Trainer Kenny McPeek, in Newmarket to oversee part of the preparation of Noble’s Promise for the G1 St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot, commented to the Racing Post that American racing needs to go drug free.
McPeek said, “Noble’s Promise ran on a small shot of Lasix in the Kentucky Derby, but I have no problem whatsoever with the lack of medication at Ascot. For that matter, I believe America has to eliminate medication from all our Graded races.”
Many individuals and various organizations, including the US Graded Stakes Committee, have been working to this end, and the USGSC even took away the grades from some stakes in Pennsylvania of 2009 after the track there failed to work with the GSC’s threshold-level protocol on race-day medication.
The race with Noble’s Promise at Ascot will be fascinating to watch. We might learn a great deal about what our horses do and don’t need.