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Weekly ROAP e-News Blast
June 6, 2014


State steps into horse racing dispute that's shuttered Vinton OTB parlor, June 4, 2014
By Carole Hazard
Virginia’s Secretary of Commerce and Trade has stepped into a fray between the racetrack in New Kent County and the Virginia horsemen’s association over this year’s Thoroughbred race schedule. Secretary Maurice A. Jones met with key people from the two groups and members of the Virginia Racing Commission for three hours Friday to help resolve a dispute that’s been festering since December. Continuing Reading...

N.J.: Sports bet law infringes on states’ rights, June 3, 2014
By Wayne Parry
ew Jersey is bolstering its legal arguments as it tries to get the U.S. Supreme Court to consider its effort to overturn a ban on legalized sports betting in all but four states. In a filing submitted Tuesday, the state says the federal law needs to be reviewed immediately. Continue Reading...

Lawmakers Back Change in Withholding Taxes, June 3, 2014
By Tom LaMarra
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association said June 3 members of Congress have asked the United States Department of Treasury to clarify regulations on the taxing of pari-mutuel wagers. The trade organization also is asking bettors to support an online petition calling for reform. The letter was co-authored by Republican Rep. Charles Boustany of Louisiana and Democratic Rep. John Yarmouth of Kentucky. Continue Reading...

Thoroughbred Horseracing Drug Problem Exposed on Next 60 Minutes Sports VIDEO, June 3, 2014
By April Neale
60 Minutes Sports: The man who tackled Lance Armstrong and the drug problem in professional cycling says the use of performance enhancing drugs in American horse racing has reached a critical point. ravis Tygart, who heads the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, has been approached by Congress and the racing industry to clean up the sport. Continue Reading...

Amid Crown Chase, a Battle for Racing’s Soul, June 2, 2014
By Jim Squires
In May 1995, when New York became the last major horse racing center in the United States to legalize the race-day use of Lasix, a diuretic that reduces bleeding in horses’ respiratory systems, the decision was celebrated throughout the thoroughbred industry as a great step forward. The biggest name in the sport, the trainer D. Wayne Lukas, who had won the previous four Triple Crown races with three horses — some on Lasix and some not — hailed it as the beginning of uniform medication rules. The breeder Seth Hancock, of the prestigious Claiborne Farm in Kentucky, spoke for many when he said New York had finally leveled the playing field. Continue Reading...

Stewards usually ultimate arbiters on the track, June 2, 2014
By John Jeansonne
To assure that there will be no horsing around in Saturday's Belmont Stakes, three racetrack stewards -- the umpires of their sport -- will be monitoring the proceedings. And, beyond what they themselves might determine to be untoward, they will be available for video scrutiny should a jockey claim a foul by a colleague. The likelihood of a disqualification is minuscule. In the previous 145 Belmonts, there has been only one DQ, and that failed to affect those finishing in the money. In 2010, Uptowncharlybrown, having lost his eight-pound lead pad on the backstretch (and thereby gaining the advantage of being underweight) was bounced from fifth to last. Continue Reading...

Newcastle stable raid highlights industry concern over banned substances, June 2, 2014
By Giselle Wakatama
Australian horse racing officials say the industry is on notice, after a raid at a Newcastle stable for the suspected use of a banned additive. The additive cobalt chloride has been a headache for horse racing officials around the world. Continue Reading...

Colonial Downs reconsiders handing over license, May 31, 2014
By Joanne Kimberlin
One day after Colonial Downs notified the state's Racing Commission it intended to surrender its license, the commission said the track is reconsidering and has resumed talks with horsemen. The threat triggered intervention from the state's secretary of commerce and trade, who summoned all sides to a meeting Friday afternoon in Richmond to try to save the commonwealth's only horse track. Continue Reading...

Darren Smith’s nominations refused by Racing NSW pending an inquiry on cobalt use, May 30, 2014
By Ray Thomas
RACING NSW stewards have ordered the refusal of any nominations from leading Newcastle trainer Darren Smith for the immediate future amid allegations the banned substance cobalt has been detected in some of his racehorses. Stewards dropped the bombshell late yesterday as Smith’s two runners, Oakfield Commands (race 4) and Idle Chat and Melburg (race 7) were immediately scratched from their races at Rosehill Gardens today. Continue Reading...

Stratford Controversy After Result Reversed, May 30, 2014
By Andrew King
STRATFORD'S water jump was the centre of controversy for the second time in a couple of months on Friday night after Rum And Butter was handed the 2m4f novice chase in the stewards' room. Tony McCoy's mount passed the post in second, beaten a neck by the Sam Twiston-Davies-partnered McLlhatton, but was hampered on the run-in as the pair only just avoided colliding with rails closing off the water jump. Continue Reading...

Suffolk cancels Tuesdays in June, May 29, 2014
By Lynne Snierson
There will be no live racing on Tuesdays at Suffolk Downs in the month of June after the Massachusetts Gaming Commission on Thursday approved a request by track management to scratch those dates and keep to the current three days per week schedule. “The existing horse supply isn’t what it needs to be,” Dr. Jennifer Durenberger, the MGC’s director of racing, said in testimony to the five commissioners while adding that the dates would be subject to being rescheduled later in the season if the horse population increases. 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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