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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.

Table of Contents

Yonkers refusing entries from Tom Milici

The track’s second leading trainer in 2016 is not welcome to race at the New York track while being investigated for an alleged association with banned trainers Josh Marks and Tracy Brainard. Continue Reading…

Tougher whip limits to come in next month

By Scott Burton,

France: France Galop have confirmed the maximum permitted number of strikes with the whip will be reduced, with the new rules taking effect from February 1. Continue Reading…

Irad Ortiz Jr. serving five-day ban

By David Grening,

OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. started a five-day suspension on Thursday for a careless-riding infraction dating back to Oct. 14 at Belmont Park. Ortiz is suspended for this four-day race week as well as next Thursday. Continue Reading…

Trainer Kirby appeals one-year suspension

By Marcus Hersh,

Veteran trainer Frank Kirby was handed a one-year suspension after one of his runners tested positive for methamphetamine, but Kirby claims the contamination was environmental and has appealed the ruling. Continue Reading…

Trainer of racehorse Party Till Dawn to appeal against methamphetamine doping fine

By Elly Bradfield,

A Queensland horse trainer says he will appeal against a $9,000 penalty imposed after one of his horses tested positive to methamphetamine. Continue Reading…

Bookmaker hits out over rule 4 'sharp practice'

By Jon Lees,

A PROMINENT racecourse bookmaker has described the shortening of the odds of horses who appear likely to become non-runners - and therefore cause a rule 4 deduction from winning bets - as a "sharp practice" that is occurring too often. Continue Reading…

Difficult conditions for drivers at Roxburgh

By Tayler Strong,

Conditions were marginal for reinsman at the Roxburgh Trotting Club meeting on Wednesday when heavy showers turned the track to slush and winds lashed the course.
Reinsmen were almost driving blind in races four and five when the rain and wind descended. Continue Reading…

Trainer fined Dh20,000 by Emirates Racing Authority for possession of anabolic steroid

By Geoffrey Riddle,

Trainer Nacer Samiri has been found in possession of an anabolic steroid by the Emirates Racing Authority’s out of competition testing programme and has been fined Dh20,000. Continue Reading…

Sunland Park Restricts Louisiana Horses

By Eric Alwan,

Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino, working in conjunction with the New Mexico State Racing Commission, is now restricting horses from Louisiana following the EHV-1 outbreak at the Fair Grounds in New Orleans, Louisiana. No horses that have been in Louisiana for the last 30 days will be permitted on the grounds until further notice. Continue Reading…

After Jan 1-2 Cards Called Off, Turf Paradise Runs One Race, Cancels Following Fatal Breakdown

By Paulick Report Staff,

Turf Paradise cancelled after the first race on Tuesday following a spill in the stretch that involved the fatal breakdown of the 3-year-old filly Running for Annie. Continue Reading…

Fifth EHV-1 Positive At Fair Grounds Quarantines Another Barn

By Press Release,

A fifth horse has tested positive for equine herpes at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots. Similar to the last two positive results, this horse tested positive for   EHV-1 non-neurogenic type, also called the “wild type” strain. The Louisiana Department of Agriculture allowed the infected horse, which is trained by Steve Asmussen, to be released to a private farm where it will be kept in isolation and will follow all of the mandated protocols and biosecurity measures. Continue Reading…

California Veterinarian’s List: Steroid Reporting By The Numbers

By Natalie Voss,

When news broke last month that Breeders' Cup Sprint runner-up Masochistic tested positive for anabolic steroids after the race, many fans were shocked to learn steroids are still present in American racing. In California, a trainer must report the administration of anabolic steroids to a horse in his care to the California Horse Racing Board, which automatically places the horse on the veterinarian's list, preventing him from starting for 60 days. Continue Reading…

Wins Often Followed 2016 Steroid Treatments in California

By Frank Angst,

While it’s a small sample size, horses reported to receive steroid administrations in 2016 in California who have come back to race fared very well in their first starts after those treatments, winning at about three times the normal rate. Continue Reading…

Delta Downs To Prevent Horses From Entering Or Leaving Backside

By Paulick Report Staff,

As of 4 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 2, Delta Downs in Vinton, LA is no longer allowing horses on or off the backside. According to stall superintendent Tami Myers, the action is not a result of of any equine herpesvirus outbreak at the track. Continue Reading…

War Story Gets Ninth Trainer As Jorge Navarro To Replace Mario Serey Jr. For Pegasus World Cup

By Ray Paulick,

Jorge Navarro will become the ninth trainer for 5-year-old War Story when Northern Afleet gelding makes his 18th career start Jan. 28 in the inaugural running of the $12-million Pegasus World Cup at Gulfstream Park. Continue Reading…

Disqualification gives single ticket holder pick six hit

By Steve Andersen,

ARCADIA, Calif. - The pick six was hit by a single ticketholder for $313,208 at Santa Anita on Saturday, a result decided after a disqualification in the ninth race. Continue Reading…

Uruguay Updates Anti-Doping Regulations

By BloodHorse Staff,

The Latin American Organization for the Promotion of Thoroughbred Racing announced Dec. 29 that Uruguay has adopted new anti-doping regulations. 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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