East Coast Riders Bristle At No-Whip Experiment In California

by | 04.12.2019 | 3:37pm

While the proposed no-whip experiment that was to have taken place today at Santa Anita Park is now off, riders on the Maryland circuit are watching from afar with some concern. The Racing Biz interviewed several Eastern jockeys who say they'd support a limit on the number of hits a rider can make during a race but don't like the idea of giving up whips altogether.

The riders said the use of a whip on a horse who bears out, especially a green horse drifting outside around a turn, is critical to safety. In most such cases, jockeys are using the crop on the horse's shoulder, they said.

Currently, the rule in California limits the number of strikes a jockey may make before waiting for a response from the horse. Initially, the limit was set at three when the rule was first implemented and received pushback after several riders were handed violations in summer 2015 after its implementation. Per current rule language, those restrictions do not apply to horses working out.

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