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Weekly ROAP e-News Blast
February 14, 2014

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KY Supreme Court Will Not Review Stewart Case, February 14, 2014
By Ron Mitchell
The Kentucky Supreme Court has declined to review a lower court ruling overturning Dr. Rod Stewart's four-year suspension for possession of cobra venom and other substances.
In September 2009, Stewart was suspended for four years by the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority (subsequently renamed the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission) for possession of three sealed vials of cobra venom, a substance used to kill pain, and suspended for one year for the possession of carbidopa and levodopa, both of which are used to treat Parkinson's disease in humans. The substances were found during a June 22, 2007 search and seizure of items in a barn at the Keeneland training center occupied by trainer Patrick Biancone. Continue Reading...
The Jockey Club Denies Stud Book Privileges to Four Trainers for Violations, February 13, 2014
By Bob Curran, Jr.
The Jockey Club announced today that one trainer will be denied all privileges of The American Stud Book for 10 years and that three other trainers will be denied the same privileges for three years. All actions became effective January 1, 2014.
The denials of privileges include the privilege of registering foals and the privileges of any registration process for any Thoroughbred. The denials of privileges are pursuant to Rule 19 of the Principal Rules and Requirements of The American Stud Book. Continue Reading...
Viagra Suspension: A Trail from China to New Mexico, February 13, 2014
By Ray Paulick
Quarter horse trainer John Stinebaugh said contamination of cinnamon ginseng powder – imported from China into Canada, then sent to a compounding pharmacy in Texas, made into a paste sold to veterinarians and given to horses he trained in New Mexico – may put him out of business.
“Trainers beware,” he told the Paulick Report two days after being fined $40,000 and having his licensed suspended 16 years by the New Mexico Racing Commission. Last July, four horses in his care tested positive for Sildenafil, the active ingredient in the erectile dysfunction drug Viagra. He said trace amounts of the drug showed up as a result of contaminated raw materials used by a compounding pharmacy. “If I can’t trust the vets and the vets can’t trust the companies they buy their products from, where does it end?” Continue Reading...
Japanese Racing : An Inspiration And A Warning (Pt. 1), February 13, 2014
By Naohiro Goda
First organized in 1861 by British residents at Yokohama, the Pacific Ocean port city adjoining Tokyo, modern-style racing in Japan boasts a long and intriguing history. In 2012, more than a century and a half after it was introduced to the country, Japanese racing handled more than ¥2.3 trillion ($24 billion) on 288 race meetings (days) organised by the Japan Racing Association (JRA). To put this figure in context, the pari-mutuel handle for the United States in the same year was $10.8 billion.
A division of government, the JRA supervises what might be termed “major league” horse racing in Japan. A second division of racing in Japan, the National Association of Racing (NAR), is run by local governments, but the JRA is the true governing body of racing for international purposes.  Continue Reading...
British vets' body queries Lord Stevens' report into drugs offences in Sheikh Mohammed's equine empire
British Equine Veterinary Association is concerned that unlicensed drugs were intended to be administered by “non-vets”, February 13, 2014
By Pippa Cuckson
The British Equine Veterinary Association is concerned that unlicensed drugs seized from stables and a plane owned by Sheikh Mohammed were intended to be administered by “non-vets”, which would be an offence under the Veterinary Surgeons Act.
On Wednesday, a report commissioned by the world’s largest racehorse owner from the former Metropolitan Police commissioner Lord Stevens exonerated Sheikh Mohammed from any knowledge of the circumstances leading to last summer’s raids drugs by customs officials and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs’ Veterinary Medicines Directorate. Continue Reading...
Sheikh Mohammed exonerated by Lord Stevens' report into doping scandal
• Investigation clears head of world's largest equine operation
• Management failings and complacency highlighted by review, Feb 12, 2014
By James Riach
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, the UK's leading racehorse owner, has been cleared of having any knowledge of three drug-related incidents involving his organisation last year, according to a report commissioned by the Sheikh himself.
Lord Stevens, the former Metropolitan Police chief commissioner, was employed to investigate a series of damaging incidents and interview a series of key figures. The report concluded that the seizures of unlicensed veterinary goods by British authorities resulted from "a sense of complacency" within the Sheikh's management structure. Continue Reading...
Viagra Positives Land New Mexico Trainer 16-Year Ban, February 11, 2014
By Ray Paulick
Quarter horse trainer John Stinebaugh has been suspended 16 years and fined $40,000 after four horses in his care tested positive for Sildenafil, the active ingredient in the human erectile dysfunction drug Viagra. The horses were competing in Rainbow Futurity and Rainbow Derby Trials at Ruidoso Downs last July 5 and 6.
Seldenafil is a Class 3 drug that carries a Class A penalty – the most severe penalty category – under drug classification guidelines published by the Association of Racing Commissioners International. Viagra is not approved by the FDA for use in horses. The drug increases cardiac output and can be performance enhancing. Continue Reading...
BHA, Emirates Racing Launch Steward ‘Exchange Program’, February 10, 2014
Press Release
Race stewards from Britain are to receive placements in the UAE as part of a new exchange initiative set up between the Emirates Racing Authority (ERA) and the British Horseracing Authority (BHA)
The Stewards Exchange Programme will see BHA Trainee Stipendiary Steward Sam Angell attend UAE race meetings from March 8-31 2014, a time period which will take in the US$27.25m Dubai World Cup day on Saturday March 29, 2014. Angell will sit on the ERA Stewards’ Panel and officiate at all meetings in that time period. Continue Reading...
More get-tough measures to stop horse racing cheats in NM, February 3, 2014
By Rob Nikolewski
SANTA FE  – In another effort to clean up New Mexico‘s reputation in horse racing, four bills have been introduced in the current 30-day legislative session.
“If you’re a bad guy and you’re doping your horses, the tracks should be allowed to keep you off the grounds,” said state Sen. Mary Kay Papen, D-Las Cruces, who has introduced two bills in the Senate that mirror two bills in the House of Representatives introduced by Rep. Candy Spence Ezzell, R-Roswell. Continue Reading...
David Jerkens named Del Mar's new racing secretary
Jerkens, 35, racing secretary at Golden Gate Fields, replaces Tom Robbins, who started in 1981, January 30, 2014
By Ed Zieralski
Del Mar is coming off its third consecutive successful season in which daily field sizes increased at a time when many tracks are having a difficult time finding enough horses to run. Del Mar is the only major track in California to run five days a week. The track’s Ship and Win program, instituted by Robbins for the first time in 2011, has had a lot to do with that. It drew 149 out-of-state runners in 2013. That’s up from 107 runners in 2011 and 137 starters in 2012. The shippers won more races last year than ever, too, finding the winner’s circle 24 times in 2013 compared to 13 times in 2012.
Both racing surfaces at Del Mar are undergoing complete facelifts. Leif Dickinson, the turf and landscape superintendent, is overseeing the major project, the expansion and replacement of the turf course to allow for 14 starters on grass. New sod is expected to go in some time in February on the new turf course. And Polytrack superintendent Richard Tedesco is directing a screening and refurbishment of the Polytrack to remove any rocks or other items that began surfacing late in last year’s meeting when the asphalt layer began breaking down beneath the Polytrack. That is being sealed and covered. Continue Reading...
Mid-Atlantic Moves Forward With Drug Reform, January 30, 2014
By Tom LaMarra
Racing jurisdictions concentrated in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions are finding progress to be a subjective term: Much has been accomplished, but much remains to be done.
About 40 industry stakeholders, primarily regulators and horsemen's representatives, met Jan. 30 at the White Clay Creek Country Club at Delaware Park for an update on adoption of uniform model rules on equine medication and drug testing. It was about a year ago the group first met to attempt to devise a regional plan that could serve as a national model. Continue Reading...
Jockeys' Guild Discusses Safety Issues, January 28, 2014
By Frank Angst
As Jockeys' Guild national manager Terry Meyocks sees it, fast-acting paramedics made key decisions that may have saved the life of Racing Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez when he suffered serious injuries after his mount broke down in the 2013 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) Nov. 2 at Santa Anita Park.
While race riding always will have an element of danger, Meyocks has worked to make the sport as safe as possible for jockeys, whether it be Velazquez, who returned to racing Jan. 25 after recuperating from internal injuries that required removal of his spleen when Secret Compass broke down, or an apprentice rider cutting his teeth at one of the country's smaller tracks. 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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