California Horse Racing Board

Knapp Fined By CHRB Stewards For Bute Positive; Horse Suffered Fatal Injury Two Starts Later

Trainer Steve Knapp has been fined $1,500 by California Horse Racing Board stewards for a phenylbutazone positive in the horse Emtech following a second-place finish in an Aug. 25 starter allowance race at Del Mar. Emtech, claimed by Knapp and owner Steven Zolotas for $25,000 in his previous outing at Del Mar Aug. 8, suffered […]

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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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The Friday Show Presented By The MATCH Series: California Conflicts?

The U.S. horse racing industry is dealing with yet another controversy this year after the New York Times story about 2018 Triple Crown winner Justify’s positive drug test following the Santa Anita Derby. In this edition of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick discuss the details of the situation, answer questions people likely […]

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Former CHRB Chairman Defends Actions On Positive Test Dismissal; ARCI Advisory Contradicts Statement On Potential Penalty

Chuck Winner, the former chairman of the California Horse Racing Board, issued the following statement concerning the CHRB’s decision to dismiss possible sanctions resulting from a positive test for scopolamine, detected in a post-race sample from the April 7, 2018, Santa Anita Derby of eventual Triple Crown winner Justify. As reported in the New York […]

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Newsom Appoints Pair To California Horse Racing Board, Including Union-Backed Official

California Gov. Gavin Newsom made two appointments to the California Horse Racing Board on Tuesday, Sept. 10: Oscar Gonzales, 51, of Davis; and Wendy Mitchell, 48, of Los Angeles. Gonzales has been vice president of government and community relations at Aura Financial Corporation since 2017. He was a consultant for the Cal State Los Angeles […]

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Left Behind The Gate: Ferndale Meet Ends With ‘Bizarre’ Start To Final Race

The eighth race Sunday at Ferndale was supposed to include a field of six running in the 1 5/8-mile Humboldt County Marathon. But only four ended up breaking from the starting gate after the stalls were opened with one horse still behind the gate and another being held by an assistant starter. Video of the […]

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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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