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Best of Luck to all the Breeders' Cup participants!

October 31, 2014


Spring carnival 2014: Thanks for saving Bande, Japanese owner tells stewards, October 31, 2014
By Patrick Bartley
One of Japan's most prominent owners has made direct contact with Racing Victoria's veterinary stewards, thanking them for saving his one-time Caulfield Cup hope Bande from long-term injury.
Just three days before the Caulfield Cup, veterinary officials went to the Werribee compound and found that the Japanese stayer was on the cusp of bowing a tendon and, in a surprise move, ruled the horse a non-starter. Continue Reading...
Kenny Johnson airlifted to hospital after fall, October 30, 2014
By Andrew Dietz
Jockey Kenny Johnson was airlifted to hospital on Thursday after being knocked unconscious in a heavy fall at Sedgefield.
The veteran rider was partnering Lord Brendy, who is trained by his father Bob, when the six-year-old fell at the seventh fence in the 2m4f novice handicap chase. Continue Reading...

High-quality drug testing helps protect the integrity of California horse racing, October 30, 2014
By Pat Bailey
With big names like California Chrome, Bayern and Shared Belief taking the field for the Breeder's Cup Classic on Nov. 1, it's a safe bet that drug testing in American horse racing will be an ongoing topic.
Earlier this month, a Jockey Club-commissioned report highlighted the disparity in quality and consistency across the nation's state-by-state regulatory system, causing some people in the industry to call the current system unacceptable. Continue Reading...
De Sousa to appeal Lingfield ban, October 30, 2014
A stewards' report into an incident in the stalls before the Ladbrokes Handicap Stakes, in which De Sousa partnered the David Evans-trained Verse Of Love, said the rider "had appeared to repeatedly stamp on his horse's back in the starting stalls".
Having heard evidence from De Sousa and viewed recordings, the stewards found the rider in breach of Rule (B)54.2 and guilty of improper riding. Continue Reading...

Horse trainer found guilty of fraud in doping case, October 29, 2014
By Sarah Sacheli
A Tecumseh-based trainer caught injecting performance-enhancing drugs into a horse in 2010 has been convicted of fraud by the Ontario Court of Appeal.
Derek Riesberry is the first person in Canada to go before the criminal courts for horse doping. Continue Reading...

Los Alamitos News, October 30, 2014
Press Release
Los Alamitos Race Course announced new requirements for finalists competing in this year’s Grade 1 $600,000 Champion of Champions to be held on Saturday, December 13.
All horses eligible to run in the Champion of Champions must be on the grounds at Los Alamitos by Saturday, November 22. This date is three weeks prior to the running of the Champion of Champions. In addition, all participants will be hair tested to determine if Clenbuterol has been administered within the last six months. Continue Reading...

Lasix studies reveal moderate bleeders remain competitive with non-bleeders, October 29, 2014
By Matt Hegarty
A researcher at Colorado State University who has collaborated on influential research on the anti-bleeding medication furosemide has released the results of three new studies claiming that bleeding is detrimental to performance but that moderate forms of the condition do not have appear to have a negative impact on a horse’s ability to earn purse money.
The first study, whose lead author was Dr. Paul Morley, of the Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine, examined 1,000 horses that raced in South Africa. All of the horses received tracheal exams following a race, with researchers scoring the severity of bleeding. Continue Racing...

Allred Postpones Super Derby Finals, Orders Hair Testing for Qualifiers, October 28, 2014
By Ray Paulick
Dr. Edward Allred, owner of Los Alamitos race course in Southern California, has taken the extraordinary measure of postponing the finals of the estimated $1-million Quarter horse Super Derby from Nov. 1 to Nov. 15 because of suspicions over the outcome of the Oct 12 trials, when a relatively unknown trainer named Eloy Navarro sent out eight of the 10 fastest qualifiers.
Allred has imposed house rules at Los Alamitos that no horse may have the bronchodilator clenbuterol in its system, and he has had hair samples collected from all of the qualifiers in the Oct. 12 trials to have it tested for the drug. Continue Reading...

Drug-testing lab pledges to catch up on backlog of work, October 28, 2014
By Matt Hegarty
LGC Sciences, the Lexington, Ky., drug-testing laboratory that has been a source of frustration for three major racing jurisdictions this year, is confident it can address a backlog of incomplete tests by the end of 2014 and restore its reputation, the managing director of the lab’s parent company said Tuesday.
David Griffiths, who is based in Britain but flew to Lexington last week to meet with officials from the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, said the lab is hiring more technicians and analyzing its operations in order to address the backlog, which has delayed some post-race drug tests for several months. The backlog has frustrated the racing commissions in Kentucky, Indiana, and Delaware, leading the commissions to consider severing their relationship with the lab. Continue Reading...

Racing Victoria initiative to help improve safety for riders and horses, October 28, 2014
By Glenn Robertson-Smith
In a significant move to improve the safety of jockeys and horses, Racing Victoria has ruled that horses who have had orthopaedic surgery must gain veterinary approval before they are able to return to racing.
The initiative is significant, particularly in the wake of safety concerns raised after the recent deaths of two jockeys interstate. Continue Reading...

Mike Moroney and Tony McEvoy sweat on result of vet test for English mare My Ambivalent, October 27, 2014
By Patrick Bartley
Two Australian trainers will closely monitor events at Werribee on Tuesday morning as they seek an opening for their horses in the Melbourne Cup field.
Stewards will put English mare My Ambivalent through a thorough fitness test - and if Newmarket trainer Roger Varian's talented stayer is scratched, Mike Moroney's plans for Cup fancy Araldo could change significantly and Tony McEvoy's Big Memory will be one step closer to a start. Continue Reading...

Shock Ruling: Iowa Judge Dismisses Case Against Jockey Caught with Five Buzzers, October 27, 2014
By Ray Paulick
Stewards at Prairie Meadows racetrack & casino in Iowa have reinstated the license of jockey Roberto Morales – found earlier this year to be in possession of five electrical devices and a handgun – after a District Court judge ruled the Iowa law permitting a warrantless search of his vehicle was unconstitutional.
On June 5, 2014, acting on a tip that some Prairie Meadows jockeys may be using electrical devices – often called buzzers, batteries or machines – to stimulate their mounts in races, special agent Mark Ludwick of the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation conducted a warrantless search of four jockeys and their vehicles in the track’s parking lot. Nothing was found on the jockeys or in three of the vehicles, but Ludwick’s search of Morales’ car produced five batteries, a .25 caliber firearm and a prescription drug without a prescription. Continue Reading...

Horse vet facing charges: Substance ‘makes them run like a beast’, October 27, 2014
By Mark Alesia
The Indiana Horse Racing Commission recommended an unprecedented 20-year suspension as well as a $20,000 fine for a veterinarian accused of providing unauthorized drugs for horses racing at Indiana Grand Race Course.
The recommended suspension is the commission’s longest ever from a single investigation. Continue Reading...

Nash Rawiller ousted on careless riding charge, October 25, 2014
By Laura Banks
Nash Rawiller’s horror Spring continued on Saturday when the hoop was suspended on a careless riding charge following the Sportingbet Cox Plate.
Racing Victoria stewards handed Rawiller a 14-meeting suspension, saying the hoop, who was aboard Silent Achiever, caused interference to James McDonald’s mount Criterion near the winning post on the first lap. 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
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