Claiming game, good or bad for Thoroughbred Racing, How the IRS changed the sport from breeding to race to breeding to sell

February 25, 2021

On this Past the Wire TV show Jeff Metz and Jonathan Stettin talk about whether the long standing practice of running claiming races in the US is good or bad for the horse and the sport. They contrast it with how things are done in other parts of the world.

Jeff and Jon take a look back at how the sport changed from a breeding to race game to a breeding to sell game and what it was that originally happened to drive the large powerhouse farms out of the sport.

With all the exciting racing coming up our hosts look at what they look for in newly turned three year olds and what to expect from two Kentucky Derby prospects running this Saturday, Essential Quality in the Southwest and Fire at Will in the Fountain of Youth.

As always you get some frank and straight opinions from these two students of the game…..

Jon is quite high on the Declaration of War colt out of a Kitten’s Joy mare Fire at Will who won the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf but is now trying to get on the Kentucky Derby trail and earn some Kentucky Derby points in Gulfstream Park’s Fountain of Youth.

Essential Quality runs at Oaklawn Park in the Southwest. He is the returning two year old champ who missed some key training at Oaklawn due to poor weather forcing a track closure. Hear Jeff’s opinion as a trainer as to how that may or may not impact his performance.

Thank you for tuning in and sit back and enjoy the show!

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Jeff Metz

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