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Due to the recent EHV-1 outbreaks, please remember the Equine Disease Communication Center (EDCC) (click logo to see a list of alerts) is an important resource for keeping up to date on infectious disease outbreaks. 

Additionally, a FREE webinar on Managing EHV-1 is available HERE (or by selecting picture above). Please encourage all officials, management and horseman to review this important webinar.

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NYS Gaming Commission Takes National Lead in Addressing Horse Racing Glaucine Positives

By Long Island News & PR,, February 17, 2017

The New York State Gaming Commission today announced significant, nation-leading action in addressing the presence of the alkaloid glaucine in the urine and plasma of race horses, resulting in more than $100,000 in purses returned and 11 disqualifications, plus additional fines and suspension for a single trainer whose horses had particularly high levels of the substance. Continue Reading…

Jeffrey Englehart denied license after testing positive for marijuana

By David Grening,, February 16, 2017

The New York State Gaming Commission has refused to issue Jeffrey Englehart a license to train or own horses after Englehart tested positive for marijuana in a recent random drug test. Continue Reading…

Hugh Bowman suspended but dead-heat saves him from missing ride on Winx

By Chris Roots ,, February 15, 2017

A dead-heat has allowed Hugh Bowman to keep the ride on superstar Winx after the jockey was found guilty on Wednesday of failing to ride out his mount for the second time in a month. Continue Reading…

Vitali Gets Stay Of Parx Racing Ejection, Seeking Florida HBPA Board Position

by Ray Paulick,, February 15, 2017

Trainer Marcus Vitali received a stay from the Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission of an eviction notice by Parx Racing and will be permitted to run the horse Eagle of Delight at the suburban Philadelphia racetrack on Saturday. Continue Reading…

Jockey Josh Cartwright had thoughts of taking his life after moment of madness in race at Morphettville

By Brad Davidson,, February 15, 2017

Jockey Josh Cartwright thought about taking his own life just hours after recklessly steering his horse into a rival in one of the most shocking incidents seen on an Australian racetrack. Continue Reading…

Visa limits create looming labor shortage in horse racing industry

Tim Sullivan,, February 13, 2017

WANTED: Immediate openings for temporary, semi-skilled labor willing and able to work long hours for modest pay with limited opportunity for advancement. Position requires caring for high-strung racehorses in all weather, often in tight quarters, amid strong smells. Experience preferred. Proof of citizenship a plus.
What, no applicants? Continue Reading…

Fortune Incident Under Review, February 13, 2017

Andrew Fortune may possibly have dealt any hopes of a second jockey’s title a mortal blow after his antics in the fourth at Turffontein on Saturday. Nine winners behind Greg Cheyne and seven behind Gavin Lerena with nearly half the season ahead, Fortune has been prepared to tour the country in search of winners this term and his prospects of a second title were promising. Continue Reading…

PETA seeks investigation into horse's care at Presque Isle Downs, February 13, 2017

PETA announced Monday that it has sent a letter to the Pennsylvania State Horse Racing Commission requesting an investigation into the "procedures of state veterinarians and stewards at Presque Isle Downs." Continue Reading…

Vazquez to serve three-day suspension

By Mary Rampellini,, February 13, 2017

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. – Jockey Ramon Vazquez, who is tied atop the Oaklawn standings with Ricardo Santana Jr., will begin a three-day suspension Saturday for a riding infraction, according to a stewards’ ruling. Continue Reading…

2017 Points of Emphasis
  • Crop Issues and Usage of the Riding Crop
  • Human Drug Usage: Testing, Prescription Verification, and Contamination Prevention
  • Improved Public Perception: Transparency, Consistency, and Decision Making in the Stand
  • Resources for Biosecurity:  Plans for Reduction of Contamination and Spread of Infectious Disease
  • Multiple Medication Violations
  • Immigration and Licensing

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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