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New Rules For Shawn Robinson

Published: June 10, 2010 8:32 am ET

Last Comment: June 16, 2010 2:00 pm ET | 10 Comment(s) | Jump to Comments

As a result of a meeting earlier this week between trainer Shawn Robinson and management at Woodbine Entertainment Group, Robinson will now race his horses from the backstretch of Mohawk Racetrack. The track has given Robinson stalls for his in-to-go horses that must be on site from draw day to race day.

Neither WEG nor Robinson offered Trot Insider additional comments.

Is racing from the track backstretch an answer for racetracks trying to keep a closer eye on trainers? On Monday, harness racing owner and lawyer Chris Wittstruck wrote an opinion piece with a very similar premise. The contents of that editorial appear here.

June 16, 2010 - 2:00 pmC.Renon it is my view WEG

carlo renon SAID...

C.Renon it is my view WEG has no right to impose this measure on Mr. Robinson or bar Bill from racing there. It is the ORC's job to regulate racing and these people are either guilty and should be banned at every track or they are not and should have the same racing privilliages as all that are not guilty. What about other trainers with extremely high averages? WEG and the ORC are becoming a farce!!

June 13, 2010 - 4:45 pmWEG promotes transparency in

WEG promotes transparency in its racing endeavours, yet they impose restrictions such as this without giving the background or reasoning for/behind this decision. This only serves to create speculation and discourages handicapping/wagering to the detriment of public confidence and the industry as a whole. Also many horsemen prefer to prevent race track sour horses by turning horses out. How is this possible now for MR. Robinson?

June 13, 2010 - 3:35 pmFAO of Mr Patrick... your

Peter Smith SAID...

FAO of Mr Patrick... your statement that "if a horse can pace :51 this week and can't pace :55 next week, (you) see that as a problem" is a very misguided one and it displays the kind of attitude that leads people to think our industry is dishonest.

There are an infintie number of HONEST reasons why a horse will perform well one week and not so well another. Have you ever seen Lebron James score 40points one week then struggle and score 18 the next? Ever seen a baseball player hit two homers one week then hardly catch a base hit the next??

It happens! Horses can't talk, they can't tell us when they feel good/bad/indifferent... We don't seem to have a problem with our human athletes performing inconsistently - yet we demand it from our equine athletes??

Makes no sense to me...

June 12, 2010 - 11:09 pmFAMILY NAME DAMAGE IM 35 YRS

ROY AGOSTINO SAID...

FAMILY NAME DAMAGE
IM 35 YRS OLD AND SINCE I WAS 10 YRS OLD I HEARD THE ROBINSON NAME WINNING RACES AND 25 YRS LATER ITS STILL WINNING RACES AND WILL CONTINUE TOO SO THE PRESSURE AND PREVENTIVE MEASURES ARE DOING NOTHING. EVERY SPORT HAS A SUPERIOR GREAT AND THE ROBINSON NAME IS THIS SPORTS SUPERIOR, AND YOU PEOPLE HAPPY HES STABLED AT THE TRACK NOW ,LOOK AT THIS WEEKS RESULTS SHAWN IS STILL WINNING RACES AND WILL CONTINUE TOO WAY TO GO KYLE MAJOR! AND AS A BETTOR I LOVE TO WAGER ROBINSON HORSES I KNOW MY MONEY IS GETTING THE MOST VALUE FOR MY BET. DID YOU NOTICE SHAWN HAS GREAT HORSES, STAFF ,TOP OF THE LINE EQUIPMENT , AND USES TOP DRIVERS

June 12, 2010 - 5:01 pmI would like to know if He

I would like to know if He was told to or asked to have all His horses moved to Weg property. How was He allowed to race there anyway, His Father and Brother have both been suspended from Weg and now their horses are still racing there. As far as the other few "Hot" trainers that have out smarted the system when are they going to get caught??? The retention system is not working as everyone can see. More money should be used on proper testing of todays modern world of racing. The offenders should be dealt with by the Law Officials, not Weg handing out small fines and a few months suspensions. As far as Mr Patrick's comments I would like to know when is the last time there was consistency in any of the horses these trainer's have, They usually go off at very low odds and get beat most of the time, and it is the owners that pay the retention fees not the trainers. This is My opinion for all it's worth. John

June 11, 2010 - 6:43 amYou race at the WEG

You race at the WEG racetracks, you race by their rules.

June 10, 2010 - 5:23 pmThis comment is not directed

John Carter SAID...

This comment is not directed at Shawn Robinson but the sport in general. Every few years there is a trainer that comes out of the blue and totally dominates the particular track they are racing at for a period of a few years and then just as quickly they tumble thru the trainer standings. I could name a multitude of trainers that fit this pattern in the last 15 or 20 years that have trained at weg or at the big m.

How do they get so good so fast, when they claim the horse is the way they jog or shoe the horse so superior to the trainer they took the horse off of, or are they doing something they shouldn't to gain an unfair advantage. Then 2 or 3 years later they cool off and it seems they can't win a fixed race, did they forget how to jog and shoe a horse or were the authorities closing in on them and they had to stop doing what they were doing.

For the trainers who use illegal methods to gain an advantage even if they are not cheating the betters by remaining consistent by doing it with all there horses it is still wrong for a multitude of reasons. For starters it can be very hard on the horse and further more even if they are not cheating the betting public they are cheating other owners, drivers and trainers by taking purse money away from them. These trainers must be weeded out and banned for life.

June 10, 2010 - 12:36 pmGiven the history of this

Given the history of this family and the damage that they have done to the business, it's about time. While they are at it, it would be nice to see a few others asked to join this program. It will be interesting to see how the Robinson horses perform under this arrangement, assuming that he continues to enter them to race at WEG tracks.

June 10, 2010 - 11:59 amLooks like more arbitrary

Don Patrick SAID...

Looks like more arbitrary treatment by WEG. Haven't we seen this type of treatment in the past? I recall when horseman were upset with the rate at which Casie Coleman was winning races. WEG, in their infinite wisdom, put all of her horses in retention for more than a year. She continued to win at a similar rate. The time and cost to Casie and her owners was probably quite a lot.

When did winning become so wrong? Shawn Robinson horses have done well out of the retention barn. So, the solution is now more scrutiny? I disagree. If you think he's cheating, do more testing.

As a bettor, I want to see consistency. If a horse paces 1:51 this week, and struggles to go 1:55 next week, I see that as a problem.

June 10, 2010 - 10:10 amWhat are the guidelines for

Mark Groff SAID...

What are the guidelines for this ruling? Does it apply to all trainers?


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