On this episode of Unfiltered, Michael Wilson is joined by videographer and editor Jim Gazzale. The pair discuss the news of the week with Rich Strike’s jockey Sonny Leon claiming a slipped saddle resulted in him giving an elbow to Tyler Gafflione in Saturday’s Lukas Classic at Churchill Downs.
Also why Michael believes, should Epicenter win the BC Classic next month, his stud fee would only go down should he race as a 4-year-old. This came as Michael and Jim discussed the reasons horses retire after short careers.
Is handle the end-all-be-all for gauging a healthy sport? Michael shares his thoughts around a few other key metrics that paint a different, and maybe more accurate, picture of horse racing’s overall health.
Watch Unfiltered: Slipping Saddles, Illegal Shoes, Early Retirements & a Lack of Storytelling below
Videography + graphics: Jim Gazzale