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Coast trainer loses appeal against $25,000 fine, March 24, 2017

By Alex Nolan
Sunshine Coast trainer David Vandyke has lost an appeal against the severity of his $25,000 fine imposed by Racing New South Wales stewards, after stable star Yankee Rose tested positive to a banned substance at Randwick last year. Continue Reading…

Jury finds The Age defamed Damian Sheales, March 23, 2017

By Jane Lee
A Supreme Court jury has found that an article in The Age defamed a lawyer for horse trainers who successfully challenged cobalt charges. Continue Reading…

Stewards scratch Banks pair at Seymour, March 23, 2017

By Andrew Eddy
Racing Victoria stewards on Thursday ordered two horses prepared by Sutton Grange trainer Paul Banks to be withdrawn from the Seymour meeting due to concerns as to where the horses had been stabled. Continue Reading…

Dean Holland outed for three weeks, March 23, 2017

By Andrew Eddy
Jockey Dean Holland has been suspended for three weeks by the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board after pleading guilty to the charge that he did not give his mount every chance in a race at Moonee Valley in February. Continue Reading…

As E-Sports Grows, Videogame Companies Battle Cheaters, March 22, 2017

By Sarah E. Needleman
Videogame companies pushing online competitions are grappling with the digital equivalent of performance-enhancing drugs. Continue Reading…

Stewards adjourn inquiry into handling of Orange placegetter Hirokin, March 22, 2017

By Isaac Ling
Racing NSW stewards have adjourned an inquiry into the handling of third placegetter Hirokin in the Orange Cup Prelude (1600m) on Monday. Continue Reading…

BHA to double number of dope tests on horses away from racecourse, March 21, 2017

By Chris Cook
Racing’s ruling body is to double the amount of dope-testing it conducts away from the racecourse as part of its effort to combat the sophistication of modern doping methods. The British Horseracing Authority also plans to take more raceday samples this year than in the past, under the guidance of Brant Dunshea, who became the director of integrity and raceday operations in October. Continue Reading…

Delta trainer Ramirez fined for horse mixup, March 21, 2017

By Matt Hegarty
Trainer Eduardo Ramirez has been fined $1,000 by the stewards at Delta Downs for his part in a incident involving two horses that raced under swapped identities, and the case has been referred to the Louisiana Racing Commission for additional penalties, according to rulings from the track. Continue Reading…

McMullen A ‘Natural’ To Continue Gentle Approach As NYRA’s New Starter, March 20, 2017

By Tom Pedulla
Mike McMullen joined the racing scene in 1987 as a tall, lanky teenager who possessed a heavyweight's hands and a puppy dog's demeanor as he tagged along behind Jim, his older brother. He quickly became known as “Pup,” a moniker he cannot shake, even after recently being named head starter for the New York Racing Association. Continue Reading…

Foiling the Beards,  March 17, 2017

By Joseph Faraldo
Let’s face it — our industry loves to demean itself and is often the victim of self-inflicted wounds and so, let’s acknowledge that we will have difficulty drawing any new people to harness racing unless we address ongoing rumors and innuendo and start tackling issues – or even supposed issues – in a fact-based, structured manner. A perfect example is the issue of “beard” trainers and I would like to suggest action is needed immediately by industry stakeholders to clarify exactly what the scope and scale of the problem is and then root it out entirely. 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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