Kenny McPeek, trainer of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile second-place finisher Tiz The Bomb, reacts to the unusual circumstances in Friday’s race
Modern Games’ victory in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf was met with loud boos and social media derision, a circumstance that had little to do with the horse or his racing connections (Godolphin, Charlie Appleby, and William Buick).
The issue was that the 2-year-old colt was running as a non-wagering interest, for purse money only, since he had been prematurely scratched by the Breeders’ Cup veterinary team due to a starting gate incident.
More details on that scratch and the California Horse Racing Board’s reasoning is available here.
Some of the best Twitter reactions to the incident and Modern Games’ subsequent victory are below:
Who can make this up. I’m a Winner and 2nd. Unreal turn of events. Won but lost. Lost but won. Only could happen to me. We will carry on. Tiz The Bomb is a top horse and has a huge future. pic.twitter.com/0Bj6KSey0r
— Kenny McPeek (@KennyMcPeek) November 6, 2021
Wait, so I didn’t win? 🤬#BC21 #ModernGames
“This horse was so good, he was unbettable.”! 😂@SimonTVG @TVG pic.twitter.com/PwqK917PcY
— Nick J. Hines aka ”Sarge” 🇺🇸 (@Hinesite) November 6, 2021
Modern Games has just set a record for the lowest payout by a Breeders’ Cup winner of $0.00
— Mark (@ShamIAmNot) November 6, 2021
I wish I could say something to make people feel better. I feel genuine empathy for those that would have won money had Modern Games not been “scratched.” There are great highs and great lows in this game….somehow this one seems outside of those parameters.
— Andy Serling (@andyserling) November 6, 2021
Modern Games scores a $1 Million triumph for his owners and the bettors are left holding the bag.
That should be the only headline from today.
Instead we get talking heads spewing nonsense. Someone say what happened…
THE BETTORS GOT SCREWED.#BreedersCup
— Darin Zoccali (@atTheTrack7) November 6, 2021
I’m looking forward to a full and complete stewards’ report in about an hour or two. Oh wait…I’m not anywhere else in the world where those things happen.
— Pat Cummings (@PatCummingsTIF) November 6, 2021
When everyone is upset on twitter, but you actually made more money because of that mistake by Delmar. pic.twitter.com/09QvBGgnhq
— Miranda Jo (@MirandaBunge) November 6, 2021
Oh, to be a fly on the wall in that meeting… https://t.co/uqnauAMVyu
— Andrew Hawkins 🇦🇺💛💚 (@AndrewNJHawkins) November 6, 2021
Alright, I had to write something before diving into my analysis of tomorrow’s #BreedersCup program.
See the attached photo for my take on Modern Games, the scratch that wasn’t in the @BreedersCup Juvenile Turf, and where we go from here. pic.twitter.com/gold8bBs1p
— Andrew Champagne (@AndrewChampagne) November 6, 2021
As an industry we preach transparency, public perception and protecting the public but it looks like that only applies to owners, trainers and their staff. Today was a day we could have done the right thing but that would have required the track to take a loss, that didn’t happen
— Don Chatlos (@DCHI23) November 6, 2021
I’m still betting Modern Games. Try and stop me
— Robert Masiello (@rmasiello) November 6, 2021
After I keyed #1 Modern Games in my Pick 5 (and lost)…went to get a snack from a vending machine at the track.
The vending machine ate my dollar.
I think I’m just gonna go home now.
— Matt Dinerman (@3coltshandicap) November 6, 2021
So, the late double was a horse that couldn’t earn Derby points and a horse that couldn’t be wagered on.
Cool. We’re doing great, guys.
— Joe Nevills (@Joe_Nevills) November 6, 2021
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