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At the Gate - Wednesday
The Breeders’ Cup officially came down on the connections of Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) runner up Masochistic, who was disqualified from the runner up finish when it was announced the horse tested positive for trace amounts of the anabolic steroid stanozolol.
The steroid was given to the horse shortly after his final prep, and he tested positive for trace amounts eight days before the Sprint. The recommended withdrawal time is 60 days, and his trainer Ron Ellis knew there was a chance the horse would test positive after the race, he raced him anyway and he did test positive.
The Breeders’ Cup announced on Tuesday that it has notified Ellis and the owners, Jay Em Ess Stable and Los Pollos Hermanos Racing, of action taken pursuant to its Prohibited Substance Rule and Convicted Trainer Rule.
As a result of the issuance of a ruling by the Santa Anita Board of Stewards disqualifying Masochistic from a second-place finish in the Sprint and redistributing the purse based upon a positive test finding for the anabolic steroid stanozolol, the following actions have been taken:
-- As a first violation of the Prohibited Substance Rule in a Breeders’ Cup World Championships race, the horse’s trainer, Ron Ellis, and all horses directly or indirectly in his care will be ineligible to participate in the Breeders’ Cup World Championships in 2017. Breeders’ Cup rules prohibit the transfer of horses in Mr. Ellis’s barn to any other person associated with Mr. Ellis for the purpose of competing in the Breeders’ Cup.
-- Under the Convicted Trainer Rule, Masochistic will be ineligible to compete in the 2017 Breeders’ Cup World Championships.
Ellis never should have taken the chance of running his horse, and faces an addition fine and possible suspension.
On the bright side, it has reopened the discussion of steroid use in horses that are still in training. Most horseplayers I talked to thought that they were banned, and is some states they are.
But as of now, it is legal to use them in California, and could explain why we don’t see horses run for two to three months, and then come back as good as ever.
There are some circumstances where using steroids are beneficial for horses, but there should be at least a six-month period between the time they are administered and the time a horse races.
Or at the very least make it easier for the public to know what horses were administered steroids and when.
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Here is the opening race from Gulfstream Park to get the day off to a good start:
GP Race 1 Md $16,000 (12:35 ET)
#7 To Honor and Love   2-1
#3 Queen Roller   4-1
#1 Fableofthefeline   7-2
#5 Biondetti Song   6-1
Analysis: To Honor and Love is a $77,000 Keeneland purchase making her debut for the Nicks barn that is 19% winners with first time starters. The filly is by To Honor and Serve (11% winners with debut runners) out of a Johannesburg mare that has dropped two foals to race, one winner. She has been working quickly in the mornings including a good gate drill back on Dec. 14 over the surface.
Queen Roller tracked the early pace and weakened to finish fifth last out against $25,000 foes. The filly was a good second in her debut at GP West at 9-1 in a field of eight. A repeat of that effort here looks good enough to beat this group.
WIN: #7 to win at 2-1 or better.
EX: 3,7 / 1,3,5,7
TRI: 3,7 / 1,3,5,7 / 1,3,5,6,7
Today’s Featured Race of the Day from Gulfstream Park:
GP Race 7 Clm $16,000N3L (3:32 ET)
#6 Je Ne Said Pas   6-1
#12 Canarsie Kid   5-1
#10 Xanto   4-1
#8 Awesome My Way   9-2
Analysis: Je Ne Said Pas was not a threat last out against $8,000 restricted foes going five furlongs on turf at GP West off a 2 1/2 month break as the beaten favorite. The gelding was in the mix two and three back at this level at Monmouth Park with a second and a third. Both of his wins came over the turf here last spring including beating $12,500 non-winners of two in his first start after breaking his maiden. He is in good hands with the Servis barn that is 28% winners with runners coming back off a 61-180 day layoff. Decent value if he goes off near his 6-1 morning line.
Canarsie Kid pressed the early pace and weakened to finish fifth last out at this level over good ground. His last win came against $25,000 non-winners of two at Belmont Park at six panels on turf in gate to wire fashion. He owns solid early and mid pace numbers and broke his maiden over the turf here last May by seven lengths.
WIN: #6 to win at 4-1 or better.
EX: 6,12 / 6,8,10,12
TRI: 6,12 / 6,8,10,12 / 1,6,8,10,12
Live Longshots:
These are price plays for exotic players looking to find a couple of extra contenders to use in their trifecta and superfecta wagers. Or for those with smaller bankrolls, you might want to get in a small win-place wager.
Gulfstream Park
R3: #6 Sweet Deal   12-1
R4: #9 Equilibrium   8-1
R4: #8 Gran Identidad   10-1
R5: #12 Future Show   10-1
R6: #1 Camisole   10-1
R8: #1 Louies Baby Boy   8-1
R8: #7 Forman the Foreman   8-1
R9: #2 Distinta   10-1
R9: #5 Miss Wilby   8-1
R10: #9 Test My Love   15-1
Good luck today!

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