Jack Darling's Blog
Published: August 16, 2016 1:51 pm ET
Last Comment: August 19, 2016 2:04 pm ET | 2 Comment(s) | Jump to Comments
I recently read on Rideau Carleton's condition sheet that there would be some discussion on racing an afternoon card without the drivers using whips.
I found this alarming and feel compelled to give an opinion on it.
Several years ago when we enacted our new whipping rule, I was a strong supporter of the limited use of the whip that we have now. As strongly as I supported that, I feel even more so that a driver must be allowed to carry a whip in a race for practical reasons and most importantly for safety reasons.
A whip is a training tool used to keep your horse moving forward. A driver needs to carry one in case their horse gets spooked when warming up or during the race to keep the horse moving forward to avoid an accident. I almost always carry a whip with me when training my two-year-olds. Warming up a green two-year-old at the racetrack could be very hazardous if you didn't have a whip when they were frightened by all the new sights.
Whipless racing might sound appealing on the surface but based on my experience it is impractical and very dangerous. I urge the judges to vigorously enforce the urging rules that we have in place today.
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