G1 Winner Masochistic Turned Out, Likely Through For The Year

by | 05.17.2017 | 2:23pm
Masochistic winning the G2 Pat O'Brien Aug. 27.

Masochistic, one of the top California-based sprinters, has been given some time off and has been turned out for at least 60 days, according to a report in the Daily Racing Form.

The 7-year-old gelding most recently finished off the board as the favorite in the G2 Churchill Downs Stakes May 6. Masochistic currently is at Taylor Made Farm.

The DRF reports that Masochistic would likely not return to training until sometime this summer and would “need a few months to regain fitness.” Since he would miss several of the top sprint races during that time, he likely will not race again this year.

Masochistic was disqualified from his second-place finish in the G1 Breeders' Cup Sprint last November after having tested positive for a banned steroid. As a result, he is ineligible for the BC Sprint at Del Mar this year.

  • Richard C

    The story of this runner should warrant a segment on ESPN’s revamped E:60.

    • Whynotwest

      He is like A-rod. Can’t produce a thing unless he’s all juiced up.

      • disqus_wZUB6w9ANy

        Yeah , he asked the dirtbag connections for the steroids. What a stupid comment.

        • Whynotwest

          I never said he wanted them or asked for them. Still doesn’t change the fact that he can’t run a lick without drugs in his system. So your comment is completely irrelevant. Probably not unlike the rest of your life.

          • Jbumi

            He’s won or placed in 5 Graded stakes without being disqualified. So YOUR comment is irrelevant.

          • Whynotwest

            C’mon. We all know that just because a horse wasn’t disqualified doesn’t mean they weren’t running with drugs in their system. Especially in California.

          • paul adams

            This colt is tiny and doesn’t hold weight well. On his day with every medication gimmick he can really run, but then the weight off cycle repeats itself

    • Jbumi

      I was just thinking he’s the most hard-luck horse I can remember. A script writer could make a hell of a story out of his life.

  • Ida Lee

    What a soap opera !!! This horse deserves better….at least he’s getting his R&R in a beautiful place….

  • PointGivenTCL

    Time off to “regain fitness” – there’s a new one.

    • Melann Johnston

      They did the same thing with Chrome, and just recently Songbird. It’s a good thing not a sinister cover up. I think every horse deserve a rest no and then.

      • Brent T

        Definitely.

    • Larry Sterne

      all athletes need time off. NFL and baseball gives their athletes time off . horses are not machines and you just flip the switch to max performance. they need time to refurbish their want to before they get sour on racing.competing at a high level is a lot mental.

      • PointGivenTCL

        Of course, I agree – I was just taking issue with the terminology. To me fitness is something you get from training. Time off on the other hand helps you regain condition – both mental and physical (weight).

  • Olebobbowers

    Finished 13th as favorite, the bettors deserve better. Racing is in deep enough trouble. Apply the Trainer Responsibility Rule and kick the outlaws out…duh!

    • Naneki

      AMEN!!!!! So tired of seeing these connections getting away with this as their training MO…at least BC stepped in when CHRB would not.

  • john

    Let him retire in peace….no more steroids.

  • Audrey Gulla

    I remember Masochistic during the 2015 season when I began following AP. Also his ‘unfortunate’ disqualification from the BC Sprint due to drugs. Like another commentator stated….the horse didn’t ask for substance. Every horse, like people, deserves another chance….maybe the horse more so. I wish him well & that he’s better treated ( ethically ) after his rest.

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