Natalie Voss

Rules Of Racing: How Far We’ve Come, And How Far We Haven’t

The racing world in recent weeks has heard a lot about the relative benefits of Category 1 and Category 2 stewarding:  Which is better, which is more consistent, which will yield more fair outcomes? A presentation earlier this month at the Saratoga Institute on Equine, Racing and Gaming Law from attorney Bennett Liebman served as […]

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Commentary: Uniform Rules In Horse Racing Won’t Happen Without Compromise

For as long as I’ve covered horse racing, I’ve been asking people to define their biggest concern about the sport. For my entire career, the top two, conveniently dovetailed answers have been the same: central regulatory authority and uniform rules. Those who want a commissioner of horse racing usually want one so they will impose […]

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Three Former Hagyard Vets Win Partial Summary Judgment Over Share Purchase Agreement

Three veterinarians suing their former employer won a victory in Fayette Circuit Court in Lexington, Ky., when the judge presiding over the case entered an order for partial summary judgement in favor of the plaintiffs. Judge John Reynolds found that a valid contract existed between Drs. Rocky Mason, Christopher Smith and Patrick Ford and Hagyard-Davidson-McGee […]

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Jockey Club Committee Calls For Elimination Of Whip Use For Encouragement

The Jockey Club’s Thoroughbred Safety Committee has revised its 2016 position on whip use to recommend it be used “to avoid dangerous situations” only, not for encouragement. The committee published its new recommendation on Sunday. The complete language is below. “The Association of Racing Commissioners International (ARCI) Model Rules Committee amends, and all regulatory authorities […]

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‘This Story Is Not Going Away’: Round Table Focuses On Action In Times Of Crisis

A statistic presented during the 67th annual Round Table Conference in Saratoga Springs Sunday put the current horse racing crisis into sobering perspective: according to David Fuscus, president and CEO of crisis management company Xenophon Strategies, there have been 20,000 news stories published since January 1 on the racing industry’s struggles, brought to light by […]

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Hong Kong Steward Urges U.S. To Adopt Widely Accepted Disqualification Rules

It’s often true that major change in horse racing is reactive more than proactive, that one watershed event prompts change that heretofore seemed less necessary. Some in American horse racing are left wondering whether this year’s Kentucky Derby will be that moment for stewarding in U.S. races. That was certainly the message from the International […]

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Luis Saez Handed Seven-Day ‘Careless Riding’ Suspension For Ride At Saratoga

Jockey Luis Saez received notification Aug. 9 of a seven-day suspension for “careless riding”. The incident in question took place in the Grade 2 Adirondack Stakes, the tenth race on the Aug. 4 card, in which Saez mount Just Fly veered left near the top of the stretch under right-handed whip.Just Fly crowded several other […]

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Labor And Immigration Audits: What Trainers Need To Know

When news broke earlier this year of trainer Chad Brown’s settlement agreement with the U.S. Department of Labor, it was the size of the settlement ($1.6 million) that shocked readers as much as the list of violations. According to a news release, auditors determined Brown failed to pay H-2B visa employees the wages they were […]

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The Question Of Horse Racing’s Survival: What Can Be Done To Help Tip The Scales?

In the wake of a rash of equine fatalities at Santa Anita Park last spring, horse racing insiders and fans have been asking each other for months: Will the sport survive this crisis?  The question was also a central focus of the annual Saratoga Institute on Equine, Racing and Gaming Law held Tuesday in Saratoga […]

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Payroll, Drug Testing, Oversight Are Concerns As Illinois Horse Racing Heads Into New Era

With the announcement earlier this summer that expanded gaming legislation had been signed by Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker, many horsemen breathed a sigh of relief. At last, they thought, a state which had struggled to be competitive with neighboring Indiana and Kentucky would finally be able to hold its own. It remains unclear when and […]

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