• Most notable mover on Thoroughbred Racing Commentary global rankings
+5 Peter Miller
America’s Lasix ban now extends to all stakes races – and not just two-year-olds – in the majority of major racing jurisdictions.
They include California, which means there was a delicious irony in the identity of the trainer who landed the first stakes race on New Year’s Day to be run Lasix-free at Santa Anita.
This was the G2 Joe Hernandez Stakes, won by former claimer Hembree, who sneaked through from last to first on the rail under Joel Rosario.
The seven-year-old is now trained by sprint king Peter Miller, who saddled a second G2 winner on Saturday in Anothertwistafate to earn a 5pt boost (#14 from #15) in a quiet week on the TRC global rankings.
There are a few reasons why Miller, well known for Breeders’ Cup exploits in recent years, received our accolade this week – not least in that there wasn’t much to go on with only two G1 events on the global calendar. Moreover, it is much harder to move up the charts the higher you get up the charts.
It also allows us to reproduce Miller’s pre-race comments from the Blood Horse, in which he was quoted that outlawing Lasix is a bid to placate anti-racing groups who will now use potentially grisly images of bleeding from the nostril to further their own ends. Blood on the tracks, no less.
“The people that like horse racing like it [Lasix],” said Miller, speaking to journalist Byron King. “People that don’t – Lasix doesn’t matter.
“Talk about just shooting yourself in the foot,” he added. “These idiots think that is going to move the needle.”
Oof! Well, it is an opinion, for sure – but perhaps Miller might have chosen his words more carefully, given how much the unfair perception of endemic doping has besmirched the US branch of the sport. Let’s keep the needle out of it, shall we?
Oh, yes, those G1 winners? Avantage in New Zealand’s Railway Stakes at Ellerslie, resulting in nudges for trainer Jamie Richards (+4pt, stays at #7) and jockey Opie Bosson (+5pt, #20 from #22), plus Omega Perfume in the Tokyo Daishoten on the NAR circuit at Ohi. The humans involved here were Shogo Yasuda (≠5pt, #143 from #184) and Mirco Demuro (+4pt, #49 from #55).
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