A still from the video evidence presented to the Delaware Thoroughbred Racing Commission shows Cobb striking the filly with a plastic rake while she is tied to the back of the stall
When the Delaware Thoroughbred Racing Commission reduced a two-year suspension to just 60 days for trainer Amber Cobb, found by Delaware Park’s board of stewards to have “demonstrated cruelty to a horse in her care,” the Paulick Report was besieged with messages of outrage and disgust from a wide array of people in Thoroughbred racing.
“I feel so sick,” one trainer commented after watching the video that accompanied Paulick Report editor-in-chief Natalie Voss’ story on the appeals hearing that led to the reduction of Cobb’s suspension. “That girl should never, ever be allowed near another horse. … I can’t remember watching a video I was more shocked at seeing ever in my life.”
In this week’s edition of the Friday Show, Voss joins publisher Ray Paulick to try and explain the unexplainable; namely, why the Delaware racing commissioners refused to support their stewards and reduced Cobb’s suspension so dramatically. The commission was led by chairman W. Duncan Patterson Jr., who praised Cobb during the hearing for being “articulate,” adding, “You were an excellent witness.” Along with the praise for Cobb came criticism from the commission of the whistleblower who took the video and went to the stewards.
Bloodstock editor Joe Nevills joins Paulick to review this week’s Woodbine Star of the Week, the 3-year-old Ontario-bred filly Il Malocchio, gutsy winner of last weekend’s Bison City Stakes.
Watch this week’s show, presented by Monmouth Park, below:
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