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Weekly ROAP e-News Blast

July 25, 2014


Judge accepts plea deal in Penn National clocker's case, July 22, 2014
By Matt Hegarty
A federal judge in Pennsylvania has accepted a plea agreement from a clocker at Penn National Race Course who was indicted last year for recording false workout times for horses, according to court records. Judge William W. Caldwell accepted the agreement Tuesday, according to the records. Under the agreement, the clocker, Danny Roberston, pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud for accepting money from trainers to post false workout times. The times were later used in past-performance data, according to the indictment against Robertson. Continuing Reading...

KLTV 7 Investigates: Illegal horse racing, growing trend in Texas, July 22, 2014
By Melanie Torre and Cody Lillich
A year-long investigation uncovered a large-scale illegal drug and gambling ring in East Texas. Two Smith County men, Omar Bonilla and Renault Kay, were the alleged organizers of illegal horse racing and gambling. The men, along with four other people, are facing numerous federal charges. According to court records, the track was in northeastern Smith County off County Road 3104. Undercover agents reported witnessing hundreds of people betting on horse races there. Continuing Reading...

Keeping the Promise, July 22, 2014
By Eric Mitchell
The cause behind the adoption of synthetic surfaces was a noble one—reduce the number of catastrophic breakdowns to a negligible level. For the most part, the all-weather surfaces that were installed properly did just that. As is noted in the feature on page 22, the number of main-track breakdowns at Keeneland fell to 0.97 per 1,000 from 2009 through 2013. During those same five years the overall rate of breakdowns on all surfaces was 1.91 per 1,000 starts and 2.08 per 1,000 dirt starts. Some horseplayers complained about the inability to handicap for synthetics when Keeneland switched, but it didn’t prevent them from betting, and many seem to have forgotten all the complaining they did about the track bias with Keeneland’s old dirt surface. Continue Reading...

Drug combination sets off rash of positives, July 22, 2014
By Matt Hegarty
A rash of positive tests in the Mid-Atlantic region for overages of the muscle relaxer methocarbamol is being traced to the use of the drug in conjunction with the painkiller phenylbutazone, a combination that slows the elimination of methocarbamol from a horse’s system, according to racing officials and chemists. Methocarbamol, a regulated medication commonly used to treat soreness, has come up in three recent post-race samples in Delaware, including two taken from horses trained by Hall of Famer Jonathan Sheppard. In addition, nine trainers in Pennsylvania have been fined $1,000 each for overages of the drug since March, though the positive tests have dried up in the last six weeks, following the publication of a warning on overnight sheets about using the drug in combination with phenylbutazone, which is commonly known as “bute.” Continuing Reading...

Queen's Horse Estimate Tests Positive for Morphine, July 22, 2014
By Nick Howson
The Queen's horse Estimate has tested positive for morphine, Buckingham Palace have confirmed. Morphine is a permitted medicine but is prohibited on race days. Palace officials believe the 2013 Gold Cup winner at Ascot was a victim of contaminated horse feed product. Continue Reading...

Stewards Suspend Jockey Eswan Flores, July 21, 2014
By Paulick Report Staff
Jockey Eswan Flores has been suspended by Del Mar stewards on Sunday after he missed a scheduled drug test in late June. According to a report in the Daily Racing Form, Flores was scheduled to meet with the stewards on Sunday, but did not attend. He did contact the stewards through an intermediary and later arrived at the track for a drug test administered by California Horse Racing Board investigators. Continue Reading...

Live Thoroughbred Horse Racing Is Back, But For How Long?, July 18, 2014
By Daniel Long
A dinner crowd watches through a clubhouse window as the second sprint of the evening wraps up at the Hazel Park Raceway. The turn-out is almost double the number of people officials were expecting. All are on-hand to witness live thoroughbred horse-racing’s return to Michigan. The crowd includes the former state horse-racing commissioner Bill Ballenger. He says at one point the sport enjoyed immense popularity because it was one of the few ways folks could place a bet. Continue Reading...

CHRB won't target casual pool players, July 17, 2014
By Matt Hegarty
The California Horse Racing Board will not seek out individuals who are pooling their funds to make bets on state races despite its recent ruling that such common practices are illegal, an official of the board said this week in response to questions about its recent determination that account-wagering companies were violating the law when they pooled bets from their customers. Continue Reading...

Kentucky commission distributes $1 million to tracks, July 17, 2014
By Matt Hegarty
The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission on Wednesday approved the disbursement of $1 million to the state’s racetracks from a legislative appropriation, with part of the money being used to cover a shortfall in the purse fund at Churchill Downs. The money was a special appropriation by the legislature this year to the Kentucky Thoroughbred Development Fund, which is used to provide bonuses to Kentucky-bred horses who finish in the money in open races at Kentucky tracks. The money was transferred from a fund providing for equine drug research that had been unused and would have gone to the state’s general fund without the legislation. 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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