There appears to be no significant opposition to the CHRB proposal, with the exception of complaints from breeders about the added cost of raising horses. According to Dan Fick, the AQHA's Director of Racing, blood-typing could cost as much as $70 per foal. Blood-typing will also be required for all sires and dams that produce racing stock. Parentage verification for those animals will not be required, but some breeders with large operations will still face large fees to verify the parentage of foals.
Earlier this year, the AQHA reissued registration papers on several quarter horses who were allegedly sired by the thoroughbred Nublado, but blood-typing revealed that they were actually sired by Browns Dasher or Speeding Holme. All three stallions are based at Richlyn Farms in Hemet. The current owners of the horses in question, Dean Gallo and Judd Morse, have filed suit against Dick and Charlyn Weening, the farms' owners, charging fraud, conspiracy and negligent misrepresentation.
Fick said the incident was a factor in the campaign to blood-type quarter horses, but not the deciding factor.
Los Alamitos Notes
Wings Of The Dove and Streakin Jewel won stakes races for older horses last weekend. . . . Wings of the Dove, a double stakes winner in Mexico City earlier this year, won last Friday's Paul Ford Handicap in her first start at 870 yards. The 5-year-old mare paid $18.60, edging favored Queen Auntie by 1 1/2 lengths. . . . Streakin Jewel was one of three horses in the six-horse Chicado V Handicap trained by Blane Schvaneveldt. The 4-year-old was ridden by Roman Figueroa and was winless in five other starts this year.