Castle Village Farm’s Iguazu was a late scratch on January 20th at Aqueduct when he broke through the starting gate before the 3rd race and ran all the way around the inner track, then reversed course and jogged back half a mile on the ice-covered main track before heading down the ramp to the barn area, where he was finally corralled. Luckily, he wasn’t injured and will be entered again as soon as his race comes up again.
Steve is in dialogue with NYRA about the lapses that permitted Iguazu to get onto the dangerous outer track, where one horse had already died this winter after skidding on the ice. In Iguazu’s case, a combination of poor work by the outriders and failure to close a rail between the two tracks were to blame. I hope NYRA will take appropriate corrective action before another horse is seriously injured or killed.