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Jockeys Decision Saves Horse

A jockey must ensure that the horse he is riding is safe during the race. Only then, if the horse is able to, must the jockey push it to win the race.

Luckily these days most horses finish the race in a good shape. Occasionally one or two horses, however, do suffer a small injury that is only discovered post-race.

Mike SmithMike Smith did just what was needed after pulling up his horse named Shared Belief halfway through the $1.5 million Charles Town Classic at Woodbine racetrack.

What exactly happened

Midway through the race, jockey Smith was unsatisfied with Shared Belief’s motion after the horse apparently slipped slightly at the start of the race. The horse ended up recovering to run six furlongs but could not run comfortably before Smith’s decision to stop. A swelling was soon found in the four-year old horse’s stifle – a joint in the hind legs.

According to trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, the horse was resting fine and the injury was far from life or career threatening.

A small upset

David Moran rode US Marshall to a one length win at the $100000 Wando Stakes in Woodbine at a recent race. Given the odds of 9-2, Moran placed US Marshall on the outside of Decision Day who was the bettors choice to win. Moving his horse alongside the leader, Moran put his head in front at the quarter mark and then managed to hold off the remainder of the five horses to secure the win.

According to Moran he had a great ride and kept telling his trainer that they’d probably end up behind Decision Day. Moran thought he was being dragged.

US Marshall secured its second career win in nine starts as well his first stakes tally. Moran said his horse tried all the way to the end.


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