chuckles Oh, now, nothing
ventured, nothing gained, MJM. Of course there’s always the chance that your horse will
get beaten by a better one…but if you don’t send them out there to try, where’s the
If you do notice such a thing next time, it would just be more diplomatic to say
something like ‘I think someone may have made a mistake entering this horse’…the words
‘illegally entered’ just bring to mind unsportsmanlike hijinks that the person who entered
the horse may not have intended. And do please remember that, just as it is unfair for
someone to try to exploit loopholes to get an ‘easy win’ for their horse, so it’s also a
bit unsporting to try to find said loopholes in the hopes of eliminating competition simply
because you think it might be too much for yours.
In all fairness, I do think that
Battleship’s entry might be an honest mistake, if it even is one. In the FAQ an NW2 race
is defined as [i]"Open to any horse who has not won 2 allowance races (may have
won a maiden race, and/or numerous claiming races)"[/i]. No mention is made there
of Stakes races, ungraded or otherwise. Therefore, I think I’d
come to the same conclusion as Battleship’s owner apparently has, that if my horse hadn’t
won 2 Allowances, that he could still be entered in an NW2 race. Given that Battleship
hasn’t had the best of fortune in the two graded Stakes he’s run since then, and given that
all the ungraded Stakes races for the 11th are much shorter dashes, and given that the only
other 10-furlong race on the schedule is a Steeplechase (for fillies and mares), well, I
would have to assume that he was entered in that race the same reason we all put our steeds
in certain races – that that’s the one he stands the best chance in.
Of course, we all
know what happens when we assume. I could totally be wrong.
In any case, please
accept this missive in the humble good intent with which it is given. I wish you and your
horse(s) the best of luck tomorrow.