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Voss Story On New York Drug Testing Nominated For Bergstein Award

Team Valor International has nominated a story from the Paulick Report on drug testing in New York for the Stan Bergstein Writing Award. Natalie Voss wrote the piece “New York’s Drug Testing Has Its Own ‘Style,’” published in March, that … Continue reading

Angel Castillo Suspended 20 Days, Fined $1,500 For Parx Whip Caper

Jockey Angel Castillo has been fined $1,500 and suspended 20 calendar days by Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission stewards for taking the whip of a fellow jockey during a race at Parx Racing on Sept. 21, then using it 16 times down … Continue reading

Barr-Tonko Bill Draws Additional Congressional Support

The Coalition for Horse Racing Integrity (CHRI) announced today that six additional members of the U.S. House of Representatives have signed on in support of the Thoroughbred Horseracing Integrity Act of 2015 (THIA). They are Representatives Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Susan … Continue reading

‘Confident In The Performance Of Our Track’: Keeneland Issues Results Of Latest Main Track Review

Keeneland announced today that Dr. Mick Peterson, University of Maine Professor and executive director of the Racing Surfaces Testing Laboratory, was on site this weekend, working with track officials to review testing and daily measuring procedures to ensure the safety … Continue reading

Barr Reintroduces Tax Legislation To Benefit Horse Industry

Congressman Andy Barr of Kentucky reintroduced two bills to provide relief and prevent a looming tax increase on the horse industry.  H.R. 3671, the Race Horse Cost Recovery Act, would make permanent the three-year depreciation schedule for all race horses which … Continue reading

Hurwitz, CEO Of Sam Houston Race Park Dies In Boating Accident

Shawn Hurwitz, CEO of Sam Houston Race Park, died in a boating accident early Sunday morning on Lake Austin. Austin fire officials told the Houston Chronicle that Hurwitz’s craft collided with an object then sunk around 5 a.m. Hurwitz, 50, died at the … Continue reading

Great Britain: Racecourse Exec, Jockeys Among Those Banned As Result Of Race-Fixing Probe

British Horseracing Authority officials have suspended and fined several people that were involved in a race-fixing scheme that took place in 2011 and 2012 at Towcester Racecourse. According to the Racing Post, Kevin Ackerman, Towcester Racecourse’s chief executive, has been banned for six … Continue reading

Gural: Racing Needs ‘One Holistic Anti-Doping Approach’

In an opinion piece for the New Jersey Star-Ledger, racetrack operator Jeff Gural offers his “wholehearted support” for the Thoroughbred Horseracing Integrity Act introduced by congressmen Andy Barr and Paul Tonko in July. “It is my strong hope that the … Continue reading

Trainer Beckett Calls For Amended Whip Use Rules

Trainer Ralph Beckett told the Racing Post Saturday that he believes the penalty for misuse of the whip should be stricter. Beckett proposed a rule that horses should be disqualified if their riders use the whip too often during the … Continue reading

Eng: Daily Fantasy Games Facing Issue Similar To Past Incident In Racing

DraftKings and FanDuel, the leading websites in daily fantasy sports, are currently mired in a controversy that, according to a piece by Richard Eng for the Las Vegas Review-Journal, is similar to a situation that happened in horse racing in … Continue reading

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