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Weekly ROAP e-News Blast
May 9, 2014

Lots of new job postings from New Mexico this week! And check out our Facebook page for pictures of the ROAP Certificate Course in Fargo, ND! 


Vet pharmacy raided, May 8, 2014
By Christin Coyne
Federal authorities Tuesday executed a search warrant at a Weatherford veterinarian pharmacy, though not many details were available Wednesday, including what prompted the search.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement reportedly raided Weatherford Compounding Pharmacy, located in the 2000 block of Fort Worth Highway, seizing items from the facility. Continuing Ready...

By Ray Paulick
California Chrome wasn’t the only California-bred to make an impression at Churchill Downs on the first Saturday in May. Seven hours before the Kentucky Derby, trainer A. C. Avila sent a 4-year-old Cal-bred with one prior start out to win the day’s third race, a six-furlong maiden special weight contest, by a whopping 14 lengths. Continue Reading...

Grand National 2014: Protest jockeys charged with rule breach, May 8, 2014
Press Release
The 39 jockeys who refused to co-operate with a stewards' inquiry after a false start at the 2014 Grand National will not face disciplinary action over the issue. But the riders have been charged with breaching racing rules by lining up at the beginning of the race before being given permission by the starter. Continue Reading...

By Rev. Eddie Donnally
It’s the day before Seattle Slew will win the Kentucky Derby and start his successful trek to a Triple Crown victory. At Churchill Downs, some 47,000 fans watch as an assistant starter leads my mount Jubilist Jude around and around behind the starting gate in what seems like endless circles. The gate is parked at the sixteenth pole directly in front of the grandstand. In my right hand are a rein and a machine. Continue Reading...

Kentucky Derby | Post-race Derby, Oaks tests cleared, May 6, 2014
By Gregory Hall
Post-race urine and blood samples taken from horses in Saturday’s 140th Kentucky Derby and Friday’s 140th Kentucky Oaks found nothing improper, the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission announced Tuesday. The samples were examined for more than 1,500 substances by the LGC Science Group Ltd. (formerly HFL Sport Science) laboratory in Lexington, which performs the analysis under a contract with the commission. Continue Reading...

Press Release
The 5th International Stewards' Conference was conducted today, 5 May, at Happy Valley Racecourse in Hong Kong. The conference was held in conjunction with the 35th Asian Racing Conference. Chaired by Mr. Kim Kelly, the Hong Kong Jockey Club's Chief Stipendiary Steward, the conference was attended by 71 delegates representing 28 racing jurisdictions. Continue Reading...

Press Release
The Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), Leung Chun-ying, struck a ceremonial gong to signal the start of the 35th Asian Racing Conference (ARC) during a stunning opening ceremony and gala dinner at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre Monday night. Continue Reading...

Handle, number of race days down in April, May 5, 2014
By Matt Hegarty
Wagering on U.S. horse races was down 6.1 percent in April compared with the same month last year, a decline that was coupled with a significant contraction in the number of race days during the month, according to figures released Monday by Equibase. Wagering fell to $812.6 million from $865.1 million in April 2013, according to the figures. The number of race days, however, fell 6.6 percent, from 380 to 355, making average wagering per race day this April $2.29 million, compared with average wagering per race day of $2.28 million in April 2013. Continue Reading...

Jockeys union hits out at Dubai officials over ban for jockey Pat Cosgrave, May 5, 2014
By JA McGrath
Pat Cosgrave has had two months knocked off his six-month ban for improper riding in Dubai, but he will now apply to the British Horseracing Board not to reciprocate any part of the penalty, by which it would apply in this country, because of doubts over rules and stewarding standards in the Emirates. Continue Reading...

Indiana Adopts RCI Medication and Multiple Medication Violation Rules, May 1, 2014
Press Release
At its April 30, 2014 public meeting, the Indiana Horse Racing Commission (“IHRC”) unanimously voted (5-0) to approve the Association of Racing Commissioners (“RCI”) national uniform medication rules and multiple medication violation penalties. The newly approved rules apply equally between all breeds and become effective beginning with the racing programs on May 15, 2014. Continue Reading...

Horse Race North Dakota offers accreditation program, April 29, 2014
Press Release
The North Dakota Horse park is partnering with a national organization to offer anyone interested in become certified for specific jobs in horse racing an accreditation program in May. North Dakota Horse Park will host a Racing Officials Accreditation Program at the track May 8 through 10. The ROAP Certificate Program is open to the public and is geared toward those who want to become a racing official or who are interested in learning more about racing officials in general. Continue Reading...

Louisiana Racing Commission grants Churchill Downs Inc. one-year license on conditional basis, April 29, 2014
By Katherine Terrell
The Louisiana Racing Commission has granted Churchill Downs Inc. a one-year license on a conditional basis for both quarter horse and Thoroughbred racing. The New Orleans Fair Grounds' 2014-15 season will run Nov. 21, 2014 through March 29, 2015. Churchill Downs Inc. applies annually for a 10-year license, but must go to the Commission on a yearly basis to be awarded its racing dates. While the license is usually rolled over without dissension, the Commission was stricter this year. Continue Reading...
Vaccarezza pulls Little Mike from Turf Classic over testing dispute, April 29, 2014
By Paulick Report Staff
Multiple Grade 1 winner Little Mike will not run in Saturday’s G1 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic on the Kentucky Derby undercard at Churchill Downs. Carlo Vaccarezza, who bred  Little Mike and took over his training from Dale Romans after the now 7-year-old gelding ran ninth in Hong Kong in December, is upset with officials from the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission and Churchill Downs over what he calls “unreasonable search and seizure.” Continue Reading...
Decision on Pat Cosgrave’s appeal for six-month ban coming this week, April 28, 2014
By Geoffrey Riddle
Pat Cosgrave will know whether his six-month suspension for improper riding will stand within the next week after the Emirates Racing Authority (ERA) held his appeal hearing at their offices yesterday. Cosgrave was in attendance at the Dubai offices, as was Thomas Crockett, his legal representative, and Paul Struthers, the chief executive of the Britain-based Professional Jockeys’ ­Association. Continue Reading...
Ahead of the Kentucky Derby, Horse Racing Seeks Reform, April 28, 2014
By Pia Catton
No matter who wins Saturday's Kentucky Derby, one name threatens to overshadow this year's race: Steve Asmussen. The current North American trainer with the most career wins, Asmussen has a serious Derby contender, Tapiture. His filly Untapable is the likely favorite in Friday's Oaks, a race for fillies that serves as a prelude to Saturday's Run for the Roses. But the spotlight turned to him after an undercover sting by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, which released a video in March that appeared to show the overmedication of horses and lame horses in his care being made to run. Continue Reading...
Deadline nearing for Sudbury horse-racing deal to save season, April 27, 2014
By Darren MacDonald
There's still no deal for racing this season at Sudbury Downs, although there are signs a deal is getting closer after a provincial announcement Friday detailed a proposal to integrate the industry into its long-term planning. On Friday, the province announced it was bringing horse racing into the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp.'s modernization plan, just two years after it ended an agreement that saw gaming revenue shared with racetracks in exchange for hosting slot machines. Continue Reading...
Summit Focuses on Ending Export for Slaughter, April 27, 2014
By Bill Heller
With the ban of horse slaughter for human consumption in the United States ensured for at least the next two years, equine advocates from around North America convened at the 2014 American Equine Summit in Chatham, N.Y., April 26-27 to push for a permanent ban and the elimination of exporting American horses to Canada, Mexico, and Japan for slaughter. Continue Reading...
As Kentucky Derby approaches, racing industry’s portrayal of Steve Asmussen as a rogue trainer ignores widespread issues, April 27, 2014
By Andrew Beyer
In a sport amply populated by rogues and cheaters, trainer Steve Asmussen has become Public Enemy No. 1. He has shamed thoroughbred racing so badly that the chairman of the Jockey Club, Ogden Mills “Dinny” Phipps, declared that there is “a dark cloud hovering over our sport” and that Asmussen ought to stay away from the Kentucky Derby and the Kentucky Oaks. Continue Reading...
North Dakota racing adopts uniform medication rules, April 26, 2014
Press Release
At its April 25 meeting, the North Dakota Racing Commission provided approval to adopt the recently updated ARCI Uniform Classification Guidelines for Foreign Substances and Recommended Penalties Version 7.00, ARCI Controlled Therapeutic Medication Schedule Version 2.1. The Commission had previously moved to adopt the prior versions of these ARCI rules at its February 28 meeting as well as approving the ARCI Multiple Medication Violation Penalty System and the ARCI Use and Administration of Bleeder Medications rules. Continue Reading...

Ontario's horse racing industry on track, April 25, 2014
Press Release
The Government of Ontario, the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG), and the Ontario Racing Commission (ORC), through its newly formed Ontario Horse Racing (OHR) division, are partnering to build a sustainable future for the Ontario horse racing industry. "OLG is pleased to partner with the government, ORC and OHR to build stability in the horse racing industry," said Philip Olsson, OLG's Chair of the Board. "Together, we are making progress bringing horse racing into the provincial gaming strategy." Continue Reading...

Horse racing to leave Fairplex in Pomona for Los Alamitos, April 21, 2014
By Doug Sanders
Fairplex officials confirmed Monday that horse racing will be moved to the Los Alamitos Race Course this fall contingent upon approval from the California Horse Racing Board.
Although the plan is to move the racing event from Fairplex Park, bettors still will be able to partake in food and betting at the Finish Line Sports Grill, a satellite betting facility located on the Pomona property. 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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