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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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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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CHRB To Form Five-Member Review Panels For Los Alamitos, Del Mar Meets

The California Horse Racing Board (CHRB) has announced that five-member review panels, similar to the one established during the last two weekends at Santa Anita, will be in place for the upcoming Los Alamitos Summer Thoroughbred Meet June 29-July 14 and the Del Mar Summer Meet July 17-September 2. “Los Alamitos and Del Mar have […]

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Gorajec: RCI Kicked To The Curb By California Horse Racing Board; Who’s Next?

I listened to last Thursday’s audio broadcast of the California Horse Racing Board (CHRB) meeting as it withdrew, by unanimous vote, as a member of the Association of Racing Commissioners International (RCI). I was an active member of the RCI for 25 years when I was the executive director of the Indiana Horse Racing Commission […]

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California Legislature Unanimously Votes To Give CHRB Broader Authority To Suspend Racing

The California legislature on Monday unanimously passed Senate Bill 469, giving the California Horse Racing Board sweeping authority to immediately suspend racing over safety and welfare concerns for horses and jockeys. Introduced by Sen. Bill Dodd, the measure gives the CHRB authority to change, limit, restrict or reallocate racing dates that had previously been assigned. […]

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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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