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Weekly ROAP e-News Blast

August 1, 2014


Head filly loses Group 1 win after positive test, August 1, 2014
By Tony Smurthwaite
TOP-CLASS filly We Are has been disqualified from first place in Group 1 Prix Saint-Alary on May 25 due to a positive test caused by abnormal levels of testosterone from an ovarian tumour. The George Strawbridge-owned filly has also been disqualified from first place in her previous race, the Prix Comrade at Saint-Cloud on May 1. Continuing Reading...

New Mexico: Plans to Open Roswell Horse Slaughterhouse May Be Finished, August 1, 2014
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Following an extended legal battle, Blair Dunn, the attorney for the Valley Meats slaughter plant in Roswell, New Mexico, today submitted a letter to the state Environmental Department withdrawing the plant’s application for a permit to operate a waste water discharge lagoon. The action would appear to mark the end of plans to reopen the former cattle slaughterhouse to slaughter horses, and takes place only a week before the final report of the hearing officer was to be released. Continuing Reading...

Del Mar owners scratch horse as protest, July 31, 2014
By Steve Anderson
Owners David Frankham and Brian Carmody withdrew Smogcutter from Thursday’s first race at Del Mar to protest the presence of a rival horse that tested positive for a sedative in March, but whose trainer, A.C. Avila, has yet to be sanctioned. Smogcutter was scratched at 12:55 p.m., a few minutes before he was due to be sent to the receiving barn before the race. Horses are sent to the receiving barn before proceeding to the paddock to be saddled. Not showing up at the receiving barn before a race is a violation of California Horse Racing Board rules. Continue Reading...

Del Mar suspends turf racing after another horse injury, July 31, 2014
By Eric Sondheimer
Del Mar track officials announced Thursday turf racing has been suspended for this weekend after another horse was injured while racing on the new turf course. It is the second time in the 11-day meeting the track has suspended turf racing. The track canceled turf racing for July 27 after three horses were euthanized in a 48-hour period while racing on the turf course. Track officials watered the turf, aerated it and opened the rails to 18 feet in an attempt to make it softer for the horses. There had been no incidents in four turf races this week until Serious, a filly, was pulled up in the seventh race Thursday. Continuing Reading...

Rocky Transition for New Drug Rules in West Virginia, July 29, 2014
By Ray Paulick
West Virginia horseracing’s transition to new medication rules has not gone smoothly. Since the so-called Mid-Atlantic Uniform Medication and Testing Program went into effect on July 9, dozens of post-race urine samples from Charles Town and Mountaineer Park have tested positive for a variety of therapeutic medications, many of them corticosteroids, according to sources. Complicating matters is the fact that West Virginia’s testing lab, Dalare Associates of Philadelphia, Pa., is not accredited by the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium, one of the requirements of the new drug rules program. As a result, splits of the samples testing positive by Dalare are being sent for confirmation to Truesdail Laboratory in Tustin, Calif. Continue Reading...

Assistant in Cruelty Case Is Rehired, July 29, 2014
By Joe Drape
Steve Asmussen, the accomplished trainer under investigation for cruelty to his horses, has rehired Scott Blasi, the assistant trainer at the center of the accusations who was caught on videotape speaking profanely and cavalierly about the stable’s injured horses. Blasi was back at the Asmussen barn Tuesday in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. He had been fired in March within days of the release of the videotapes, which were secretly recorded in an undercover investigation by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. Continue Reading...

As Revenue Drops, NY Casinos Get Extra Hours, July 28, 2014
By Tom Precious
State regulators in New York have acted quickly to issue a new rule letting racetrack-based casinos operate an extra two hours a day. As the state's track-based casinos continue to endure slumping revenue, the New York State Gaming Commission July 28 approved a proposed rule to permit the facilities to stay open until 6 a.m. The law, recently changed by the legislature and signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, had previously required the casinos to close at 4 a.m. each day. Continue Reading...

Bleeding Bucks?: Hong Kong Eiph Study Results Released, July 27, 2014
By Heather Likins
Horses based in Hong Kong that experience exercise induced pulmonary hemorrhaging (EIPH) raced just as long as their non-bleeding contemporaries without the addition of furosemide, commonly known as Lasix, according to a study published Friday by researchers from the Maxwell H. Gluck Equine Research Center. These findings resulted from one of the first reports using epidemiologic analysis of longitudinal data regarding the Thoroughbred racehorse. Continue Reading...

Keeneland delays plan for instant-racing building, July 25, 2014
By Beth Musgrave
Keeneland Race Course is delaying plans to begin offering instant racing on its Lexington campus because of the 2015 Breeders' Cup. On Friday, the city's Board of Adjustment granted the Lexington racetrack a 60-day postponement for its application for a special permit to build a 61,000-square-foot building to house the instant-racing terminals. 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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