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Letter To The Editor: Therapeutic Drug Rules Necessitate A Change In Triple Crown Schedule

The Triple Crown trophy

Dear Paulick Report Team,

I hope this email finds you well. I am writing to you as an enthusiastic follower of Thoroughbred racing and a regular reader of your website. I would like to express my opinion on the dates of the Triple Crown of Thoroughbred racing in the United States, with which I totally agreed and liked that there were no changes.

I consider the current Triple Crown dates to be one of the reasons why it is so difficult to achieve this prestigious title. The sequence of races in a relatively short period of time presents a unique challenge for the horses and jockeys, and contributes to the appeal and grandeur of this event.

However, recently there have been changes to the rules imposed by the HISA (Horse Integrity and Safety Authority) that have made it impossible to treat a horse medically to run the Preakness Stakes. This raises a significant concern, as horses wishing to compete in this second leg would be at a complete disadvantage compared to those who did not run in the Kentucky Derby. As a result, there will be unfair competition between those who ran the Derby and those who did not.

In view of this situation, I would be aware of and supportive of the idea of adding an additional week between these two stakes. This would allow all horses to be on a level playing field in terms of veterinary medical treatments. A clear example of this disadvantage was the case of Mage this year, who participated in both stakes and found himself at a complete disadvantage compared to the other competitors. This horse had a month without medical treatment from the two weeks before the Derby to the date of the Preakness. Unfortunately, HISA was totally inconsiderate with this situation.

I hope you will consider my perspective and consider discussing with the right people the possibility of extending the period between the two stakes by one week instead of two weeks to ensure a fairer and more equitable competition.

I appreciate the work you do to keep us informed about Thoroughbred racing, and I am confident that taking these considerations into account will continue to preserve the prestige and integrity of the Triple Crown.

I appreciate your attention to this matter and hope that these reflections will be taken into account in future decisions.

Dr. Herman Guanipa
Wellington, FL
Assistant trainer/former veterinarian

Editor's Note: Please note that HISA medication regulations were not in effect for this year's Kentucky Derby and Preakness, but are on track to be in place for next year's races.

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