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Delaware Approves New Drug Penalty Schedule Ahead of Meet

Just weeks ahead of Delaware Park’s May 11 meet, regulators approved new rules regarding medication administration in the state. The rules are in accordance with the uniform medication guidelines set up by the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium and the … Continue reading

Ward: Asmussen Investigation Could Take ‘Several Months’

According to a story in The Blood-Horse, the investigation by New York and Kentucky regulators into trainer Steve Asmussen could take “at least several months.” The investigation was spurned by an undercover video report published by PETA. Kentucky Horse Racing Commission … Continue reading

Stronach Takes Lead on Medication, Integrity Issues

(Editor’s Note: The following message from Frank Stronach was distributed by the Stronach Group, which owns Santa Anita Park, Gulfstream Park & Casino, Golden Gate Fields, Portland Meadows, Laurel Park, and Pimlico Race Course, home of the Preakness. The company … Continue reading

Bill to Ban Interstate Transport of Horses by Double-Deck Truck Introduced in U.S. House

On April 9, 2014, Representative Steve Cohen (D-TN) introduced the Horse Transportation Safety Act of 2014 (H.R. 4440). The bill would prohibit the interstate transport of any horse in a double-deck truck. This bill is the House version of S. … Continue reading

Churchill Downs ‘Big Board’ Construction Complete, to Launch Opening Night

Churchill Downs says construction on its massive video board is complete.  The 171-foot wide by 90-foot tall board sits 80 feet above the ground on the backstretch, allowing fans throughout the track to see races in crystal clear high-definition. The … Continue reading

Report: Italy to be Dropped From European Pattern Committee in 2015

Italy will not have any internationally-recognized Group races beginning in 2015 after a vote by the European Pattern Committee. According to the Racing Post, Italian racing authorities had been notified of such a possibility after a previous meeting of the … Continue reading

Times Union: Upstate New York Plays Major Role in Horse Slaughter Issue

Although horse slaughter has been banned in the United States since 2007, several thousand unwanted horses still are exported to slaughterhouses in Canada and Mexico each year. Most of those horses find their way into Canada from auction yards located … Continue reading

Toby, Wall Highlight Upcoming Keeneland Library Lecture Series

The Keeneland Library Lecture Series returns tonight with renowned Turf historian Milt Toby and continues tomorrow with Eclipse Award-winning journalist Maryjean Wall and award-winning writer Jamie Nicholson in the Keeneland Library. Toby, an attorney who has been writing about Thoroughbred … Continue reading

John T. Ward Jr. Named Chairman of RCI

A well-established Thoroughbred trainer, long time horse owner, and a leading regulatory veterinarian are the new officers of the Association of Racing Commissioners International (RCI) for 2014-2015, RCI President Ed Martin announced today. John T. Ward, Jr., the Executive Director … Continue reading

Ocala Planning Commission Denies Zoning Change That Would Permit Development Near Area Farms

The Ocala Planning and Zoning Commission on Monday evening denied an application to change the zoning on Ocala Stud and Red Oak Stud that would allow potential commercial development on those sites. According to a report in the Ocala Star … Continue reading