Curlin is Just Happy to See You
Some ‘stiff’ penalties indeed were handed down this week in the quarter horse world as a New Mexico trainer was given a 16 year suspension for dosing his racing stock with Viagra. In what is believe to be a first; several owners were also sanctioned. Details here from the Paulick Report:
The puns aplenty throughout the Twitterverse reminded me of a day long ago at Lane’s End Farm in Kentucky where I met the great Curlin just beginning his stud career. I snapped the above picture of ‘Curlin Jr.’ who appeared ready for his close up.
Viagra sends increased bloodflow to one specific area; which has very little to do with performance outside of the bedroom, at least in humans. It’s doubtful that human size dosages of the drug have the same effect on horses, especially given the fact that several drugged horses were female.
I think if the drug testing labs used my HR/GPS gear to ascertain if these illegal drugs actually increase performance in athletic horses they would find that 75% of what is illegal simply doesn’t work as hoped for by the cheaters.
Nevertheless, it’s good for the game to send these boneheads to the sidelines.
(Okay, I am out of puns.)