Caution the rider or fine him, but the disqualification was unfair.

JASON MORGAN

Disqualify him, yes. Goodbloodbadblood caused interference to Strike It Lucky. I support the stewards' decision. Goodbloodbadblood caused Strike It Lucky to lose second place.

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