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Weekly ROAP e-News Blast
June 13, 2014


Suffolk Downs to Reduce Race Dates, June 12, 2014
By Lynne Snierson
The 2014 meet at Suffolk Downs will be extended through Sept. 29 but the number of live racing days will decrease, according to a new agreement reached between track management and the New England Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association. With only 575 horses currently stabled on the grounds, the track has been unable to satisfy the existing state requirement that it run 100 days in order to be able to simulcast. That law expires in July. Continuing Reading...

Arlington cuts purses in response to handle decline, June 12, 2014
By Marcus Hersh
Arlington Park instituted an across-the-board purse cut beginning last weekend due to a sharp year-to-year drop in all-sources handle. Purses here were cut from $2,500 at the top end of the purse scale to $500 at the bottom end. “We hope that this is temporary,” said Arlington general manager Tony Petrillo. Continue Reading...

Horse Owners File Lawsuits Against Wickliffe, June 11, 2014
By Frank Angst
Owners of three Thoroughbreds hospitalized after receiving a compounded drug from Wickliffe Veterinary Pharmacy allege the Lexington company not only was negligent in product preparation but also failed to halt distribution after it knew at least one horse death in Kentucky had been linked to the compound. Continue Reading...

Officials rather than jockeys to blame for Grand National start chaos, June 11, 2014
By Chris Cook
Officials were more to blame than jockeys for the chaos at the start of the Grand National in April, it was determined by a disciplinary panel on Wednesday. Thirty-nine of the 40 riders in the race were found in breach of the rules on starting procedures but were given only a caution and told that “the primary problems were from actions that were not theirs”. The British Horseracing Authority will now have to conduct yet another review of how best to start the famous Aintree race and, indeed, all jumps races, since it emerged at this five-hour hearing that practices differ significantly between starters and that some rules are more honoured in the breach than the observance. On this occasion, the jockeys were accused of approaching the tape before the starter had asked them to do so but they argued they are hardly ever given such an explicit instruction and did not expect one. Continue Reading...

Kentucky customers' account wagering continues to rise, June 11, 2014
By Gregory A. Hall
New numbers released by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission support the continuation of an ongoing trend -- the migration of betting from bricks-and-mortar facilities to online services like Churchill Downs Inc.'s Kentuckians bet $31.95 million during the first three months of the year through the eight licensed advance deposit wagering (ADW) companies, up 11.19 percent from the first quarter of 2013. That 11.19 percent increase came during a timeframe when wagering on U.S. horse races fell 2.08 percent, according to Equibase. Continue Reading...

Kentucky Downs proposes new Jockey7 wager, June 10, 2014
By Matt Hegarty
The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission on Tuesday tabled a request by Kentucky Downs for approval of a novel multi-race wager based on the performance of jockeys’ mounts in the last seven races of the card. The commission tabled the vote after several commissioners asked for additional time to consider the wager, which Kentucky Downs is hoping to offer on all six of its race cards this September. The commission is likely to vote on the bet at its meeting in July. Continue Reading...

Texas Takes Steps Toward Instant Racing, June 10, 2014
By Paulick Report Staff
The Texas Racing Commission is accepting comments on a proposal to bring historical racing to the state, according to a report by The Texas Tribune. The commission voted to allow a public posting of the proposed rules for 30 days, after which it will decide whether to accept them. Any possible acceptance of historical racing – better known as Instant Racing – by the commission could come as soon as August. All but one commission member voted to open the rules for public comment. Continue Reading...

Jockey carrying shock buzzers arrested at Prairie Meadows, June 9, 2014
By Tommy Birch
A high-ranking state racing official said Monday that he believes one jockey's attempt at gaining a competitive edge at Prairie Meadows is an isolated incident. Ralph D'Amico, the Presiding State Equine Steward for the state's Racing and Gaming Commission, said that no evidence has been found that others have followed in the footsteps of jockey Roberto Morales, who was arrested June 5 while in possession of shock-inducing buzzers. Continue Reading...

U.S. judge dismisses indictment against trainer over racehorse doping allegations at Penn National, June 7, 2014
By Matt Miller
Concluding that the government's allegations don't support the charges, a federal judge has dismissed the criminal indictment against one of four defendants in a horse doping case at Penn National Race Course. The ruling issued this week by U.S. Middle District Senior Judge William W. Caldwell dismissing the indictment against horse trainer Samuel Webb of Jonestown comes seven months after the highly publicized arrests of Webb and his co-defendants. 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
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