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A Moving Target? Understanding the RMTC’s Progress

Since its 2001 foundation, the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium has made strides toward its goals of a nationally uniform set of medication rules and rigorous state drug testing lab accreditation. In December, RMTC anticipated the number of states working … Continue reading

Experimental Free Handicap Carries Less Weight Than It Used To

There was a time when the publication of weights on the Experimental Free Handicap was a big deal. Owners and breeders pumped up their chests with pride after seeing their horse listed as among the best 2-year-olds of the year. … Continue reading

The Experimental Free Handicap: A Retrospective With Tommy Trotter

Editor’s Note: Thursday, The Jockey Club will release the 2014 Experimental Free Handicap, with assigned weights from a committee comprised of P.J. Campo, Ben Huffman, Martin Panza and Tom Robbins. Racing historian and author Edward L. Bowen takes a trip … Continue reading

Paulick Report Launches New Horseplayers, Horse Care Content

Two new sections to enhance reader experience have been added to the Paulick Report. The sections, Horseplayers and Horse Care, are self-explanatory in the content they provide and come in the wake of a December 2014 independent readership survey of … Continue reading

Chapa Charged With Felony for Alleged ‘Buzzer’ Use

Jockey Roman Chapa has been charged with a felony by the Harris County district attorney in connection with his alleged use of an illegal electrical device while riding Quiet Acceleration to victory in the Richard King Stakes at Sam Houston Race Park … Continue reading

Paraplegic Former Jockey Anne Von Rosen: ‘I Will Walk Again’

“A man does what he must—in spite of personal consequences, in spite of obstacles and dangers and pressures—and that is the basis for all human morality.” John F. Kennedy, Profiles in Courage Paraplegic former jockey, Anne Von Rosen, is writing her … Continue reading

The Horse Racing State of the Union for 2015?

“America, for all that we’ve endured; for all the grit and hard work required to come back; for all the tasks that lie ahead, know this: The shadow of crisis has passed, and the State of the Union is strong.” … Continue reading

‘Horse Country’ and Tourism: Time To Work Together

While the birth of Horse Country Inc., a non-profit to promote equine tourism in Central Kentucky, captured the public’s attention last week, organizers say it has been a long time in the making. The idea began, as so many great … Continue reading

Chapa Summarily Suspended in Texas, Pending Investigation

Jockey Roman Chapa, whose career has been interrupted twice for carrying an illegal device used to stimulate horses, has been summarily suspended by Texas Racing Commission stewards investigating his ride aboard Quiet Acceleration, winner of the $50,000 Richard King Stakes on Saturday … Continue reading

California Chrome Wins Horse of the Year at Eclipse Awards Ceremony

The votes are in and counted. The tuxedos altered to fit expanding waist lines. The spray tans applied. Saturday night was Eclipse Awards night in South Florida. Once again, Gulfstream Park played host to Thoroughbred racing’s annual night of celebration, … Continue reading