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2004 New Orlean Handicap

Fans cry, "Foul!"

2/29/04... The 2004 G2 $500K New Orleans Handicap at Fair Grounds ended in controversy Sunday.

From The Bloodhorse: "Peace Rules proved to be the toughest in Sunday's controversial Fair Grounds rodeo... In the first mishap, Peace Rules broke quickly while attempting to clear the field and get position at the rail before entering the first turn. It appeared Peace Rules may have cut it a little close and Saint Liam, in tight, failed to negotiate the turn cleanly while averting clipping heels, colliding with Sir Cherokee, who was carried out and banged Ten Most Wanted off stride and extremely wide... But after reviewing the stretch run, in which there was considerable bumping, as well as [the] chain reaction incident heading into the first turn that all but eliminated Sir Cherokee and Ten Most Wanted, there was no change to original order of finish."

Bumping in 2004 N Orlean H'cp
Peace Rules with Jerry Bailey leads into the first turn. Saint Liam and Edgar Prado are just behind (pink silks, yellow saddle cloth). As they reach the turn Peace Rules moves to the rail and Saint Liam appears to react to that and ducks out -- causing a chain reaction which sends Ten Most Wanted widest of all.

Racing fans across the internet focused on the incident on the first turn and many seemed upset that the Fair Grounds stewards took no action...

From the fans at Pace Advantage:

Opinions of Derby Listers:

Here's what Thoroughbred Champions forum members had to say:

From fans at the Del Mar Forum:

Forum posters at Daily Racing Form:

The folks at the Final Turn forum:


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