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UPDATE: New Orleans Fairgrounds Racetrack Incident Plan Addendum

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David Vandyke fined $25,000 after Yankee Rose fails drug test

By AAP,, January 21, 2017

Yankee Rose’s trainer David Vandyke has been hit with a $25,000 fine and the horse has been disqualified from the Group I Flight Stakes after returning a positive test to banned anti-inflammatory Ketorolac. Continue Reading…

Top jockey William Pike cops 19-day suspension

By Jay Rooney,, January 20, 2017

Champion jockey William Pike has copped a 19-day suspension for careless riding on Dainty Tess at Ascot last Saturday. Continue Reading…

Combating A Culture Of Cheating: Betting On A New Paradigm

By Joe Gorajec,, January 19, 2017

In U.S. racing, each state has the sole authority to regulate all racing within its borders. There is no central, unifying authority. This has led to state-to-state differences in medication rules, drug testing procedures and penalties for violations. Continue Reading…

Turf Paradise Breakdown: The Other Side Of The Story

By Ray Paulick,, January 18, 2017

It's been more than 30 years since Valorie Lund got her career started as a Thoroughbred trainer at bush tracks in Elma and Yakima, Wash. Since 1985, according to Equibase, Lund has saddled some 4,667 starters and won 575 races. Continue Reading…

Combating A Culture Of Cheating: A Matter Of Trust

By Joe Gorajec,, January 18, 2017

Horse racing has a culture of cheating.
Its problem is drugs. It's what the public calls doping. The methods differ, as do the drugs. Continue Reading…

Thompson, Cartwright suspended at Sandown

By Mathew Toogood,, January 18, 2017

Ben Thompson has made it five city wins from the past two meetings with a winning double at Sandown, but the in-form apprentice has had his day soured by a careless riding suspension. Continue Reading…

Investigations continue into 'brain fade' rider

By Keith Melrose,, January 17, 2017

Australia: South Australian stewards are continuing to investigate the incident at Morphettville on Saturday which has led to jockey Josh Cartwright being stood down for reckless riding. Continue Reading…

Del Mar Hires Veteran Trackman Dennis Moore

By BloodHorse Staff,, January 19, 2017

Veteran trackman Dennis Moore, the track superintendent at Santa Anita Park, has agreed to accept the additional role of director of track maintenance at Del Mar, the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club announced Jan. 19. Continue Reading…

Attorney for Mario Serey Jr. claims clenbuterol positives result of sabotage

By Matt Hegarty,, January 17, 2017

An attorney for Mario Serey Jr. on Tuesday argued at a hearing in front of the stewards at Penn National Racecourse that a recent spate of positives in the trainer’s barn for the regulated medication clenbuterol was the result of sabotage, the attorney said. Continue Reading…

Neil Dyer suspended for three months

By AAP,, January 16, 2017

Kyneton trainer Neil Dyer has been suspended for three months after pleading guilty to breaching the race day treatment rules. Continue Reading…

When the pressure is on, some riders breach the whip rules in horse racing, January 16, 2017

What is it that pushes some riders to break the rules on the use of the whip in Thoroughbred horse racing in Australia? Continue Reading…

New Mexico Officials Suspend Veteran Rider J.R. Valenzuela After Electrical Device Discovered

By Paulick Report Staff,, January 16, 2017

Veteran jockey John Raul (J.R.) Valenzuela has been summarily suspended by New Mexico Racing Commission stewards after an electrical device was found in the Sunland Park jockeys room prior to Sunday's fourth race, the $95,000 Shue Fly Stakes for New Mexico-bred Quarter horses. Continue Reading…

New Mexico Racing Commission Fines Owner $15,000 for Connection to Clenbuterol Positives

Press Release,

The New Mexico Racing Commission (NMRC) recently utilized its ability to fine owners of horses when their horses are confirmed positive for illegal drugs. 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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