O.K. let me explain a little better... Horses are gelded for 1 of 3 reasons
1. To try to control an unruly colt/horse that is exceptionally high strung
2. To try to keep his mind on his work instead of looking at the fillies
3 To prevent the bloodlines of a certain horse from continuing...either the owners feel he will not be in demand/would make a poor stallion or the bloodlines in his family are inbred to the point where it is no longer in the best interest to produce (most likely) more weak/fragile horses
The act of gelding a horse is almost always done as a yearling or even as a 2 y.o. (although it can be done at any time). A colt is no longer such (regardless of age) once the act of gelding has taken place and will be referred to as a gelding. These horses will most likely enter their first race already having been gelded (so you also have nothing to judge their performance on as they never ran as a colt). Horses that are gelded with the attempt to turn a career around (keeping their mind on the job) are usually announced with the early scratches and the pre card analysis given by the track handicappers. You would have to be at the track or OTB facility to hear the analysis but the changes will also be listed on Equibase.com
As far as the statement I made about the Blinkers and the Lasix combo (you just have to trust me with that one). It's worth watching the results for a while when you see it (then tell me I'm wrong)
"Let me try to help...certain races allow for certain options. As far as I know the programs are printed in advance so you must watch for the changes on race day. I have yet to see a gelded horse not declared as such. There just might be a situation where it doesn't have to be mentioned but I do not know what that would be."
Final programs are made only a few days before the race...the act of gelding has been done long before that, I assure you. It's possible, I guess, that the official entry was made before the gelding took place, in which case maybe the program would simply report out-of-date info and require a late change. But that's not always the case. A "late change" doesn't cover everything. If a gelding is listed as a "c" or "h" in the program, then obviously they have to announce a change. But what if the horse is listed as a "g" in the program because the horse was entered as a gelding...do they still announce it as a "late change" to announce that the act of gelding happened after the last race and prior to this one? Knowing that a horse is gelded in itself is relatively meaningless. Knowing that a horse was intact for his lifetime past performances but has since been gelded could mean a lot. And if you're talking about a young horse or a maiden who has been gelded, I'd like to know when in his career that took place. Take the case of a maiden with 3-4 bad races and then a sudden improvement in his last start. If the past performances indicate he was gelded between his last start and two starts back, I might think he's an improved horse from the gelding. If the past performances list him as a gelding but don't tell me when it happened, I can't necessarily attribute any of his improvement to the gelding because for all I know, he was gelded prior to his bad races, too.
"However Maiden first starter 2 y.o. 3y.o. 4 y.o. (doesn't matter) have the option of coming out with Blinkers On without announcing it (Watch for it). Catching this combination with first time Lasix is important." Blinkers on as an equipment change might mean something, because it could lead to improvement. If we're talking a first-timer, you don't know if the addition of blinkers does anything to a horse. You also don't know if he/she had blinkers on for the workouts. Ditto for Lasix. If the horse has some races and adds Lasix, you could infer that maybe he had a bleeding problem in a prior race and expect improvement with Lasix. If it's a firster, you don't know how much the Lasix will be of benefit. A slow horse with Lasix and blinkers is still a slow horse.
If Sportsman's hadn't show that a combo auto racing/horse racing facility is a stupid idea, Stronach probably would've tried one by now.
I wonder if portions of this article were written long ago: "...Fatefully, the final meeting at Sportsman's this spring produced what turned out to be the most memorable moment in the track's Thoroughbred racing history, when War Emblem won the track's premier race, the Illinois Derby (G2), and then went on to win the Kentucky Derby (G1) and Preakness Stakes (G1)."
"This spring?" War Emblem was spring of 2002. Ten Most Wanted won the Illinois Derby of "this spring," and it was run at Hawthorne.
Actually, I think the most memorable moment in Spt's thoroughbred history was on closing day one meet a few years ago. The jockeys thought it was unsafe to ride with a concert going-on in the infield. Spt cancelled the racing card instead of the concert.
I never quite understood why Spt and Haw were right next to each other.
B'cause there are enuff dumb players in the metro area and harness racing (Sportman's oval was best suites for it) was a biggie once upon a time.
A question for those with knowledge of reporting requirements on equipment changes: doesn't the change to a gelding need to be noted? It may be the biggest change of all. Personally know of one at A track today that went unreportes- also- do not recall other than the NYRA tracks- posting this info.