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There are times when a trainer will try to shake a horse out of its doldrums by changing its normal routine. He might switch his runner from dirt to grass or from a route to a sprint. Sometimes, he’ll add or remove blinkers.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t always work – even when a Hall of Fame trainer does it.

After nine futile attempts to secure a maiden win for the Phipps Stable gelding State Flag, trainer Shug McGaughey opted for new strategy. The son Street Cry was coming off a third-place finish, in which he lost by a nose and a neck, and a runner-up finish by a neck in his start before that – all while racing in New York without blinkers.

But when McGaughey entered State Flag in a Dec. 22 maiden race at Gulfstream Park, he put blinkers on the chestnut gelding.

McGaughey had tried that tact before, running State Flag with blinkers for a third- and fourth-place finish in fall 2011.

This time, the move was an abject failure as State Flag finished sixth, beaten by 8 ½ lengths.

Learning from his goof, McGaughey gave State Flag a seven-week break, pumped a couple of brisk blowouts into him and entered him in a Feb. 10 race at Gulfstream – without blinkers.

Racing without the hood, State Flag reverted to the form he displayed in New York – when he raced without blinkers – and this time finally proved best, winning by 1 ½ lengths as a 5-2 favorite.

The lesson: Trainers make mistakes; they’re human. When they quickly move to rectify them it’s usually a positive sign that there’s a valid explanation for a bad performance.

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En Español 

Translated by Anthony Gutierrez, Edited by Jose Acevedo

Puntos de apuestas de la semana: Mejor No!

Hay veces en que un entrenador tratará de sacudir a un caballo para sacarlo de su abatimiento o desanimo. Normalmente, se puede logra cambiando su rutina habitual . El entrenador podría cambiar a su corredor de pista de tierra a pista de grama, o de una carrera larga/resistencia a una carrera de velocidad. A veces, puede colocar o quitar el implemento gringola (tapaojos).Pero por desgracia,a veces no funciona, incluso cuando un entrenador del salón de la fama lo intenta.

Despúes de nueve intentos inútiles para asegurar la primera victoria para los establos Phipps (Phipps Stable, nombre en inglés), con el caballo castrado State Flag, el entrenador Shug McGaughey opto por una nueva estrategia. El hijo de Street Cry venía de llegar  en tercer lugar, en el cual  perdío por una nariz y un cuello, y antes de eso,también venía de llegar segundo por un cuello en su primera carrera.Todas estas carreras fueron corridas en el hipódromo de Nueva York y el caballo no utilizo ningún tipo de gringola.

Pero cuando McGaughey inscribió  a State Flag en una carrera inaugural el 22 de Diciembre en el hipódromo de Gulfstream Park, le puso las gringolas al caballo castaño. Antes,McGaughey había tratado  esa táctica, State Flag habia utilizado gringolas y había obtenido tercero y cuarto en el otoño del 2011.

Esta vez, el movimiento fue un fracaso absoluto,State Flag terminó sexto, vencido por 8 cuerpos y medio.

Aprendiendo de su tonterías , McGaughey le dio a State Flag un descanso de siete semanas, bombeo un par de explosiones energéticas contra él le inscribió  a State Flag en la carrera del 10 de Febrero en el hipódromo de Gulfstream Park, esta vez sin el implemento gringolas.

Corriendo sin  la capucha, State Flag volvió a la forma que mostró en Nueva York cuando compitió sin gringolas  y esta vez finalmente resultó mejor, ganando por 1 cuerpo  y medio, como favorito en pizarra, con apuesta de 5-2.

La lección: Entrenadores cometen errores, a la final son humanos. Pero Cuando se mueven rápidamente para rectificar,por lo general, es una señal positiva de que hay una explicación vàlida para un mal desempeño o resultado.

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Bob Ehalt

Bob Ehalt has been an avid fan of Thoroughbred racing since that day in June of 1971 when he and his father walked from their Queens Village, N.Y., home to Belmont Park to see Canonero II fall short in his bid for the Triple Crown. A veteran sports writer and correspondent for Thoroughbred Times magazine, Bob has covered horse racing for more than 20 years and has won three awards in the Associated Press Sports Editors national writing contest for his coverage of the sport.

Now working at the New Haven Register in Connecticut, Bob has also owned Thoroughbreds since 1995 and was a member of the syndicate that raced Tale of the Cat. He also writes a racing blog for ESPNNewYork.com and is the co-founder of the New York Hot List handicapping service, which is offered at InterBets.com.

His NTRA.com blog received first-place honors in the 2008-09 Breeders' Cup Media Awards, winning in the initial year of competition in the Social Media category.  You can follow him on Twitter at @BobEhalt

 

Image Description

Bob Ehalt

Bob Ehalt has been an avid fan of Thoroughbred racing since that day in June of 1971 when he and his father walked from their Queens Village, N.Y., home to Belmont Park to see Canonero II fall short in his bid for the Triple Crown. A veteran sports writer and correspondent for Thoroughbred Times magazine, Bob has covered horse racing for more than 20 years and has won three awards in the Associated Press Sports Editors national writing contest for his coverage of the sport.

Now working at the New Haven Register in Connecticut, Bob has also owned Thoroughbreds since 1995 and was a member of the syndicate that raced Tale of the Cat. He also writes a racing blog for ESPNNewYork.com and is the co-founder of the New York Hot List handicapping service, which is offered at InterBets.com.

His NTRA.com blog received first-place honors in the 2008-09 Breeders' Cup Media Awards, winning in the initial year of competition in the Social Media category.  You can follow him on Twitter at @BobEhalt

 

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