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Weekly ROAP e-News Blast

July 18, 2014


Five horses test positive for morphine, July 17, 2014
By Lewis Porteous
The BHA revealed on Thursday that the post-race samples of five horses have tested positive for morphine, a prohibited raceday substance, and warned there may be more to come. The five horses are said to be "under the care of various trainers" although it appears the BHA will not be making public any information regarding the identity of the horses, trainers or owners in the immediate future. Continuing Reading...

Trainer Chatterpaul suspended, fined for medication violations, July 17, 2014
By David Grening
Trainer Naipaul Chatterpaul was suspended for 60 days and fined $5,000 by the New York State Gaming Commission due to four medication violations. An additional 120 day-suspension was stayed for two years beginning Sept. 15 provided Chatterpaul does not accrue any additional equine violations for which he is found responsible. The suspension was to begin Friday – opening day at Saratoga and one day before his 47th birthday – and runs through Sept. 15. Continuing Reading...

Delays stymie race horse drug crackdown, July 17, 2014
By Charles D. Brunt
Wild Sixes Cartel, a promising 2-year-old colt set to run in Sunday’s $900,000 Rainbow Futurity at Ruidoso Downs, is an unwitting piece of a problem state regulators say undermines New Mexico’s efforts to clean up horse racing. The bay colt, the fourth-fastest qualifier for one of Ruidoso Downs’ most prestigious races, is running under renowned quarter horse trainer Paul C. Jones – whose case and appeal on a horse-doping charge has dragged on for more than three years. Continue Reading...

Extreme Day features The Battle of the Surfaces, July 17, 2014
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Canterbury Park’s Extreme Race Day, now in its eighth year, will be held Saturday, July 19. Exhibition races with camels, ostriches, and zebras have become the main draw on Extreme Day, last year’s attendance was a record 20,291, but this season the program will include the return of ‘The Battle of the Surfaces.’ This pari-mutuel race will feature 20 horses, the largest field in North American racing in 2014, competing against each other simultaneously at one and one-sixteenth miles on the turf and one mile on the dirt. The two starting gates will be staggered so that the final time of the race is approximated to be the same for both the turf and dirt.  Canterbury Park officials have analyzed the varying speed of the turf and dirt courses as well as the class of the horses competing, and have judged that the closest finish would result from the turf horses racing an extra one-sixteenth of a mile. The starting gate stalls will open in unison and it will be up to handicappers to determine which horses will be the best when the horses finish at the same finish line in front of the grandstand. Twelve thoroughbreds have been entered for the turf and eight for the dirt. Continuing Reading...

Kentucky Stewards Investigating Race-Day Tubing of Horse, July 16, 2014
By Ray Paulick
Kentucky Horse Racing Commission stewards are investigating an incident at Keeneland’s Rice Road training center on Sunday, May 13, after a horse entered to race at Ellis Park later that day was observed by KHRC investigators receiving a prohibited race-day treatment via nasogastric tube. The horse, the 6-year-old Broken Vow gelding Sasueno, was subsequently scratched from Sunday’s seventh race, an allowance/optional $25,000 claiming race. Sasueno was trained by Tevis McCauley and owned by McCauley, JBL Thoroughbreds LLC and Trifecta Racing LLC. Continue Reading...

Kentucky close to setting threshold level for cobalt, July 16, 2014
By Matt Hegarty
The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission is close to determining a threshold level for illegal administrations of cobalt, the naturally occurring mineral that is believed to be in use in racing as a blood-doping agent, the commission’s equine medical director said at a meeting of the commission on Wednesday. Although tests have existed for some time to detect cobalt concentrations in blood, the racing industry has yet to agree on a standard for an illegal concentration of cobalt due to the recent emergence of information about its alleged use. The KHRC began funding studies to determine an enforceable threshold level earlier this year as part of its rapid-response program, which quickly directs funds to study emerging information about drugs that may be in use at tracks. Continue Reading...

Gambling foes to fight Nebraska horse racing ballot measure, July 16, 2014
By Grant Schulte
Gambling opponents have launched a campaign against a Nebraska ballot measure that would allow betting on previously recorded horse races shown on machines that resemble casino slots. The group Gambling with the Good Life is traveling the state and working with churches in hopes of defeating the November ballot proposal, executive director Pat Loontjer said Wednesday. Continue Reading...

Prospects growing bleaker for Boardwalk, July 15, 2014
By Howard Stutz
The damage to Atlantic City associated with Superstorm Sandy in 2012 amounted to a few broken windows compared to the economic tornado tearing through the Boardwalk this year. Four casinos could be closed by fall, displacing more than 8,000 workers — 25 percent of the city’s workforce — and leaving the famous seaside resort looking more like a boarded-up slum. Continue Reading...

Hannon Listed winner fails post-race dope test, July 14, 2014
By David Baxter
The Richard Hannon yard is braced to be stripped of a Listed winner, as it emerged that filly Zurigha tested positive for beta blockers following her victory in the Snowdrop Stakes at Kempton in April. However, although accepting a punishment will follow from the BHA, and the Saeed Altayer-owned Zurigha is likely to be disqualified from the race, Richard Hannon snr yesterday insisted the yard's stable staff are blameless and the horse could have come into contact with the prohibited substance at the racecourse. Continue Reading...

Coloradans for Better Schools' ballot proposal wants to expand gaming to pay for schools, July 14, 2014
By Deb Stanley
A group that wants to add casino gaming at Arapahoe Park horse racetrack in Aurora, and at two horse racing tracks in Pueblo and Mesa counties, turned in signatures Monday to put the issue on the November ballot. Right now, casino gaming is only allowed in Blackhawk, Central City, Cripple Creek and Indian casinos in southwestern Colorado.
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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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