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ROAP e-News Blast

January 12, 2015

Be on the look out for email/phone contact from a ROAP regional representative. We are setting up regional racing officials groups to discuss current event and promote consistency.


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Magic Millions winner Luke Tarrant out for month for whip infringements
Horseracing.com.au, January 12, 2015
By Mark Mazzaglia
Magic Millions 2yo Classic winning jockey Luke Tarrant has vowed to change his ways after being hit with a one month ban for excessive whip use at the Gold Coast last Saturday.
Tarrant scored the biggest win of his career with a faultless ride on the Darryl Hansen trained Le Chef in the $2m Jeep Magic Millions 2yo Classic (1200m). Continue Reading...
Track rider critical after falling off horse at Caulfield racecourse
Heraldsun.com.au, January 12, 2015
By Rod Nicholson and Rebekah Cavanagh
Young English rider Liz Rice is in hospital in an induced coma after a fall at Caulfield trackwork on Monday morning.
Rice, in her early 20s, was riding the galloper back to the Aquanita stables after it had worked on the track and had a swim when it became spooked and threw her to the turf. Continue Reading...
Unity, risk reduction to be focus of US Jockeys' Guild Assembly
Thoroughbredracing.com, January 11, 2015
By Teresa Genaro
While the eyes of the U.S. racing world will be focused on Gulfstream Park on Saturday night when this year’s Eclipse Award winners will be announced, next Monday a less-heralded but equally important event will take place in South Florida when jockey John Velazquez offers the opening remarks for the 2015 Jockeys’ Guild Assembly.
Not a union, the Guild advocates for measures to improve the health and safety of jockeys. Held annually, the Assembly brings together Guild representatives from across the country, riders, and representatives from industries whose work and products can enhance jockeys’ welfare on and off the track. Continue Reading...
Paddock judge Ramon Muniz dies at 65
DRF.com, January 11, 2015
By Marcus Hersh
Ramon Muniz, the longtime paddock judge at Fair Grounds, was found dead in his home Saturday after failing to show up for work.
Muniz, 65, was the brother of Mervin Muniz, who was Fair Grounds’ racing secretary from 1976 until his passing in 2003 and for whom the Mervin Muniz Handicap is named. Continue Reading...
Experienced Loch to mentor next generation of stewards
SMH.com.au, January 10, 2015
By Adam Pengilly
Harness Racing NSW's new chairman of stewards Graham Loch has been given the brief of mentoring the next generation of young stipes after accepting a two-year offer to return to Australia.
Loch's appointment coincides with Reid Sanders' role being amended to chief operating officer from his current position as manager integrity and chairman of stewards as the shake-up at HRNSW takes full effect. Sanders will remain in charge of the HRNSW integrity department. Continue Reading...

NYRA, NYTHA Meet to Discuss Aqueduct Equine Fatalities
Paulickreport.com, January 9, 2015
Edited Press Release
The New York Racing Association cares deeply about, and takes very seriously, the health and safety of its equine athletes and jockeys at Aqueduct Racetrack. Live racing at Aqueduct operates on track surfaces which are frequently and vigorously inspected by both in-house professionals and outside independent experts, and continue to be found safe.
In addition, starting with the publication of the recommendations of the 2012 New York Task Force report on Racehorse Health and Safety, and continuing through the current winter meet, the New York Racing Association, working with the New York State Gaming Commission and other stakeholders, have implemented a comprehensive set of policies, procedures and best practices to improve equine safety. Following release of the 2012 report, the New York Racing Association: Continue Reading...
Walsh questions BHA whip rules
Sportinglife.com, January 10 2015
Ruby Walsh believes the British Horseracing Authority's rules regarding the use of the whip are "the real problem" following the decision to hold a belated inquiry into Aidan Coleman's winning ride in the Welsh Grand National.
Coleman partnered the Venetia Williams-trained Emperor's Choice to a short-head victory in the Chepstow feature on December 27, with the local stewards raising no concerns about his ride on the day. Continue Reading...
Welsh National: Jockey Aidan Coleman faces BHA whip inquiry
BBC.com, January 9, 2015
By Frank Keogh
Jockey Aidan Coleman is to face a British Horseracing Authority inquiry over claims he breached whip rules when winning last month's Welsh National.
No action was taken on the day against Coleman, 26, by stewards at Chepstow Racecourse after he won on Emperor's Choice, trained by Venetia Williams. Continue Reading...
You’re Out: Meadowlands Bans Owner After High Cobalt Tests
Paulickreport.com, January 9, 2015
Press Release
The Meadowlands released the following statement to the media on Friday:
As a result of out-of-competition testing performed on horses that participated in The Breeders Crown, unfortunately it has been revealed from the testing lab in Hong Kong that the two horses trained by Corey Johnson, Traceur Hanover and Voelz Hanover, contained five times the threshold level of cobalt typically found in a horse’s system. Traceur Hanover was victorious in the Two Year Old Colt and Gelding Pace, while Voelz Hanover was unplaced in the Older Mare Pace. There are still several samples taken from Breeders Crown participants that were sent to Hong Kong that we are awaiting the results. Continue Reading...

Bridgwater to face action over Ludlow comments
Racingpost.com, January 8, 2015
By Lee Mottershead
DAVID BRIDGWATER is expected to be charged with actions prejudicial to the good reputation of racing after the BHA took serious exception to his comments following the Ludlow stewards’ decision to ban amateur Jake Launchbury for 21 days on Wednesday.
Bridgwater described the stewards as “idiots” and questioned their sobriety in the aftermath of the trainer's Launchbury-ridden Bally Sands throwing away a likely victory when the 16-year-old almost took the wrong course approaching the final fence. Continue Reading...
Former Racing Steward Jimmy Beck Dies at 72
Paulickreport.com, January 7, 2015
By Paulick Report Staff
Jimmy Beck, a former steward at Beulah Park, died Monday in Grove City, Ohio, according to a report in the Daily Racing Form. He was 72.
After a long career as a starter, Beck earned a senior steward certification from the Racing Official Accreditation program at the University of Louisville. In addition to working as a steward at Beulah Park, Beck also worked in the same capacity at Ellis Park and Mt. Pleasant Meadows in Michigan. Continue Reading...
The facts and figures on jockey fatalities in Australia
Thoroughbredracing.com, January 7, 2015
By Gretchen Kijak
An adrenaline surge, a rush of speed, and the sweet taste of victory: a winning jockey pumps the air. Whether it’s a remote country track or a metropolitan centre, getting across the line first is all that matters in that final instant of racing. Yet there are endless hours spent behind the scenes, doing the hard yards that it takes to succeed in this physically demanding job. Each victory is the reward that keeps jockeys returning to the mounting yard day after day, risking their lives every time their seat hits the saddle.
The Australian Jockeys Association (AJA) has found that since the 1840s, 873 riders have died in race falls throughout Australia. Professional race riding has been determined as one of the most dangerous occupations on land. In 2009, the Menzies Institute in Tasmania conducted a study that concluded only offshore fishing was more dangerous, and while other studies place truck driving, manufacturing, and mining work at the top of the most dangerous occupations, race riding is rarely far behind. Continue Reading...
O'Regan hit by ten-day suspension at Bangor
Racingpost.com, January 6, 2015
By Andrew Dietz
DENIS O'REGAN will sit out Cheltenham Trials Day this month after being hit with a ten-day ban by Bangor stewards for failing to take all reasonable and permissible measures to obtain the best possible placing on Delvin Road, who finished fourth in the 2m4f maiden hurdle.
Forming part of a rare two-strong raid by Irish trainer Tony Martin, the seven-year-old appeared to be tenderly ridden by O'Regan in the last half mile of the race, which was won by Lough Derg Walk. Continue Reading...

Turf Club needs to weigh in on scales procedures
Deficient procedures for weighing in and out need to be improved
Independent.ie, January 5, 2015
By Richard Forristal
If there were a simple all-compassing wish that might be universally held by racing fans for 2015, it would surely be an end to the administrative gaffes that plagued 2014.
It was a particularly lamentable year across the water for the British Horseracing Authority, but the Turf Club had its share of embarrassing moments as well. At Punchestown on New Year's Eve, Sadler's Risk was disqualified after passing the post a head in front of He'llberemembered. Continue Reading...
Regulators to Tighten Rules on Compounded Medications
ARCI.com, January 5, 2015
Press Release
Lexington - In an effort to strengthen efforts to combat the use of illegally compounded medications in racing, regulators are taking steps to ensure that  commissions have adequate authority to sanction licensees who violate restrictions limiting the use of such substances.
“Commission investigators are finding that some are seeking to circumvent existing doping rules by using new drugs created by combining multiple substances in a compound,” RCI President Ed Martin said. Continue Reading...
Jockey Steven Vella storms out of inquiry
SMH.com.au, January 4, 2015
Victorian stewards have been forced to adjourn an inquiry after Steven Vella threw in his jockey's pass and stormed off after being charged with failing to ride his mount out to the line at Moonee Valley.
In the final race on Saturday night, Vella finished fifth aboard Ekibuuka who was nailed on the line by Petrify who claimed the fourth prizemoney. Continue Reading...
Chris Waller closes on staying clean sweep as Jason Collett feels stewards' wrath
SMH.com.au, January 1, 2015
By Adam Pengilly
Chris Waller stands on the brink of a clean sweep of Sydney's staying features after Multilateral's Tattersalls Club Cup win, but chief steward Ray Murrihy let jockey Jason Collett know it wouldn't have been the case if he hadn't erred on outsider Ghost Protocol.
Glyn Schofield hobbled in and out of the saddle with an injured ankle after being dumped from a horse in the mounting yard two races prior, but even his patient ride on Multilateral wasn't the most scrutinised after the listed feature at Randwick on Thursday. Continue Reading...
New Year, New Uncertainty on Calder Backstretch
Paulickreport.com, January 1, 2015
By Ray Paulick
It was business as usual on New Year’s morning at Gulfstream Park West, the South Florida racetrack that operated for years as Calder Race Course. Feed tubs for 900-plus Thoroughbreds were filled, stalls mucked and horses ridden out to exercise on the track’s one-mile oval.
That goes for the 440 horses stabled in the barns leased from track owner Churchill Downs Inc. to The Stronach Group – which owns and operates Gulfstream Park racetrack & casino eight miles to the east – and at least a couple of hundred horses in the “occupied zone,” a fenced-in area that by contract was to be vacated by midnight, Dec. 31. Anyone trespassing in that section of the stable is subject to prosecution for committing a felony, according to warning signs. Continue Reading...
Racing’s Many Faces
Still a sport but strange Sunday proves it is made for betting
Sportingpost.co.za, January 1, 2015
Some strange Sunday happenings at Sha Tin, and in Brisbane, Australia, were a reminder that racing is a sport made specifically for gambling, while a simulcast race from Japan was an example of how astronomical betting turnover and the romance of the turf aren’t necessarily mutually exclusive.
Apprentice Dicky Lui Cheuk-yin will be the centre of an upcoming inquiry into his handling of Numero Uno in a Class Three handicap at Sha Tin, where he appeared to endeavour to break a land speed record in the first half of the race. Continue Reading...
Punchestown winner disqualified after blunder
Racingpost.com, December 31, 2014
By Justin O’Hanlon
The disqualification of Sadler's Risk after passing the post a head in front of He'llberemembered in Punchestown's featured Free Festival Upgrade Ticket Offer Hurdle caused plenty of New Year's Eve controversy after it was announced that the horse had been disqualified due to rider Andrew Lynch having failed to carry the correct weight.
It quickly emerged though that the fault had occurred when Lynch weighed out beforehand. Turf Club Clerk of the scales Ion Hamilton weighed Lynch out 4lb light, the mistake not being spotted by anybody. Continue Reading...
Jockey sues Suffolk Downs, alleging lax helmet policy
BostonGlobe.com, December 28, 2014
By Sean P. Murphy
Andria Terrill won the second race at Suffolk Downs aboard a fleet chestnut colt to notch her 18th victory barely a month into the 2013 thoroughbred horse racing season.
Her next race on that hot afternoon at the East Boston track would be, in all likelihood, her last.
Terrill climbed atop Chapel’s Beauty, a 3-year-old filly, as a favorite to win in the fourth race. But the horse stumbled coming out of the gate, and Terrill wound up splayed on the track, unconscious and badly injured. Continue Reading...
'Crazy': Jim Cassidy banned for a month after elbowing rival horse
SMH.com.au, December 26, 2014
By Adam Pengilly
Veteran jockey Jim Cassidy will be out of the saddle for almost the entire month of January after a rare improper riding charge, describing an elbow he applied to a rival horse as "crazy".
Cassidy was hit with the charge after becoming frustrated with pressure applied to him on Tears In Heaven from Lester Grace on his mount Sensualism, which had its head turned by the apprentice rider in the furlong approaching the 600-metre mark. Continue Reading...
Racing Victoria and the Hong Kong Jockey Club announce reciprocal agreement
RV.Racing.com, December 5, 2014
This joint initiative will commence next week when Terry Bailey, RV’s Chairman of Stewards, will be coopted on to the HKJC’s Racing Stewards’ panel as a voting member for the LONGINES International Jockeys’ Championship race meeting at Happy Valley Racecourse on Wednesday, 10 December and the LONGINES Hong Kong International Races at Sha Tin Racecourse on Sunday, 14 December.
“This is a unique opportunity to welcome knowledge and experience, whilst also opening a new avenue to highlight the harmonisation efforts of the Asian Racing Federation as part of the globalisation of racing,” William A. Nader, Executive Director, Racing of the HKJC, said. 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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