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South African Trainer Fined When Bute Detected in Out of Competition Test

South African trainer W.G. Prestage has been fined 30,000 rand (about US$2,700) after National Horseracing Authority out of competition tests detected the banned substance phenylbutazone in one of his runners. Phenylbutazone, or Bute, is a prohibited substance under the rules … Continue reading

CHRB Committee to Hold Public Meeting on Interference Rule

The Legislative, Legal, and Regulations Committee of the California Horse Racing Board will conduct a public meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 17, at Los Alamitos Race Course. The agenda, including the starting time for the committee meeting, will be posted on … Continue reading

USTA Column on Using Surveillance To Deter Cheating Nominated for Stan Bergstein Award

A column on the United States Trotting Association’s website about deterring cheats across horse racing is the first nominee for the 2015 Stan Bergstein Writing Award. Chris Wittstruck, an attorney and director for the Standardbred Owners Association of New York, … Continue reading

British Racing To Receive £5 Million Prize-Money Boost From Bookmakers

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA), the four contributing bookmakers (William Hill, Ladbrokes, Coral and Betfred) and the Horserace Betting Levy Board (HBLB) have today announced how the Additional Voluntary Contribution (AVC) Fund will be used to help deliver its mutually … Continue reading

Proud Papa: Future Wager on Derby-Winning Sire Being Considered

Officials at Churchill Downs are exploring the possibility of offering a new type Kentucky Derby future wager option…with a bit of a twist. According to an article in the Louisville Courier-Journal, the wager would not be on who might win … Continue reading

Hong Kong Officials Struggle in Fight Against Illegal Gambling

The Hong Kong Jockey Club, perceived worldwide as running an exceptionally tight ship over the sport, is struggling to fight back against illegal off-shore betting operations, per a report in the South China Morning Post this week. Illegal online accounts … Continue reading

Report: Application To Operate Suffolk Downs Filed

The New England Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association filed a supplemental application Nov. 24 to run a 65-day meet at Suffolk Downs in 2015, according to a report in the Blood-Horse. The application supersedes an earlier ‘placeholder’ application for one … Continue reading

West: On Serious Issues, Racing Takes a ‘Stumble Out of the Gate’

When it comes to promoting the good things in horse racing, there have been instances when the sport can’t seem to ‘get out of its own way’. This is also seems true when the industry attempts to deal with serious … Continue reading

New York Approves Extensive New Drug Rules

The New York State Gaming Commission approved major new drug rules that will go into effect Jan. 1, 2015. According to a report in the Blood-Horse, it is the most extensive set of changes in over 30 years in New … Continue reading

Hong Kong: Local Runners Having Greater Success on Champions Day

Next month, Hong Kong will host its valuable Champions Day card, which traditionally has drawn competition from around the globe. Four Group 1 races make up the prestigious program – the Cup, Vase, Sprint and Mile. Until recently, international racing … Continue reading

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