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Weekly ROAP e-News Blast
March 7, 2014


CHRB Issues Advisory for Cobalt Monitoring, March 7, 2014
By Blood-Horse Staff
The California Horse Racing Board has begun monitoring cobalt levels in horses that are competing in the state and in certain necropsy specimens.
In an advisory  to horsemen issued March 4, CHRB equine medical director Dr. Rick Arthur said that cobalt toxicity has been associated with myocardial and other organ pathology in humans and other animals. High cobalt levels have been associated with the parenteral or oral administration of cobalt salts. Continue Reading...
Johnston Named Penn National Director of Racing, March 6, 2014
By Press Release
Eric Johnston, currently Vice President of Racing/Racing Secretary at Sam Houston Race Park, has been named Director of Racing Operations for Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course.
Johnston, a native of Grantville, Pennsylvania where Penn National is located, began his racing official’s career at that facility in 1983 and also served as a racing official in the state of Maryland for five years.   He moved to Texas in 1994 to open the then brand new Sam Houston Race Park as Stakes Coordinator and was soon promoted to Director of Racing and Racing Secretary.   In addition to his racing office responsibilities Johnston also had management oversight for the mutuel, simulcast and player services departments at Sam Houston.  For the past three seasons Johnston has also served as Director of Racing at Fort Erie Race Course in Canada. Continue Reading...
Simulcast Conference to be Held in Florida, March 6, 2014
By Blood-Horse Staff
The 22nd annual International Simulcast Conference will be held Sept. 29-Oct. 1 at the Delray Beach (Fla.) Marriott, according to the Thoroughbred Racing Associations, which co-sponsors the event with the Harness Tracks of America in conjunction with the American Greyhound Track Operators Association.
Topics of importance to the pari-mutuel industry discussed at the conference each year include simulcasting, account wagering, wagering security, and technology. Continue Reading...
U.S. Racing Impacted by Weather in February, March 5, 2014
By Ron Mitchell
A 5.07% decline in race days due to weather-related cancellations resulted in a 4.09% decrease in total wagering on U.S. races in February, according to the latest economic indicators from Equibase Company.
Handle on U.S. racing last month totaled $792,580,107, compared with $826,278,178 for February 2013. Purses paid during the month of $62,457,558 represented a 5.7% decline from the same month a year ago. Continue Reading...
Trainer Philip Fenton given all-clear by British Horseracing Authority ahead of Cheltenham Festival
Irish trainer cleared to run his horses at Cheltenham following British Horseracing Authority investigation, March 5, 2014
By Marcus Armytage
Philip Fenton, the Irish trainer who faces charges of possession of banned animal remedies, including anabolic steroids, has been cleared by the British Horseracing Authority to run all three of his entries at the Cheltenham Festival next week. They include the Gold Cup third favourite, Last Instalment.
The trainer, who is due back in Carrick-on-Suir district court on March 20, six days after the Gold Cup, admitted that it was a weight off his shoulders, adding: “That’s the news I was expecting and that’s about the size of it.” Continue Reading...
Scott Wells Re-elected TRA President, March 5, 2014
By Press Release
Scott Wells, president and general manager of Remington Park and Lone Star Park, was re-elected for the second year of his two-year term as President of the Thoroughbred Racing Associations (TRA) at its annual Board of Directors’ meeting Tuesday at the Ft. Lauderdale Marriott North Hotel in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.  Wells has been on the TRA Board since 2005.
The TRA Board also re-elected Peter N. Berube as Vice President, Joe Wilson as Secretary, William I. Fasy as Treasurer, and Christopher N. Scherf as Executive Vice President. Continue Reading...

2014 Points of Emphasis
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  • Encourage the use of technology for RCI database, InCompass, etc by all stewards.
  • Understanding the application of the National Uniform Medication Program including the Multiple Medication Violation Program and how it affects your jurisdiction.
  • Ensure clear and concise verbal and written explanations of stewards’ decisions, daily reports and disseminate to the media through track and/or racing regulatory websites.
  • Encourage consistency and uniformity in enforcement of interference rules
  • Understanding Addictive Behavior Treatment Programs available in your jurisdiction
DISCLAIMER: The News e-Blast is a compilation of articles that may be of interest to racing officials. They do not reflect the opinions of ROAP and the inclusion of any article in this compilation should not be taken as an endorsement of the views represented therein.

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