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"Thomism... and racing"
(July, 2018)
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Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274) understood education and persuasion as well as anyone else ever has. He once said that when you want to convert someone to your view, you go over to where he's standing, take him by the hand (mentally speaking), and guide him to where you want him to go.

What you don't do is stand across the room, or sit next to him, shouting at him. Or, possibly worse, whisper insults in his ear, after loudly accusing him of dishonesty. You don't call him names. And you don't order him to come over to where you are.

Instead, you start where he is, and workfrom that position. That's the way toachieve movement toward consensus.

In racing, and the larger world, we've lost sight of this elementary psychology. Everywhere we look these days, we see passionate, adversarial advocates who simply scream their own prejudices and beliefs, while excoriating their opponents. All this does is make people who agree feel better, make people who disagree stiffen their resistance, and make anyone in the middle feel uneasy and skeptical that either side is speaking the whole truth.

Almost every passionate and partisan argument overstates its own case and understates its opponent’s case!

For the last several years in California, we’ve seen an evolution of this increasingly unproductive behavior when medication rules have been proposed and advanced by the Equine Medical Director of the California Horse Racing Board (CHRB).

Trainer Profile
Javier Jose Sierra
Fall, 2018
by Ed Golden
Photos: Zoe Metz
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Javier Jose Sierra has survived if not prospered for 45 years in a game he loves. Yet, he does not warrant a bio in any media guide.

He is racing's Invisible Man. The 66-year-old trainer has been sedulously plying his trade despite lack of recognition, ego be damned.

A native of El Paso, Sierra stands on a foundation adorned with pillars of self-confidence, gained in no small part from a proper upbringing in a family of 12 children, and tours early on with legendary trainers D. Wayne Lukas and J.J. Pletcher, father of Todd Pletcher

Sierra grew up in Juarez where he played soccer as a kid. At 14 he aspired to be a jockey at Sunland Park in New Mexico, but his father, Cirilo, a native of Mexico, made education a priority. Javier aborted racing, went to school at the University of Texas El Paso (UTEP) and graduated with a degree in electrical engineering. Eventually, he earned an MBA while still working full time.

"I was doing well as an engineer," Sierra said. "I worked my way up to vice president at an aerospace company."

The appeal of the turf, however, proved an alluring temptress. Duly smitten, Sierra ultimately came to California in 1976.

"He had a winning personality," Hofmans said of the bay son of Pocketful in Vail bred by Mr. and Mrs. Laurie Kahn and owned by Legacy Ranch. "All he ever wanted to do was try. Whenever he ran a poor race it was because we had him in the wrong spot. If you look at his record, it's unbelievable.



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Date: November 30, 2018
SUMMARY OF CHRB ACTIONS AND DISCUSSIONS 11-29-18
DEL MAR, CA - The California Horse Racing Board conducted its regular meeting Thursday, November 29, (rescheduled from November 15) at Del Mar Surfside Race Place. Chair Chuck Winner presided. Vice Chair Madeline Auerbach and Commissioners Araceli Ruano and Alex Solis also were in attendance.
The audio of this entire Board meeting is available on the CHRB Website (www.chrb.ca.gov) under the Webcast link. In brief:
  • The Board approved the license application for the Los Angeles Turf Club to conduct a race meet at Santa Anita Park from December 26 through June 23 and to begin hosting simulcast wagering on December 19. Twinspires will not be permitted to accept Advance Deposit Wagering (ADW) wagers on Santa Anita races and Santa Anita will not be authorized to provide its signal to Twinspires unless the Board receives an agreement between them by December 21. Both parties expressed confidence that an agreement will be reached before the deadline.

EQUINE HEALTH


The Horse Report from
UC Davis Equine Health Center

Equine Health Report

  • Creating a Lasting Legacy of Helping Horses
  • CEH Foals Join Animal Science Auction
  • Ferraro Endowed Directorship
  • A Deadly Strain of Equine Herpes Virus
  • ...and More




2018 Research Review

With the help of generous donors, the UC Davis Center for Equine Health has worked to fund research that has advanced veterinary medicine and provide a knowledge base, establishing several focused research initiatives to concentrate resources, expertise, cutting-edge technology and state-of-the-art equipment in certain areas of scientific research over the past 45 years.

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Join our October "Ask the Vet" expert, Dr. Lydia Gray from SmartPak Equine, as she answers all of your questions concerning care for your equine senior and the wellness exam.
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