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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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Aintree, British Horseracing Authority To Review Three Deaths At Cheltenham Festival

Up for Review became the first horse to suffer a fatal injury in the Grand National since 2012 this weekend, while Tiger Roll went on to win the race for a second year in a row. According to bbc.com, both Aintree officials and the British Horseracing Authority will conduct a review of the Grand National death, […]

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British Racing To Resume In ‘Risk-Managed’ Setting On Wednesday

On Monday night, the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) announced a risk-managed return to racing will take place from Wednesday this week. Racing in Britain had been canceled for the past six days as a result of an equine influenza outbreak. After consultation with its veterinary committee, and based on the latest tests conducted by the Animal Health […]

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British Racing Cancelled Until Next Wednesday; Stables On Lockdown With Equine Flu Scare

The British Horseracing Authority has confirmed three cases of equine influenza, triggering the cancellation of all racing in Britain for the next several days and the shutdown of training yards across the country. According to the Racing Post, trainer Donald McCain said his stable was the source of the outbreak. More than 100 trainers have […]

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Confirmed Equine Flu In Vaccinated Horses Cause For Concern In Britain

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has cancelled racing in Britain on Thursday, February 7, because of equine influenza. The decision is supported by BHA’s industry veterinary committee; the concern stems from the presence of confirmed Equine Influenza in three horses that had been vaccinated for the disease. The horses confirmed with the disease had raced […]

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Hair Club For Horses? Men’s Regrowth Shampoo Leads To Positive Drug Test In England

Two horses trained in the United Kingdom by Suzi Best have been disqualified by the British Horseracing Authority after post-race samples detected minoxidil, a vasodilator that is also an ingredient in a hair regrowth product sold in the United Kingdom under the brand name Regaine (Rogaine in the United States). The two runners, Outrath and […]

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Lights Off: Mid-Race Power Outage Forces Cancellations At Chelmsford

In the middle of Tuesday’s third race at Chelmsford, a power outage literally caused the track’s floodlights to fail. The British Horseracing Authority relayed on Twitter that the race judge was interviewed; he said he could not verify the race finish due to insufficient light. Stewards could not see the race’s final two furlongs, so […]

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Does Hurdle And Fence Color Affect Horse And Rider Safety?  

New research from the University of Exeter indicates that horses may see white and yellow more clearly than the color orange. Strips of orange are currently used on hurdles and fences on British racecourses to help the human eye process the location of the obstacle, but the new study indicates changing the colors of the […]

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British Trainers Ordered To Halt Use of Regumate After Tests Reveal Trace Amounts Of Anabolic Steroid Trendione

The British Horseracing Authority has ordered trainers there to stop using altrenogest (commonly known by its brand name of Regumate) and remove it from their yards after testing uncovered trace amounts of an anabolic steroid. According to Racing Post, British authorities became concerned about reports out of Australia suggesting some altrenogest products there could be […]

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Veterinarian Pushes Back Against BHA Accusations He Passed On Inside Information

Dr. Tim Brennan, veterinarian to top Irish trainer Willie Mullins, has been accused by the British Horseracing Authority of passing on inside information to his brother Michael for the purposes of wagering. The BHA’s claims, according to The Guardian, involve the 2016 running of Cheltenham’s Champion Hurdle, in which 2015 winner Faugheen was set to […]

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