California Horse Racing Board

‘We’re First’: California Horse Racing On Track To Have ‘Most Restrictive Whip Rule In North America’

The California Horse Racing Board on Thursday adopted North America’s most restrictive rules concerning use of the riding crop during racing and training, limiting jockeys to no more than six strikes during a race and no more than two in succession without giving their mount a chance to respond. Currently, jockeys riding in California can […]

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Jockeys’ Guild: ‘Catastrophic Consequences’ Could Result From ‘Safety Only’ Riding Crop Use

As the organization representing jockeys throughout the United States, the safety of both our equine and human athlete are paramount and of the upmost importance.  Furthermore, it must be recognized that the Jockeys’ Guild and our members are adamantly opposed to any animal abuse and any person who does so should be fully punished for […]

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View From The Eighth Pole: Making Jockeys Part Of The Solution

Javier Castellano was mad. Not fighting with Calvin Borel mad, but the Hall of Fame jockey was mad enough as he recalled a story from a few years ago that bothers him to this day. Castellano had been sitting quietly while a panel of jockeys and racetrack executives exchanged ideas about how the two groups […]

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CHRB’s New Chairman: Expect Further Reforms In Medication Policy

“The days of permissive medication are over.” So began the tenure of Dr. Gregory Ferraro, a former racetrack veterinarian and past director of the University of California-Davis veterinary teaching hospital, as chairman of the California Horse Racing Board. Ferraro, appointed to the regulatory board earlier this year by Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom, was unanimously elected […]

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‘Abundance Of Caution’: Del Mar Cancels Nov. 21 Card Due To Rain Projections

Due to projections of rain from Tuesday through Thursday of next week in San Diego, Del Mar Thoroughbred Club (DMTC) announced today that its Thursday, November 21 race card has been cancelled. This action was due to “an abundance of caution,” said DMTC officials as the inclement weather likely will result in a muddy main […]

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Auerbach: Santa Anita Needs To Close Until Synthetic Track Can Be Installed

In a frank interview with Thoroughbred Daily News writer Daniel Ross, former California Horse Racing Board (CHRB) vice chair Madeline Auerbach said she thinks racing should have been suspended after the Breeders’ Cup. “In my view, the day after Breeders’ Cup, I think they should’ve shut it down, announced that they were going to put […]

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Thoroughbred Owner And Breeder Madeline Auerbach Leaving California Horse Racing Board

Madeline Auerbach retired Monday from the California Horse Racing Board after serving nearly six years as a racing commissioner, the last three as vice chair. She was first appointed to the Board on Jan. 2, 2014, and then reappointed through Jan. 1, 2022. “During the decades I have been involved in the horse racing industry, […]

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View From The Eighth Pole: A Sport In The Crosshairs

Oct. 27, 1990, was the most somber day I’ve spent at a racetrack. That was when the New York Racing Association hosted the Breeders’ Cup at Belmont Park for the first time on a sunny but cold afternoon. Two horses perished in the day’s first championship race when Mr. Nickerson suffered an apparent heart attack […]

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Baedeker Confirms Retirement From California Horse Racing Board

Executive Director Rick Baedeker confirmed his retirement from the California Horse Racing Board to the LA Times on Sunday. The 70-year-old will retire before the spring, he said, and a posting for the executive director position at the CHRB has been posted on the California jobs board. “It’s time,” said Baedeker. He plans to travel […]

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CHRB: No Prohibited Substances Found In Breeders’ Cup Drug Tests

All samples collected from 2019 Breeders’ Cup horses have been cleared by the Kenneth L. Maddy Equine Analytical Chemistry Laboratory at the University of California, Davis, the California Horse Racing Board announced on the evening of Nov. 6. All horses competing in Breeders’ Cup races Nov. 1 and Nov. 2 at Santa Anita Park underwent […]

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