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Weekly ROAP e-News Blast
January 10, 2014

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Jockeys to Focus on Health and Safety Advances, Concussion and Insurance Issues during Assembly, January 10, 2014
Press Release
The country's Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse jockeys will be learning the latest information about health and safety issues, especially related to concussions, during the 2014 Jockeys’ Guild Assembly to be held January 26 – 28, 2014, in Hollywood, Florida.
Guild members also will learn how the Affordable Care Act affects them, get tips on financial planning, receive updates on industry-related charities and discuss the future of the sport in terms of regulations and enforcement. They will also learn what each jockey can do to help promote horse racing. Continue Reading...
New York to begin testing on cobalt soon; ARCI currently studying substance, January 10, 2014
By Jerry Bossert
New York State will follow the lead of the Meadowlands and begin testing for excessive amounts of cobalt in race horses.
For the past year, The Meadowlands has been taking blood samples on horses to determine if any trainers were using illegal substances on the horses that raced there. The results revealed the presence of cobalt in many samples and in two cases massive amounts of the common element were found in the blood. Continue Reading...
RRTP Releases First National Study of Thoroughbred Placement, January 9, 2014
Press Release
A report released today by Retired Racehorse Training Project (RRTP) is the first nationwide study of how Thoroughbred ex-racehorses are transitioned into second careers. It is based on a survey conducted in late 2013 titled Exploring the Bridge To Second Careers in which owners of 4,200 ex-racehorses from 47 states and Canada responded to 23 questions.
“The public believes that racing owners dump their retiring horses into auctions and that a lucky few get rescued and adopted,” said RRTP president Steuart Pittman.“Our survey tells a different story. Most of these horses were not rescued. They were sold or donated through networks of people both inside and outside of racing who work very hard to transition these animals.” Continue Reading...
Mad Moose banned by British Horseracing Authority, January 9, 2014
Mad Moose has been forbidden from competing by the British Horseracing Authority.
The racehorse has refused to race or been tailed off in four of his last eight races.
Officials looked at the record of the horse, trained by Nigel Twiston-Davies, after he pulled up in the Tingle Creek Chase at Sandown last month. Continue Reading...
Meadowlands/Tioga/Vernon Implement Cobalt Threshold, January 8, 2014
Press Release
For the past year, Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment has been conducting out of competition testing on horses racing at The Meadowlands, in part to determine if any trainers are using illegal substances, but also to gather information pertaining to what racehorses are being given prior to their races and to implement rules to keep the horses safe.  This testing, performed in a joint effort by The Meadowlands and other jurisdictions, is in the form of blood samples taken from horses racing at The Meadowlands.  We had heard rumors that a substance known as Cobalt was being used because it was difficult to detect and was not being tested for.  A large number of these samples have revealed the presence of Cobalt in the horse’s system.  In two cases there were massive amounts present when the samples were analyzed by the lab at the Hong Kong Jockey Club.  In both cases those trainers are no longer allowed to participate at our three tracks.
After a lengthy process, including researching into what Cobalt is and what it does for the horses and discussions with many veterinarians, The Meadowlands has determined that when an excessive amount of Cobalt is administered to a horse, it can be very harmful.  When used in excess, the affects of Cobalt can be, but are not limited to: cardiovascular issues, potential nerve problems, thickening of the blood and thyroid toxicity. Continue Reading...
Racing hall of fame inductee involved in recent doping controversy, January 8, 2014
By Charles D Blunt
The upcoming induction of longtime New Mexico horse trainer Carl Draper into the Ruidoso Downs' Racehorse Hall of Fame – despite problems he faced last year with horse doping – has hit a sour note with the chairman of the New Mexico Racing Commission.
"Carl Draper was given a swift, severe penalty," from the Racing Commission after four horses tested positive for Ractopamine in 2012, commission chairman Robert M. "Rob" Doughty III said last week. Continue Reading...
Schofield Handed Five Week Suspension, January 7th, 2014
By Thomas Hackett
Leading Sydney jockey Glyn Schofield has been suspended for five weeks for failing to take all reasonable and permissible measures when riding Number One Gun in the ATC Membership On Sale Handicap (1400m) at the Randwick Kensington track on December 20.
Glyn Schofield will appeal a five week suspension handed down by Racing New South Wales stewards this afternoon.
Glyn Schofield will appeal a five week suspension handed down by Racing New South Wales stewards this afternoon. Photo by: Taron Clarke
Schofield set an extremely quick tempo on Number One Gun in the early stages of the race and opened up a lead of almost six lengths at the 600 metre mark but the Mossman gelding tired badly in the final stages of the race and was caught by Rowie, who went on to record a two and a half lengths win. Continue Reading...
Stewards quiz visiting trainer at Rosehill, search his Geelong stable, January 5, 2014
By Chris Roots
The Geelong stable of Glenn Thornton was searched as part of an inquiry into a pre-race treatment found in the box of Cool Attraction by Racing NSW investigators at Rosehill on Saturday. The visiting trainer was questioned before the first race, which Cool Attraction was allowed to run in despite an oral syringe being found. ''It is a substance that is promoted as a pre-race treatment,'' chief steward Ray Murrihy said. ''The horse has been pre-race tested and post-race tested.'' Cool Attraction was backed from $61 to $21 on track but could only manage fifth behind Reply Churlish.
Stewards adjourned the inquiry until a date to be fixed and when they have the results of the swabs taken from Cool Attraction. Samples were also taken from the syringe and a bucket found in Thornton's car for testing. Continue Reading...
Donohoe reported to BHA after search refusal, January 3, 2014
By Andrew King
IRISH trainer Shane Donohoe was reported to the stewards of the BHA for failing to give permission to be searched at Wolverhampton last night and, as a result, his runner Star Links was withdrawn from the 7f handicap.
It appears security staff approached Donohoe in the racecourse stables in what was described as "an ongoing integrity issue involving Mr Donohoe and the horse Star Links" by stipendiary steward Greg Pearson. Continue Reading...
Statement from Robert Williams, Acting Executive Director of the New York Gaming Commission
Gaming., December 31, 2013
Press Release
Commencing January 1, 2014, Stephen Lewandowski will be appointed as the State Steward at
The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) tracks. Steve will replace State Steward Carmine Donofrio, who is retiring.
Carmine has served the State of New York as the State Steward at NYRA for the past 14 years and now embarks on a well-earned retirement. He will be missed not only for his expertise and sound judgment, but also for his wit, charm and kindness. Over the course of his 50-plus years in racing, hardly anyone served in more capacities in Thoroughbred racing than Carmine. He started as a jockey and ended up serving as a steward for both the NYRA and the State of New York. He was even the exercise rider for the great Hall of Fame horse Dr. Fager. Carmine has left a lasting legacy at NYRA, and on behalf of the Gaming Commission, I thank him for his service and wish him nothing but the best in his retirement.  Continue Reading...

2014 Points of Emphasis

  • 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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