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September 19, 2014

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Walker banned for seven years for stopping mount, September 19, 2014
By Peter Scargill
New Zealand: Jockey David Walker has been banned from racing for seven years after being found to have deliberately prevented his mount from winning a race in which he had bet on a rival horse.
Walker, 38, was also fined NZ$3,000 (£1,485) after New Zealand's Judicial Control Authority found that he had not allowed his mount Watch Your Man to run on its merits behind St Ransom at Awapuni on August 16. Continue Reading...

Ebor winner Steward in shock at ten-day ban, September 18, 2014
By Graham Dench
APPRENTICE Louis Steward, whose 34 winners this year include last month’s Ebor on Mutual Regard, was stood down for ten days for failing to take all reasonable and permissible measures on the Michael Bell-trained Mississippi Queen at Kempton.
The filly was noted running on under apparently tender handling to finish eighth, beaten just under 14 lengths, in division two of the mile maiden. Continue Reading...

Racing news: Richard McGrath and Kate Walton charged by BHA, September 18, 2014
Scottish Grand National-winning jockey Richie McGrath, together with former trainer Kate Walton, has been charged with passing on inside information.
McGrath, who won the Ayr showpiece on Ryalux in 2003, and Walton will face a British Horseracing Authority disciplinary panel hearing provisionally scheduled for November 11. Continue Reading...

Study Finds Furosemide not Necessary to Realize Long-Term Racing Careers, September 18, 2014
By Matt Iuliano
A team of highly respected, international researchers and scientists recently found that in 98% of horses they studied there was no association between exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhage (EIPH) determined after an endoscopic examination and long-term racing performance.
The findings challenge some long-held opinions in North American racing, including the contention that the use of the diuretic furosemide — sold under the trade name Salix and commonly known as Lasix — is necessary to ensure the long-term careers of equine racing athletes. Continue Reading...

Oaklawn to offer Lasix Free Incentives in 2015, September 18, 2014
Press Release
Charles J. Cella, president of Oaklawn Racing & Gaming, announced today that the Arkansas track in 2015 will become the first in America to offer purse bonuses for horses that run and win without Lasix.
The Oaklawn Lasix-free Bonus program will provide a 10% bonus to the winner’s share of the purse for all horses that run and win without Lasix.  This means Oaklawn Lasix-free incentives will range from $1,080 for its minimum purse of $18,000 up to $60,000 for the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1).  The total potential bonus supplement will be $1.4 million.
Further, Cella said Lasix-free bonus payments will be provided by Oaklawn itself and will not come out of the purse fund. Continue Reading...

Anxiety, anger as Suffolk Downs closes, September 17, 2014
By Lynne Snierson
Heartbroken. Betrayed. Sad. Scared.
Those were some of the adjectives expressed by the dismayed and dejected horsemen, riders, breeders, employees, and other industry stakeholders Wednesday, the day after they learned that the 79-year-old Suffolk Downs will be shutting down because gaming partner Mohegan Sun was passed over for the sole Boston-area destination resort casino license. Continue Reading...

New Jersey adopts uniform medication rules, September 17, 2014
By Matt Hegarty
The New Jersey Racing Commission on Wednesday adopted a set of medication rules that has been endorsed by most major racing organizations, including a new penalty scheme applying to repeat offenders, according to the executive director of the commission.
The commission adopted both sets of rules unanimously, according to Frank Zanzuccki, the longtime head of the racing commission. The rules were adopted “by reference” to the recommendations of the Association of Racing Commissioners International, which will mean that any changes adopted by the RCI, an umbrella group for racing commissions that endorses rules, will be automatically incorporated into New Jersey’s regulations. Continue Reading...

Merger to Form ‘Racing Australia’, September 17, 2014
Press Release
A major consolidation of the racing industry’s assets is underway with the Australian Racing Board (ARB), Racing Information Services Australia (RISA) and the Australian Stud Book (ASB) merging to form a new national body ‘Racing Australia’. The consolidation of the industry’s key assets has been supported by all 8 State and Territory Principal Racing Authorities (PRAs) which are the shareholders of both the ARB and RISA.
The ASB has been acquired from its joint owners the Victoria Racing Club (VRC) and Australian Turf Club (ATC) by RISA as a prelude to its integration with Racing Australia. The consolidation of the databases of the ASB and RISA will significantly enhance integrity as well as lead to greater efficiencies and cost savings to the industry. Continuing Reading...

State panel selects Wynn casino over plan for Revere, September 16, 2014
By Mark Arsenault
Developer Steve Wynn, whose glitzy hotels line the famous Las Vegas strip, snatched the biggest prize in the Massachusetts casino sweepstakes Tuesday, defeating a locally backed project by Mohegan Sun at Suffolk Downs to claim the lucrative Greater Boston casino license.
After five days of nail-biting deliberations, the state gambling commission voted 3 to 1 in favor of Wynn’s vision to turn a forlorn plot of polluted land on the Mystic River, just north of Boston in Everett, into a gleaming $1.6 billion gambling resort. Continue Reading...

Racing NSW to offer more training as judge gives wrong horse fourth place, September 16, 2014
By Matt Malone
RACING NSW will look to provide further training for judges across the Southern District after the wrong horse was declared among the placegetters at Gundagai's TAB meeting on Sunday.
What was supposed to be an average maiden at Gundagai will now be remembered for the wrong reasons after a mistake was made in the placegetters. Continue Reading...
Britain to get new centralised equine database, September 16, 2014
Britain is to get a new central equine database, which will enable the country to meet tougher European regulations announced this week. Continue Reading...
Horse racing body slammed over lenient treatment of Bahrain Sheikh, September 16, 2014
By Courtney Trewith
Horse racing’s world governing body has been lambasted by its own tribunal for failing to adequately punish a wealthy Arab Sheikh whose horse was repeatedly beaten during two international endurance races.
According to International Equestrian Federation (FEI) rules, Sheikh Mohammed bin Mubarak Al Khalifa, a member of Bahrain’s royal family, should have been automatically disqualified from winning the King’s Cup in Bahrain in February after his groom ran onto the race track and struck his tiring horse several times in the closing stages of the 80-mile race, The Telegraph reported. Continue Reading...
Jockey Club stance on controversial drug Lasix the only choice, September 15, 2014
By Michael Cox
During the off-season the Hong Kong Jockey Club’s hardline attitude to raceday medication was put to the acid test when trainer Michael Chang Chun-wai was “discouraged” from using controversial diuretic Lasix while campaigning sprinter Rich Tapestry in the United States next month.
And when we say discouraged, we mean Big Brother told Chang he couldn’t use Lasix while abroad, even where it is legal. Case closed, game over, the end – because that’s how it works around here. Chang gladly fell into line, to his own competitive disadvantage. Continue Reading...
New OSHA requirements for reporting workplace injuries, September 15, 2014
By James D. Schoeny
Last Thursday, September 11, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced the adoption of new stricter reporting requirements under its recordkeeping rule.  Under the revised rule, employers will continue to be required to notify OSHA of work-related fatalities within eight (8) hours of the employee’s death, but employers now will also be required to report any work-related in-patient hospitalization, amputation, or loss of an eye within 24 hours of the incident.  This is a significant departure from the current reporting requirements, which only require employers to notify OSHA when there is a workplace fatality or an incident at work results in the hospitalization of at least three employees.
Because OSHA will be notified of more workplace injuries at the time of the incident, the new reporting requirements may result in increased enforcement activity by OSHA, more OSHA inspections, and more citations issued by OSHA.  On a related matter, during a teleconference on the rule revisions, OSHA representatives also announced that the agency plans to make all employer reports of work-related fatalities, hospitalizations, amputations, or eye losses publicly available on OSHA’s website. Continue Reading...
Erring riders face stewards’ wrath during Lahore races, September 15, 2014
By Aftab Gilani
LAHORE, Sept 14: Lahore Race Club (LRC) stewards came down hard on riders involved in racing malpractices to defame the genteel sports and handed down exemplary punishment during the second day/night winter meeting at the Racecourse here on Saturday.
It was a story of poetic justice when riding boy Babar Rehman escaped the stewards wrath in the second race he checked twice his mount Brave Khan to let chestnut filly Shan-e-Nisar win. Continue Reading...
RMTC Expected to set Cobalt Threshold at October Meeting, September 12, 2014
By Natalie Voss
At a presentation before the Kentucky General Assembly interim joint committee on licensing and occupation, Kentucky Horse Racing Commission officials said that a testing threshold for cobalt is on its way. Dr. Mary Scollay, the commission’s equine medical director, reported that thanks to a collaborative effort between officials and scientists in Kentucky, Pennsylvania, California, Canada, and Great Britain, the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium is likely to have a recommended threshold for cobalt testing by its Oct. 13 meeting.
The RMTC had previously recommended, then rescinded a cobalt threshold in August in order to allow for further discussion of the issue. Scollay testified that determining a good threshold has been challenging. Although cobalt is not naturally produced by the horse, it is naturally and artificially present in hay, grain, and a number of legitimate supplements. Continue Reading...
NTRA Awaits Consensus on Medication Issue, September 12, 2014
By Frank Angst
Unless horse racing first reaches industry consensus on medication reform, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association does not expect Congress to move forward on federal legislation that would change current, state-level regulatory oversight.
In a Sept. 12 meeting at Keeneland, NTRA president Alex Waldrop and Greg Means, one of the founders of Alpine Group, which works as a lobbyist for NTRA, updated listeners on horse racing's legislative efforts in Washington, D.C. Waldrop and Means talked about the industry's divide over proposed legislation that would have the United States Anti-Doping Agency regulate reformed medication policies that would prohibit race-day medication. Continue Reading...
Fines for claim conspirators, September 12, 2014
By Marty McGee
Two men have been fined $1,250 apiece for their roles in a voided $5,000 claim that occurred following a race last weekend at Churchill Downs.
The Churchill stewards issued the fines Friday against owner Tim Brown and his brother-in-law, Kenny Hickman, after Hickman made what is known as a protective claim for Au Moon, an 8-year-old gelding who was a 9 3/4-length winner of the first race here Sept. 7 under Brown’s silks. Continue Reading...
First International Speakers for Upcoming Global Symposium on Racing & Gaming, September 10, 2014
Press Release
Tucson, AZ — The Race Track Industry Program today announced its first international speakers for the upcoming Global Symposium on Racing & Gaming slated for December 8-11, 2014 at the Westin La Paloma Resort in Tucson, Arizona.
“As the world of racing gets more interconnected across continents, it’s important to bring more international perspectives and opportunities to our attendees,” said Doug Reed, RTIP Director. 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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