California: New Claiming Rule Gets Put to Use at Betfair Hollywood

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California’s new claiming rule was utilized for the first time Sunday when a claim that was submitted for a gelding in the first race at Betfair Hollywood Park was voided after he came back unsound in the test barn.

According to a report in the Daily Racing Form, the 4-year-old gelding Plenny of Henny won the first race on the card Sunday, and was claimed for $10,000 from trainer Bill Spawr for owners Phil Bongiovanni and Mary Ellen West. Plenny of Henny was observed to be unsound in the test barn after the race, and was placed on the vet’s list by veterinarian Tim Grande. As a result, the claim was voided.

Read more in the Daily Racing Form

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  • Old Timer

    Most bogus BS ever. The horse wins easy, with a huge move on the turn and goes in 10 and change. Then comes up “lame” in the test barn. If its me as the new owner, “I’ll take him! The hell with the rule”. Now if the horse comes back with a bad test, thats a whole other story.

    You want to protect horses, bring back and enforce jail rules, plain and simple. Some times the old rules worked well and this is one of them.

    • thevoiceoftruth69

      Put the horse on your stable mail. You can always eek one more race out of them. Let’s see how this guy does in the next 90 days. The rules is designed to prevent trainers from using cortizone from head to toe and then let someone else deal with the horse two days later when it can barely walk.

      • Old Timer

        June 6th, Hollywood.

        1:01 & 3 for 5 & 7 of 29….

        I’m watching don’t you worry!

      • Old Timer

        Hey Stable Mail dude,

        Plenny of Henny -

        July 6th, Hollywood Park, 1st Race, PP 6, Med L (note the no bute lol), Tag of $16k, Trainer William Spawr.

        In for a higher TAG, hahahahaha! Go Get Em’ HENNY!

    • betterthannothing

      You want to protect horses, first prevent abuse including drug abuse. It’s too painful and too late when horses are injured or dead.

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