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September 5, 2014

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Jockey Club bans trainer Michael Chang from using drug in US campaign
Race-day medication is allowed in America, but it can't be administered to Rich Tapestry, September 5, 2014
By Michael Cox
The Jockey Club has taken a hardline stance against the use of a controversial drug by not allowing trainer Michael Chang Chun-wai to administer it to his sprinter Rich Tapestry when he competes in the United States next month.
Chang will forge ahead with his planned two-run campaign in California, which he hopes will culminate at the lucrative Breeders' Cup meeting, despite the Jockey Club banning him from using the "anti-bleeding drug" Furosemide. Continue Reading...

Exercise rider dies in accident at Belmont, September 5, 2014
By David Grening
Juan Vazquez, an exercise rider and part-time trainer, died Friday morning from injuries sustained during a training accident at Belmont Park, according trainer Bruce Brown, who employed Vazquez.
According to Brown, Vazquez was working a horse in company and inside of another horse shortly after the 7:30 a.m. renovation break on the Belmont training track. Continue Reading...

Court Overturns Sanctions of Seven Jockeys, September 4, 2014
By Frank Angst
A West Virginia circuit court has overturned the West Virginia Racing Commission's call for fines and suspensions for seven riders involved in a scandal alleging improperly reported riding weights at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races.
The court decision likely brings to an end the drawn-out case that saw jurisdictional disputes between the track and the state regulator reach the state Supreme Court of Appeals, which determined permit-holders ejected by racetracks have the right to appeal those ejections through the WVRC. The initial case dates back to March 2009. Continue Reading...

After 13-second race, Lincoln horse leads 3-mile chase, September 4, 2014
By Mike Patterson
Husker Ridge was one of three horses off and running Thursday in the first race ever held at the new Lincoln Race Course.
Unfortunately, the 6-year-old mare was off the track and running down an adjacent street. Continue Reading...

Canterbury Park Earns Safety Re-Accreditation, September 4, 2014
By Blood-Horse Staff
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced Sept. 4 that Canterbury Park has earned re-accreditation from the NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance.
Canterbury Park received its initial Alliance accreditation in 2010. All accreditations and re-accreditations carry an effective period of two years. Continue Reading...

Indiana to regulate cobalt, September 4, 2014
By Jessica Barnes
At its Sept. 4, 2014 public meeting, the Indiana Horse Racing Commission voted 3-0 to approve rules to regulate cobalt levels in race horses. Cobalt is a naturally occurring trace mineral. The excessive administration of cobalt may enhance the performance of, and potentially become hazardous to, the horse.
The Commission’s action is based on recommendations in a staff report prepared by its Executive Director, Joe Gorajec. The report, which can be accessed at, indicates that results of blood tests from horses racing this season at Hoosier Park and Indiana Grand indicate that excessive levels of cobalt in horses is jeopardizing the integrity of Indiana’s racing product and endangering the health and welfare of its horses. Continue Reading...

NYS Gaming Commission will Issue 10-Year Suspensions for Cobalt Violations, September 4, 2014
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The New York State Gaming Commission today announced that it will issue a standard 10-year suspension to anyone who violates the harness rule prohibiting the use of substances that abnormally oxygenate a horse’s blood, including supra-dietary administration of cobalt salts.
Cobalt salts have a number of industrial and agricultural uses, but are not intended for administration to horses. Continuing Reading...

Fenton accused of having kilo of anabolic steroids, September 4, 2014
By Conor Kane
A KILOGRAM of the anabolic steroid Nitrotain was among the medicines allegedly found at the yard of trainer Philip Fenton, a court heard on Thursday.
State solicitor Paul Fitzpatrick said a 20ml bottle of Ilium Stanabolic, another anabolic steroid, was found at the same time. Fenton was also allegedly in possession of antibiotics for which he did not have veterinary prescriptions, required under the relevant legislation. Continue Reading...

Stewards look into Saint improvement, September 3, 2014
Saint Helena will be sent for a routine test after a jockey-switch saw AP McCoy win aboard the previously unplaced mare at Southwell.
The Southwell stewards looked into the improved performance of Jim Best's horse after she won the 32Red Casino Handicap Hurdle at the track under McCoy on Wednesday. Continue Reading...

House rule limits whipping at Santa Anita, September 2, 2014
By Jay Privman
Jockeys at Santa Anita will be restricted to whipping a horse three times in succession before trying something else to urge the horse, a whip rule mirroring those of Europe and to be instituted at the beginning of the fall meeting starting Sept. 26, according to officials at Santa Anita and the Jockeys’ Guild.
The rule would be a house rule, enacted and enforced by Santa Anita with the cooperation of the state racing board-appointed stewards assigned to that meet. However, the California Horse Racing Board is expected to discuss and potentially adopt the rule statewide in the coming months. Continue Reading...

All American Futurity Winner, Stablemate in Post-Race Distress, September 1, 2014
By Ray Paulick
JM Miracle, winner of Monday’s $2.6 million All American Futurity at Ruidoso Downs, was vanned off the racetrack in distress, suffering from an unknown internal ailment immediately after his half-length victory in Quarter Horse racing’s most prestigious event. One hour earlier, JM Specialwynn – owned and trained by the same connections as the All American Futurity winner – was in similar condition after crossing the line first in the $100,000 All American Juvenile Stakes.
JM Miracle and JM Specialwynn race in the name of Javier and Elsa Marquez’s J & M Racing and Farm of Monahans, Texas, and they are trained by Umberto Belloc. Continue Reading...

NY racing officials look into racehorse deaths, September 1, 2014
By Mike Macadam
A rash of equine fatalities on Saratoga Race Course grounds over a recent five-day period has prompted state racing officials to look closer at the deaths and consider some new safety steps to go with measures already being developed.
From Aug. 21-25, three horses died as a result of injuries while racing, including the grisly scene on Travers Day when 2-year-old colt Ludicrous broke down in front of a crowd of over 46,000. Continue Reading...
Pender plans to appeal suspension, $5,000 fine, August 31, 2014
By Steve Andersen
DEL MAR, Calif.- Trainer Mike Pender has been suspended three weeks and fined $5,000 for five class 4 medication infractions in a 12-month period, Del Mar stewards announced in a ruling on Sunday.
Pender said on Sunday afternoon that he plans to appeal the decision. He said he reached the decision after discussing options with his attorney. Continue Reading...
Lasix: the drug debate which is bleeding US horse racing dry
It may be performance-enhancing, it may mask drugs that are, or it may be just plain cruel. Or it may be none of the above. The only certainty is that the Lasix controversy is not going away, August 31, 2014
By Daniel Ross
Few discussions surrounding the use of drugs in US horse racing arise without mention of the race-day medication Furosemide. An anti-bleeding medication, commonly called Lasix or Salix, it is arguably the principal drug that differentiates the US medication regime from other major racing jurisdictions. Elsewhere in the world, almost uniformly, race-day medications are banned.
It is at the heart of the latest anti-medication proposal – a push to incrementally phase out Lasix in the US, prohibiting its use in two-year-old races next year with a view to expanding the ban to encompass all races the year after. The proposal was endorsed by 25 prominent trainers such as Todd Pletcher and Richard Mandella, as well as Breeders’ Cup officials Bill Farish and Craig Fravel; in a call to arms to other racecourses owners, Frank Stronach, whose Stronach Group owns six US racecourses, urged a collective ban of Lasix at all tracks. Continue Reading...
Ken Callander: Robbie Waterhouse’s tips raise eyebrows as NSW Racing stewards look into bookmaker’s $10 service, August 31, 2014
By Ken Callander
IS Robbie Waterhouse breaking the rules of racing by selling his tips to punters for $10?
Chief Steward Ray Murrihy admits the matter has been brought to the attention of his panel, which will need to determine whether Waterhouse is in breach of Australian Rule Of Racing 175 (i) which deals with a licensed person who by advertisement or other means offers to give information in return for monetary consideration. Continue Reading...
Jones: "Either we eliminate the problem, or the problem is going to eliminate us", August 27, 2014
By Glenye Cain Oakford
Q&A: How would you describe your breeding philosophy?
“We really believe in raising horses like I think good athletes are raised. Having been a football player through high school and college, you’d go out to practice and you’d get roughed up and you’d think the coach was running you too hard and that sort of thing, and the next thing you know there were a ton of people—not myself—but other people who go to be great athletes because of that activity. The bottom line is that I think if you raise horses on the best land and give them the best diet, that you have a chance at raising the best horses. But you can’t hothouse them. You can’t raise them in a stall. You have to raise them out in the bluegrass and out in the sunshine and treat them like the athletes they are. Continue Reading...

2014 Points of Emphasis
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  • 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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