Horse Racing

Racing professionals give mixed views on the use, rules of the Tongue Tie

BY HURBUN WILLIAMS
Observer writer

Friday, September 07, 2018

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The loose Tongue Tie issue just before an official race has drawn mixed reactions from a wide and varied cross section of trainers. The Supreme Racing Guide canvassed the views of several trainers on this divided issue and these views are published below.

PHILIP FEANNY - If the Tongue Tie equipment comes off at the starting gates or any other place after the horses comes on the track for the parade, that horse should run without the Tongue Tie and the trainer not have the option that his horse cannot run. If he wanted his horse to run in the Tongue Tie then he would have put it on properly. Have you noticed that the Tongue Tie does not become untied on the horses of the better trainers, so put it on properly and it will not come loose or drop off. A lot of people are now talking about the Tongue Tie that is put on deliberately or incorrectly so as to have the horse not run. In the event it is a claiming horse there should be no exception, the rule should be applied right across the board: Top and bottom. If it comes off in a case where the horse will not run in the Tongue Tie the betting public should be notified and given two to three minutes or to change bets if that is the desire.

SPENCER CHUNG – If the Tongue Tie should drop off then the trainer mush be fined for the neglect as the equipment is not something that can drop off when it is affixed properly. That is the only change I would make to the present rule.

WAYNE DACOSTA – When a horse is declared to wear the Tongue Tie equipment and it becomes loose before the race the particular horse must be made to run without the equipment and the trainer fined for being negligent in not properly preparing his charge for participating with the declared equipment. This will sooner, rather than later, get trainers to adhere to the rules as prescribed.

ANTHONY NUNES – As far as I am concerned the rule that is in place – that if your horse has on a Tongue Tie and he goes to the starting gates and it falls off, the Stewards in charge of the race meeting call the trainer and gives him/her the option of whether or not he/she wants the horse to race with or without the Tongue Tie. As far as I am concerned that is a perfect rule and there is no need to enact any changes and this should be for all classes of horse from bottom claiming to Grade 1.

PATRICK FONG – For me it depends on the horse in question. Some horses, I will make them run, some I will scratch them. As some horses love the Tongue Tie and run better with it while some run both ways. In a claiming race most of the trainers will allow the horse to race without the Tongue Tie because there is where they have their chance. For once the horse enters the track and it is claimed it is out of your hands whether it has on the Tongue Tie or not. You just have to hope for the best and run him/her because if you don't they will still claim the horse and you will get nothing but if the horse runs and wins or even place you will have more to gain other than the claiming fee.

DONOVAN PLUMMER – My personal opinion is that, for instance, if you have a horse and it gets to the gates and the Tongue Tie becomes loose the action is out of your hands. If it is a claiming horse and it is of interest to others that horse automatically goes, so you just have to run to see if you can win the race. But if it is not a claiming horse then you should have the option to withdraw the horse. If it is a claiming horse and it goes to the gates and the Tongue Tie comes loose, even though you feel it does not have any real chance then you just have to hope for the best.

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