California Horse Racing Board

Thoroughbred Owners Of California Seeks Alternative Federal Legislation

Four years ago at the annual membership meeting of Thoroughbred Owners of California, then-president Joe Morris said the TOC’s board of directors was “100 percent against the federal government or USADA being involved” with oversight of Thoroughbred racing medication rules. Morris was referring to the Horseracing Integrity Act, federal legislation that would make the United […]

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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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William Morey Slapped With 45-Day Suspension For Prohibited Race-Day Treatments

Trainer William Morey has been suspended 45 days by California Horse Racing Board stewards who ruled that two horses in his stable at Santa Anita were illegally given race-day administration of a supplement called Blood Buffer. According to the June 29 ruling, the horses Tick Tock and Gate Speed were scratched from their March 29 […]

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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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California Governor Signs Bill Giving CHRB Broader Authority; Names Gregory Ferraro New Commissioner

In a move to improve horse safety and bring a greater level of transparency and accountability to race tracks, Gov. Gavin Newsom on Wednesday signed Senate Bill 469 by Senator Bill Dodd (D-Napa) and announced the appointment of seasoned veterinarian Gregory Ferraro to the California Horse Racing Board (CHRB). SB 469 would allow the CHRB […]

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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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Gorajec: Mandatory Injury Reporting Would Be A Game Changer For Horse Racing

“What more can be done to protect the horses?” That’s the question Joe Gorajec asks in his latest article at InsideRacingRegs, published by Horse Racing Reform, an industry initiative of The Jockey and Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association. The article is a follow-up to his reporting on the hearing in California of trainer Michael Pender, […]

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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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