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UPDATED: Transfers OK’d For Trey Wood Horses Entered In All American Futurity Trials

The New Mexico Racing Commission will permit horses from the barn of suspended Quarter Horse trainer S. Trey Wood to be transferred to other trainers, allowing the horses to run in the Aug. 16-17 trials for the All American Futurity at Ruidoso Downs. Wood already had 31 horses entered in the All American Futurity trials […]

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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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Attorney: Suspended Monmouth Trainer Victim Of Retaliation By Ex-Employee

The attorney for suspended trainer Aparna Battula is demanding a correction to a New Jersey Racing Commission stewards ruling to reflect the trainer’s contention that a cache of hypodermic needles, syringes and vials of injectables investigators found on premises she occupied at Monmouth Park was planted by a disgruntled former employee. The ruling, issued Aug. […]

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America’s Best Racing Announces Inaugural Fan Choice Awards

America’s Best Racing (ABR), a multimedia fan-development and awareness-building platform designed to increase the profile and visibility of North America’s best Thoroughbred racing events with a primary focus on the sport’s lifestyle and competition, announced the creation of the inaugural “America’s Best Racing Fan Choice Awards,” including a partnership with the Secretariat Vox Populi Award. […]

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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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Leading Quarter Horse Trainer S. Trey Wood Summarily Suspended

Leading Quarter Horse trainer S. Trey Wood has been summarily suspended by New Mexico Racing Commission stewards after one of his horses tested positive for the prohibited substance albuterol. The suspension was issued Aug. 9 after 31 horses from Wood’s barn had been entered in Aug. 16 -17 time trials at Ruidoso Downs for the […]

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Jockey Club, ROAP Announce International Stewards Education Programs

The Jockey Club and Racing Officials Accreditation Program (ROAP) announced the creation of two programs, administered by ROAP and funded in part by The Jockey Club, to educate stewards practicing in North America on international officiating standards. The purpose of the program is to provide an immersive experience with international stewards to cultivate and foster […]

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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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Monmouth Park Trainer Suspended After Discovery Of 30 Hypodermic Needles And Syringes, 80 Vials Of Injectables

Trainer Aparna D. Battula has been summarily suspended by stewards at Monmouth Park in New Jersey after she was determined to be in possession of 30 hypodermic needles and syringes and more than 80 vials of injectable substances. The ruling, issued on Friday by the New Jersey Racing Commission after an Aug. 3-4 hearing, said […]

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Santa Anita Won’t Schedule Races On Downhill Turf Course This Fall

Turf sprints at Santa Anita Park will be scheduled for five and 5 1/2 furlongs this fall, according to drf.com, rather than holding races over 6 1/2 furlongs on the downhill turf course. A special backstretch chute is being constructed for the 5 1/2-furlong races; Santa Anita has never before held turf sprints at this […]

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