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Attention Officials:
The ROAP Database has been updated through the end of 2016. Please review your profile for accuracy. If you have any questions, please contact the ROAP office. 

2017 ROAP Flat Racing Accreditation School will be held at Santa Anita on June 12-18, 2017. Please register today!

Due to the recent EHV-1 outbreaks, please remember the Equine Disease Communication Center (EDCC) (click logo to see a list of alerts) is an important resource for keeping up to date on infectious disease outbreaks. 

Additionally, a FREE webinar on Managing EHV-1 is available HERE (or by selecting picture above). Please encourage all officials, management and horseman to review this important webinar.

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Waller's ice fine heavily reduced

By Brent Zerafa,, February 10, 2017

Chris Waller's appeal against the $30,000 fine imposed as a result of one his horses testing positive to ice has been reduced to $5000 by the Racing NSW appeal panel. Continue Reading…

RMTC Board Approves Interim Accreditation of Illinois Lab, Issues Glaucine Testing Recommendations and DMSO Administration Guidance

Press Release,, February 9, 2017

The RMTC board granted Interim Accreditation to the University of Illinois at Chicago Analytical Forensic Testing Laboratory at its February 6 meeting at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale, Fla. The laboratory is on track to become the ninth to receive full RMTC Laboratory Accreditation since 2013. The University of Illinois-Chicago laboratory performs testing of Thoroughbred and Standardbred samples for the Illinois Racing Board. Continue Reading…

Feds Up The Ante Against Trainer Rojas, Seek $5.2 Million Judgment If Convicted

By Paulick Report Staff,, February 9, 2016

A federal grand jury in Harrisburg, Pa., has filed additional charges of wire fraud and conspiracy against owner-trainer Murray Rojas, alleging she illegally administered drugs to 47 horses over a period of more than five years. Authorities are seeking $5.2 million in a forfeiture judgment against her if convicted. Continue Reading…

Qld stewards adjourn handling inquiry

By Mark Oberhardt,, February 9, 2017

Queensland jockey Luke Rolls' ride on American Diva at Eagle Farm has come under scrutiny from stewards. Continue Reading…

Third disqualification for Karakatsanis

By AAP,, February 9, 2017

Already training on a stay of proceedings over two disqualifications, Con Karakatsanis has been banned for a third offence. Continue Reading…

Belinda McCarthy disqualified and fined, February 9, 2017

Harness Racing New South Wales Stewards today concluded the Inquiry into the presentation of VINNY CHASE to race at Tabcorp Park Menangle on 14 June 2016, when subsequent to it winning race 4 on that date a urine sample taken from it was found to contain the prohibited substances boldenone, nandrolone and 5 alpha – estran-3 beta, 17 alpha-diol. A further sample taken from the horse at its stables on 15 July 2016 also detected prohibited substances boldenone, nandrolone and 5 alpha – estran-3 beta, 17 alpha-diol. Continue Reading…

Star apprentice Deanne Panya tests positive to banned substance

By Brad Davidson,, February 8, 2017

TALENTED apprentice Deanne Panya has protested her innocence as she potentially faces a four- to six-week ban after testing positive to a diuretic. Continue Reading…

Mistaken Identity? Louisiana Officials Investigating 11 1/4-Length Winner At Delta Downs

By Ray Paulick,, February 8, 2017

Louisiana State Racing Commission officials are investigating whether two horses from the barn of Eduardo Ramirez ran in each other's name at Delta Downs in December and January. Continue Reading…

Alleged Cobram race-fixers free to drive

By James Lamb,, February 8, 2017

The Harness Racing Victoria RAD Board have today upheld appeals by the licensed participants at the centre of the alleged 'Cobram race-fixing scandal'. Continue Reading…

Dimitt enters blind plea, sentencing March 23

By Dianna F. Dandridge-Rystrom ,, February 8, 2017

For more than a year and a half, horse trainer Robert Dimitt has claimed to be not guilty of five counts of animal abuse, only to change his plea Monday morning to no contest and accept the conditions of blind plea. Continue Reading…

Williams in clear after Ibuprofen positive

By Staff,, February 7, 2017

Warrnambool trainer Matthew Williams has been cleared of any rule breach, following an investigation into a raceday Ibuprofen detection in galloper Oregon Spirit. Continue Reading…

Greece Newest Member Of European & Mediterranean Horseracing Federation

Edited Press Release,, February 7, 2017

The Jockey Club of Greece's application to join the European and Mediterranean Horseracing Federation has been accepted, and Greece is to become the EMHF's 28th member country. The decision follows an inspection visit by the EMHF's Secretary-General, Paull Khan, in November and means that the Jockey Club of Greece will be welcomed to this year's EMHF General Assembly, which is to be held in Stockholm on May 29. Continue Reading…

NSW jockey disqualified for 18 months

By Brent Zerafa,, February 7, 2017

A jockey in New South Wales has been disqualified for 18 months after he was found to be using an illegal whip with copper wire attached to the tip at trackwork. Continue Reading…

CHRB Faces Another Delay In Third-Party Furosemide Administration

By Ray Paulick

Efforts by the California Horse Racing Board to begin third-party administration of the anti-bleeder medication furosemide (Salix, formerly Lasix) – initiated in 2012 – suffered another setback last week when the state of California's Office of Administrative Law disapproved an amendment to sections 1433 and 1845 of Title 4 the California Code of Regulations because the regulations “failed to comply with the ‘clarity' standard of government code” and the CHRB “failed to follow all required procedures” under the California Administrative Procedure Act. Continue Reading…

When It Comes To Precautions During Disease Outbreaks, Don’t Forget The Farrier

By Denise Steffanus,, February 6, 2017

As EHV-1 outbreaks continue to dominate the horse care news cycle, managers and horsemen are asking what they can do to minimize the risk of this and other communicable diseases. Most farms have a protocol that visitors and personnel must follow, but sometimes a farm overlooks its farrier when it comes to biosecurity. Continue Reading…

Florida’s ‘Sham’ Continues: ‘Fake’ Horse Racing On Its Way To Hialeah Park

By Ray Paulick,, February 6, 2017

Tired of hearing about “fake” news?
Well, for a change of pace, get ready for some “fake” horse racing at Hialeah Park, a South Florida track that once was synonymous with class and elegance in Thoroughbred racing. Continue Reading…

Santa Anita stewards fine Gus Headley $1,500

By Steve Andersen,, February 5, 2017

ARCADIA, Calif.- Trainer Gus Headley was fined $1,500 on Jan. 29 for removing a horse from another trainer’s stable and administering medication to the horse, according to a ruling issued by Santa Anita stewards Grant Baker, Scott Chaney, and Kim Sawyer. Continue Reading…

Turf club to investigate three-horse fall

By Alina Rylko,, February 4, 2017

An Investigation will be carried out into the cause of a three-horse fall during a race at the Lismore Turf Club on Saturday afternoon. About 2.40pm, three jockeys were dislodged off their racehorses at the 600m mark of race two, the XXXX Gold 1400m Maiden Handicap. Continue Reading…

BHA announces search for panel members

By Keith Melrose,, February 3, 2017

How would you fancy becoming a member of racing's judiciary? The opportunity presented itself on Friday when Brian Barker QC, the newly appointed judicial panel chairman at the BHA, started his search for new disciplinary and licensing panel members. Continue Reading…

Avoiding the slippery slope of unethical behavior

​By Malinda Larkin,, February 1, 2017

Sporting an orange prison jumpsuit and handcuffs, Chuck Gallagher declared, “Every choice has a consequence.” He later ditched the get-up as he gave his speech on ethics, but the former convicted felon—now a business ethics speaker—intended to drive home a point. His message boiled down to this: People cheat when they have a chance, but when issues of honesty versus rationalization are openly discussed, people dramatically reduce or stop cheating. The lesson, then, is to remove opportunities to cheat and expand ethics training beyond mandatory requirements. Continue Reading…

2017 Points of Emphasis
  • Crop Issues and Usage of the Riding Crop
  • Human Drug Usage: Testing, Prescription Verification, and Contamination Prevention
  • Improved Public Perception: Transparency, Consistency, and Decision Making in the Stand
  • Resources for Biosecurity:  Plans for Reduction of Contamination and Spread of Infectious Disease
  • Multiple Medication Violations
  • Immigration and Licensing

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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