‘This Was Not A Good Horse For Us To Have Here’: 11-Year-Old Horse Barred From Running At Charles Town

Charles Town officials decided not to allow an 11-year-old horse – which hadn't started in nearly seven years – to work at the track last Saturday.

The Daily Racing Form reports that the 11-year-old Awesome Actor, who had been stabled at the track for six weeks, had been ordered out of the barn area by track officials prior to the planned workout. According to the DRF, the horse had recorded two workouts at Charles Town in June.

Track stewards had told the horse's owner, James King, earlier in the week that the horse would have to work under the supervision of the state vet, in addition to passing both a physical exam and drug test, before he would be allowed to start in a race.

King, who owns a farm in Maryland, received a share of the horse in 2011 on the “condition that he rehabilitate the horse.” King said that a long-running ownership dispute, which spent many years in the court system, prevented him from racing Awesome Actor in the past. King decided to return the horse to the farm.

Awesome Actor had been entered to run in a $5,000 claiming race at Charles Town June 29. However, stewards had the horse scratched after being notified of “critical comments on social-media sites about the horse's long layoff.”

Awesome Actor finished last in his final three starts – all in claiming races – back in 2010 at Charles Town.

“On the surface, the horse had not been competitive for the bottom price in his last three starts seven years ago,” said Erich Zimny, vice president of racing operations at Charles Town.

“Having him come off a seven-year layoff, the amount of things that can go wrong are exponentially greater than the number of things that can go right.”

Read more in the Daily Racing Form

 

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