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Weekly ROAP e-News Blast
May 30, 2014

Reminder: ROAP Accreditation School fees, applications and letters of recommendation due today to avoid late fee. 


Darren Smith horses scratched after raid by stewards, May 30, 2014
By Chris Roots
RACING NSW stewards on Friday stood down the entire stable of Newcastle trainer Darren Smith after a morning raid completed a covert surveillance operation into the use of cobalt on his horses. Deputy chairman of stewards Marc Van Gestel travelled to Newcastle for the unannounced visit after receiving evidence  of elevated  cobalt levels in Smith’s horses. Continuing Reading...

Paul Hamblin banned for betting offence, May 30, 2014
By Brendan Cormick
JUMPS jockey Paul Hamblin will not be permitted to participate in the remaining hurdle, highweight and steeplechase events this season after being banned over a betting offence yesterday. Hamblin appeared before the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board after stewards received a tip that he was betting in three TAB outlets in the Dandenongs. Continue Reading...

Jarvis angry at officials, May 29, 2014
By Russell Smith
Twyford trainer Alan Jarvis has fired a broadside at the British Horseracing Authority after losing his licence. The 75-year-old handler was refused permission to train under the BHA’s ‘fit and proper person’ rule, relating to debts owed to Doncaster Bloodstock Sales Ltd. Continue Reading...

Senate Committee Okays Bill to Prevent U.S. Slaughter Plants, May 28, 2014
Press Release
The American Horse Council reports that the Senate Appropriations Committee on May 22 approved its version of the FY 2015 Agriculture Appropriations bill (S.2389).  This bill provides funding for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for the 2015 fiscal year (October 1, 2014 through September 30, 2015). The bill contains several provisions that impact the horse industry, including funding for USDA equine health activities, enforcement of the Horse Protection Act and a provision that would prohibit funding for USDA inspections at U.S. horse slaughter facilities. Continue Reading...

Churchill Downs Incorporated Announces Agreement Allowing The Stronach Group to Operate Racing at Calder Race Course, May 28, 2014
Press Release
Churchill Downs Incorporated (CDI) (NASDAQ: CHDN) announced that it has entered into a binding term sheet with The Stronach Group (TSG) under which TSG will operate, at TSG’s expense, live racing and maintain certain facilities used for racing and training at Calder Race Course (Calder)  located in Miami Gardens, Fla. TSG will run at Calder the minimum number of race days required by Florida law while also running live racing during the course of the rest of the year at Gulfstream Park.  This arrangement will be in effect through the end of 2020. Continue Reading...

Central Authority Gives Eventing a Leg Up on Racing, May 28, 2014
By Natalie Voss
For the past several years, security protocols and medication regulations for the Triple Crown races have been a topic of much discussion in the days leading up to the Kentucky Derby. On the weekend before this year’s Derby, the Kentucky Horse Park played host to the Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event, the most prestigious eventing competition in the United States. Interestingly, the sport horse world was virtually silent on the subject of pre- and in-competition veterinary protocols. Continue Reading...

Horse racing industry plans to treble international investment, May 27, 2014
By Olivia Goldhill
The British horse racing industry is aiming to treble international investment in the sport with plans to attract tens of millions of pounds worth of overseas funding per year. Steve Harman, chairman of the British Horseracing Authority (BHA), said that British horse racing is renowned worldwide and, as the second most popular spectator sport in the UK, has the potential to attract massive investment. Continue Reading...

More transparency sought from New York stewards, May 27, 2014
By Matt Hegarty
New York stewards may soon be required to issue weekly reports detailing how they voted and whom they interviewed during the rulings process under a directive being developed by the New York State Gaming Commission, the director of the commission’s racing division said Tuesday during a commission meeting. Ron Ochrym, the racing division director, said the new directive was still in the development process but that it likely would be ready for presentation to the commission for approval by late this summer. Ochrym also said the weekly reports may be expanded to include the names of those horses who were selected for drug tests during the previous week of racing, among additional items. Continue Reading...

Manning to face stewards, May 26, 2014
By Mike Dillon
Integrity stewards will today or tomorrow reopen the inquiry into comments made on Trackside Television at Ellerslie on Saturday by Cambridge trainer Ralph Manning. When being interviewed after Civics Rock won at Ellerslie, Manning said he did not know where he would next place the horse because of concerns over the horse's handicapping which he expressed rather forthrightly and later repeated. Continue Reading...

No Smoking Gun in PETA Video Sent to KHRC, May 22, 2014
By Frank Angst
Though People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has submitted a 10-page complaint and a 22-minute video to the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission alleging animal abuse last year in trainer Steve Asmussen's Churchill Downs stable, no smoking gun is evident in a review of the evidence. That is not to say investigators won't find rule violations stemming from the video and complaint that centers on the treatment of 2011 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) runner-up Nehro, but the video does not appear to offer any obvious violations. While no illegal injections—in fact no injections—of Nehro are documented in the video or complaint, the animal rights group argues that because of his ailing feet, Zayat Stables' Nehro never should have been sent out for a pair of workouts in April 2013 at Churchill. 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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