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Weekly ROAP e-News Blast
February 21, 2014


New Mexico passes bill to crack down on horse racing cheaters, February 21, 2014
By Rob Nikolewski
After developing a reputation as a haven for cheaters, New Mexico is trying to clean up its act when it comes to horse racing.
In the just-completed 30-day legislative session, lawmakers in Santa Fe, lawmakers passed a bill aimed at cracking down on trainers and owners who dope their horses with performance-enhancing drugs. Continue Reading...
Frank Gabriel Jr. to join NYRA as Belmont, Saratoga racing secretary, February 21, 2014
By Jon Forbes
Frank Gabriel Jr., currently the CEO for the Dubai Racing Club, will join The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) as the racing secretary for Belmont Park and Saratoga Race Course.
It marks a return to NYRA for Gabriel, the company's director of racing from 1998-1999. Gabriel, 59, also spent 16 years at Arlington Park, where he served first as racing secretary and handicapper and later as vice president of racing operations. Continue Reading...
Los Alamitos: Two trainers fined, suspended for clenbuterol positives, February 21, 2014
By Steve Andersen
Two trainers based at Los Alamitos have been fined and suspended for clenbuterol positives from late 2013, and two others face the possibility of similar sanctions, according to rulings recently published by Los Alamitos stewards.
Los Alamitos stewards James Dreyer, Ruben Moreno and George Slender issued rulings in late January fining and suspended Jose Moreno and Valentin Zamudio. Continue Reading...
Racing panel OKs drug once banned, February 21, 2014
By Charles D. Brunt
A highly abused drug that state regulators banned from horse racing nearly two years ago will be allowed in minuscule amounts beginning Aug. 2, the New Mexico Racing Commission decided Thursday.
Clenbuterol, which dilates bronchial tubes and is used to treat respiratory problems, also acts as a muscle-building anabolic steroid in high doses. The drug has been a nightmare for horse racing regulators, who have been trying to balance the therapeutic value of the drug with its overuse by trainers looking for a race-day advantage. Continue Reading...
No Matter the Racing Surface, Safety Should be the Focus, February 20, 2014
By Ray Paulick
The California Horse Racing Board voted in 2006 to make synthetic or engineered racing surfaces mandatory at the state’s major tracks beginning in 2008. Its members did so with the belief that synthetic surfaces are safer in the prevention of catastrophic injuries and fatalities.
They were right.
Using only a limited sample size from Turfway Park that showed a dramatic reduction in fatalities, the CHRB took a bold step trying to change an industry steeped in tradition. Eight years later, the data is far more definitive in demonstrating the safety advantage of synthetic tracks over dirt. Continue Reading...
State struggles to balance race track safety, trainer rights, February 20, 2014
By Matt Grubs
When the hooves hit the dirt at New Mexico horse racing tracks, they are supposed to be galloping along on a level playing field – horses and jockeys propelled by skill, natural ability and force of will.
But, forced by some trainers to take illegal performance-enhancing drugs, the horses are rarely separated only by natural ability. Continue Reading...
Hughes appears in court over banned substances, February 19, 2014
By Marcus Armytage and Ben Rumsby
The anabolic steroid crisis which threatens to engulf Irish jump racing on the eve of the Cheltenham Festival appeared to deepen yesterday when it emerged that a second trainer, Pat Hughes, appeared in Carlow District Court last week.
The veteran Irish National-winning handler appeared on eight charges of possession of banned animal remedies, including the anabolic steroid Stanozol. Continue Reading...
Del Mar plans to install dirt track for 2015, February 18, 2014
By Steve Andersen
Del Mar plans to install a dirt track for its 2015 summer season, replacing the existing synthetic surface, track president Joe Harper said Tuesday.
Harper cautioned that the move to a dirt track was contingent on finding the “right material” and gaining the necessary permits, including approval from the California Coastal Commission. Continue Reading...
CPMA: Drug Appearing In Feed, February 18, 2014
This memo is with respect to several recent positive drug tests that may have been the result of prohibited substances in feedstuffs. This is a reminder to owners and trainers that it remains their responsibility to obtain horse feed and supplements that are free from substances that may trigger a positive test.
One of these prohibited substances is ractopamine, which is used to promote weight gain and feed efficiency and is licenced in Canada for use in beef cattle, pigs and turkeys. Continue Reading...
Horse racing clubs may move to alter protest hearings to US style, February 18, 2014
By Patrick Bartley
Australia's format for protest hearings could be significantly revamped and streamlined if a motion by stewards at this weekend's national conference is adopted.
A move to reduce the amount of time spent staging protest hearings and replacing the process with a US-style approach will be tabled by Queensland stewards. Continue Reading...
Horse Racing Medication Regulations Reviewed, February 18, 2014
By Michelle N. Anderson
The old adage says "you don't know where you're going if you don't know where you've been."
So at the 2013 American Association of Equine Practitioners' (AAEP) convention, held Dec. 7-11 in Nashville, Tenn., several of the organization’s past presidents covered controversial industry topics in a “Lessons Learned” session from. Tom Brokken, DVM, AAEP’s president in 2006, reviewed evolving medication regulations in horse racing. Brokken is a partner with Teigland, Franklin & Brokken, DVMs, P.A., in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Continue Reading...
Leading Irish trainer Philip Fenton faces charges of possessing steroids
• Hearing on Nitrotain and stanozolol is scheduled for Thursday
• Cheltenham Gold Cup third favourite Last Instalment in yard
The, February 17, 2014
By Chris Cook
The training career of Philip Fenton hangs in the balance as he faces a court appearance on Thursday on charges of possessing anabolic steroids and other banned substances. The Irishman has had praise heaped on him in recent weeks for the way in which he has been able to revive the careers of Last Instalment and Dunguib, both expected to run at next month's Cheltenham Festival.
It is believed that Fenton denies the charges, though he said he could not discuss the case in detail when contacted by telephone on Monday at his stable at Carrick-on-Suir, near Waterford. Asked if he would be able to sustain his training operation in the face of such potentially devastating legal proceedings, he laughed and said: "I'm sure I'll be fine". Continue Reading...
NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance Reaccredits Santa Anita, February 14, 2014
By Press Release
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) today announced that Santa Anita Park, site of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships for the third straight year in 2014, has earned re-accreditation from the NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance. Located in Arcadia, Calif., the track’s current 2013-14 winter/spring meeting continues through April 13. The 69-day season features eight Grade I events, led by the $1 million Santa Anita Derby on April 5.
Santa Anita’s re-accreditation followed a complete review of all racing operations at the facility. “The Great Race Place” was first accredited in 2009; all accreditations and re-accreditations carry an effective period of two years. Continue Reading...

2014 Points of Emphasis

  • 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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