Natalie Voss

Follow-Up Department: Scourge Of Bridge Jumpers, Utana Wins At Mountaineer

Utana, a 5-year-old Curlin mare whose puzzling off-the-board performance as the heavy favorite in August led to an investigation by the West Virginia Racing Commission, returned to her winning ways earlier this month at Mountaineer Park. Owned by attorneys Clark Brewster and Barry Ostrager and trained by L. Craig Cox, Utana romped to an 11 […]

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Video Of Jockeys Room Fight At Will Rogers Downs Goes Viral

Quarter Horse jockeys James Flores and Omar Reyes, who battled it out for leading rider this year at Remington Park in Oklahoma City, elevated their rivalry to new heights in a Sept. 30 jockeys room brawl at Will Rogers Downs in Claremore, Okla. Jockeys room fights aren’t that unusual, but this one was captured on […]

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Two More Trainers Charged With ‘Rigging’ Penn National Races

Veteran Penn National trainers John D. Conner and Bruce M. Kravets await Nov. 15 preliminary hearings in Commonwealth of Pennsylvania court on charges of “rigging a publicly exhibited contest.” The two men are the latest to be swept up in a long-running investigation of medication practices by equine veterinarians and trainers at the Grantville, Pa., […]

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Arabian Owner-Trainer Suspended Five Years For Refusing To Cooperate Over DNA Sample

The owner-trainer license of Mark Powell has been suspended five years by Delaware Park stewards for “refusing to cooperate with an official of the Delaware Thoroughbred Racing Commission and other racing officials” on Aug. 28, 2018. The Oct. 13 ruling also notes that Powell has been fined $2,500. The penalties stem from an attempt by […]

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Thistledown Stewards Suspend Pair Over Program Training, Hidden Ownership Scheme

On June 12, 2018, at JACK Thistledown Racino at North Randall, Ohio, Emily Szczepanski put in a successful $7,500 claim for a 5-year-old Hard Spun mare named If You Believe who had won seven of her 31 career starts. The claim was made in the name of Wendy Montoney, an individual with no previous starts, […]

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View From The Eighth Pole: Making The Public’s No. 1 Cause Our Cause

A survey entitled “Causes Americans Care About,” undertaken earlier this year by Ketchum, a global public relations firm, reveals the No. 1 cause among people in this country is animal welfare. Forty-one percent of those surveyed listed it as their top cause, followed by children’s education, hunger, disease research and disaster relief. It’s not just […]

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Penn National Trainer Rusty Albright Charged With Rigging Public Contest

Trainer George R. “Rusty” Albright is awaiting an Oct. 18 preliminary hearing in Magisterial District Court in Harrisburg, Pa., after being charged on one count of rigging a publicly exhibited contest in Pennsylvania – a first-degree misdemeanor. The charge against Albright, filed on Sept. 11, is the latest in a string of state and federal […]

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Florida HBPA Sues State Regulators, Calder Race Course Over Jai Alai Permit

The same bureaucrats in Tallahassee, Fla., who define a “horse race” as two equines ambling down a dirt path at a snail’s pace have been sued by the Florida Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association for giving Calder Race Course a summer jai alai permit that will allow the Churchill Downs Inc.-owned track to stiff Thoroughbred […]

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Lawsuit Alleges Fired American Horse Council Employee Stole $588,061

A former director of communications for the American Horse Council has been named in a federal lawsuit for allegedly stealing $588,061.84 from the organization over a more than four-year period through an elaborate scheme involving electronic money transfers, falsified bank and payroll documents and an unauthorized loan. The matter is also under investigation by the […]

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View From The Eighth Pole: Ingrid Mason Suspension Latest Example Of A Broken System

Here we go again. Trainer Ingrid Mason has been suspended for one year and fined $2,500 by stewards at Arlington Park after Nuclear Option, winner of the first race on Aug. 23, tested positive for d-methamphetamine and amphetamine. Mason was suspended without having the benefit of a confirmatory split sample or being notified of the […]

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