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New York To Uphold Velazquez’ Whip Use Suspension From Royal Ascot

On Wednesday at Royal Ascot, Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez was suspended nine days by the British Horseracing Authority for “using his whip above the permitted level and in an incorrect place from approximately 1 ½ furlongs out.” According to drf.com, Velazquez’ suspension will be upheld by the New York State Gaming Commission, beginning on […]

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CHRB Approves Medication Restrictions At Golden Gate, Sonoma, Humboldt

The California Horse Racing Board conducted its regular meeting Thursday, June 20, at the Alameda County Fairgrounds. Chairman Chuck Winner presided. Vice Chair Madeline Auerbach and Commissioners Dennis Alfieri and Fred Maas also were in attendance. The audio of this entire Board meeting is available on the CHRB Website (www.chrb.ca.gov) under the Webcast link. In […]

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Arizona Downs Announces Suspension Of Summer Racing Season

Arizona Downs has informed employees and horsemen that the racetrack’s summer season is being suspended due to ongoing issues in the battle for fair and equal access to out-of-state racing signals for its Off Track Betting system. Pending additional financing, the final live race days for the 2019 summer meet are Saturday and Sunday. “OTBs […]

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Romans-Trained Rare Form Takes Churchill Racing Club Back To Winner’s Circle

The Churchill Downs Racing Club, in partnership with Frank Jones Jr., made their triumphant return to Churchill Downs’ Woodford Reserve Winner’s Circle on Thursday with the Dale Romans-trained Rare Form, who scored a 1 ¼-length victory under Robby Albarado in a $97,000 first-level allowance event. “It’s so thrilling to see so many happy people involved […]

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Del Mar Offers ‘Baby Bonus’ For Smaller Trainers Entering Juveniles In Maiden Special Weight Dirt Races

Del Mar will present a unique “baby bonus” to horsemen who run 2-year-olds in open maiden special weight races this summer at the seaside track, offering a 25% boost to purse winnings on top of their regular payouts. There are two provisos that go with the arrangement: The races can be run short or long, […]

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Backstretch Workers Say The Media Focuses On Horses’ Deaths, Not The People Who Care For Them

If animal rights activists succeed in their goal to shut down Santa Anita Park in the wake of a rash of equine fatalities, what will happen to the backstretch workers who live there? That’s the question dozens of horsemen want the public to begin thinking about, according to a press conference held at Clocker’s Corner […]

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Feinstein: It’s Time To Take A Hard Look At Horse Racing And Opportunities For Reform

There’s no question that horse racing is a spectacle. There are few moments as breathtaking as 20 1,000-pound thoroughbreds surging through the homestretch of Churchill Downs at nearly 40 miles an hour. But at what cost? Each year, hundreds of horses die while racing and training. This is the only sport in our country where […]

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California Commissioners Unanimously Vote To Withdraw From RCI

At a Thursday meeting of the California Horse Racing Board, commissioners unanimously approved a measure to withdraw from the Association of Racing Commissioners International (ARCI), citing differing philosophies, among other issues. The possibility of withdrawal had come up after commissioners say a change in the RCI’s structure awarded board positions based on number of wagering […]

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Golden Gate Fields Winter/Spring Meet Sees 7.4% Increase In Handle

Golden Gate Fields saw another strong increase in all sources handle at its 2018-19 Winter/Spring Meet, which concluded on Sunday, June 9. The 94-day meeting, which began on Dec. 26, was highlighted by a successful edition of the inaugural Gold Rush Weekend in April, and track management and horsemen look forward to continued positive trends […]

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Velazquez Handed Suspension By Royal Ascot Stewards For Whip Use

Jockey John Velazquez, who finished second in the Group 2 Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot Wednesday aboard Kimari, has been handed a nine-day suspension by stewards there for his ride. Stewards stated the suspension was for “using his whip above the permitted level and in an incorrect place,” according to the Daily Racing Form’s […]

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