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California-Based Trainer John Martin Suspended After Alzheimer’s Drug Positives

The stewards at Golden Gate Fields in Albany, Calif., issued a ruling suspending owner/trainer John Martin for one year – with half of that suspension stayed provided he commits no other serious medication violations during his one-year probation – after three horses in his care tested positive for a prohibited drug substance. The stewards also […]

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View From The Eighth Pole: California Governor’s Actions Tell Different Story Than His Words

Racing in California faces an uncertain future, based on stinging comments about the sport made by Gov. Gavin Newsom to the New York Times this week.  Newsom, a Democrat elected in a landslide last November, expressed his unhappiness with the spike in fatalities at Santa Anita earlier this year along with the regulatory oversight provided […]

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CHRB Finalizes 2020 Schedule For Southern California Racing Dates

The California Horse Racing Board conducted its regular meeting Thursday, September 19, at Los Alamito Racecourse. Vice Chair Madeline Auerbach presided. Commissioners Alex Solis, Fred Maas, Dennis Alfieri, Gregory Ferraro, DVM, Oscar Gonzalez and Wendy Mitchell also were in attendance. The audio of this entire Board meeting is available on the CHRB Website (www.chrb.ca.gov) under […]

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‘The System Is Broken’: Hayward Believes No One Wants ‘To Catch The Cheaters’

Former NYRA president Charles Hayward has always considered the California Horse Racing Board one of the best state regulatory agencies in the Thoroughbred industry. This winter’s issues at Santa Anita Park and the CHRB’s closed-door handling of the Justify scopolamine positive have further convinced him that the need for national oversight has become more vital […]

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New York Times: Justify Tested Positive For Scopolamine After Santa Anita Derby; CHRB Dismissed Case

The New York Times reported Sept. 11 that 2018 Triple Crown winner Justify tested positive for scopolamine after his victory in the Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby in early April 2018. According to documents reviewed by Times writer Joe Drape, the California Horse Racing Board subsequently voted to dismiss the case during a closed-door executive […]

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Human Side Of California’s Horse Racing Crisis: ‘No Es Solamente Un Deporte’

I attended the California Horse Racing Board meeting in Del Mar this past Thursday.  As is usual now, there were demonstrations pro and con before the meeting, and public comments on both sides during the meeting. As I walked to my car afterwards, with the TV trucks and crowds long gone, I saw a small group […]

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CHRB Approves 2020 Race Dates For Santa Anita, Del Mar; Los Alamitos TBD

The California Horse Racing Board conducted its regular meeting Thursday, August 22, at the Del Mar Hilton. Chairman Chuck Winner presided. Vice Chair Madeline Auerbach and Commissioners Dennis Alfieri, Dr. Gregory Ferraro, Fred Maas, and Alex Solis also were in attendance. The audio of this entire Board meeting is available on the CHRB Website (www.chrb.ca.gov) […]

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Gorajec: A Way Forward On Regulators And Possible Conflicts Of Interest

Horse racing consultant Joe Gorajec writes in his InsideRacingRegs blog that he was “bewildered, befuddled, baffled and bemused” over a recent issue in which California Horse Racing Board vice chair Madeline Auerbach sold a share of a horse to an executive of The Stronach Group, which owns two California racetracks that the CHRB regulates. Gorajec, […]

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CHRB Initiates Regulatory Process To Require Lasix Restrictions

The California Horse Racing Board conducted its regular meeting Thursday, July 18, at the Del Mar Hilton Hotel. Chairman Chuck Winner presided. Vice Chair Madeline Auerbach and Commissioners Dennis Alfieri, Dr. Gregory Ferraro, Fred Maas, Araceli Ruano, and Alex Solis also were in attendance. The audio of this entire Board meeting is available on the […]

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Ed Martin On RCI: ‘We Strive To Do What Is Right, By The Horse, By The Public, By The Sport’

Editor’s note: The following was submitted by Ed Martin, president and CEO of the Association of Racing Commissioners International (RCI), in response to a commentary by former regulator Joe Gorajec concerning a decision made last month by the California Horse Racing Board (CHRB) to withdraw its membership in the RCI. I think it helpful to […]

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