Hancock: If Not The Drugs, Then What Is Causing Fatal Injuries?

It has been many months since the fatal breakdowns at Santa Anita Park in California. All of this time has passed and there has not been one word about what might have caused these tragedies other than some theories that the race track was not in the best shape because of the rains. Hasn’t it […]

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Hancock: Put Hubris Aside, Rethink Position On Medication In Horse Racing

I wonder just how long our wonderful sport can survive with our racehorses continuing to break down, causing them to be euthanized? The debate about the connection of these breakdowns on the tracks and the use of powerful drugs such as Bute and Lasix is irrelevant. Perception is reality, and it is quite clear what […]

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Arthur B. Hancock III: American Thoroughbred Racing, A Lone Wolf

The pillars of commerce have always of necessity rested on integrity coupled with government oversight. Without honesty in dealing, commerce will begin to falter. Horseracing is not exempt from this principle. Today America stands alone at a crossroads in Thoroughbred racing and it must decide if it will choose to restore its image and integrity […]

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Hancock: A Proud ‘Elitist,’ And In Good Company

I was a bit puzzled when at a recent HBPA conference a radio host by the name of Stephen Byk referred to those of us who are trying to clean up our sport and protect our horses as “elitists.” I have been fighting this battle against the liberal use of drugs in horse racing for […]

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Hancock: It’s Time for Congress to Wake Up

I was reading an article the other day about how football star Michael Vick served 21 months in prison followed by two months of home confinement for fighting dogs. While dog fighting is outlawed in every state, it was not the state of Virginia that prosecuted Vick but instead it was the federal government!  Such […]

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