Speaking of good sports, how about HRC’s owner:
Owner Strauss accepted the disqualification with a great amount of sportsmanship.
“Flavien has a good left hand and right hand so maybe if he hit him lefthanded, he could have straightened him out, but that’s not what happened,” Strauss said. "Nobody else out there could use a whip, so it’s not an excuse. It’s a level playing field that cost us the race.
“I haven’t seen a replay but I’m sure it’s the right call if the stewards made it,” he added. “It’s disappointing but welcome to the world of horse racing. I hope (Lopez) is OK and (Midnight Bourbon) seems fine. As long as there’s no injury to a human or an animal it’s fine. We’ll live to fight another day and so will they. We’ll come back and get them next time. ‘Charlie’ always gives us his best. I’m so proud of him.”
Quite a contrast to certain other owners.