Joe Drape

Blood-Horse, New York Times Receive Early Nominations to 2014 Bergstein Award

Team Valor International will offer the Stan Bergstein Writing Award again in 2014 and has already nominated two stories for its panel of judges to consider. The award carrying a $25,000 prize is open to any story published in North America between November 2, 2013 and November 1, 2014 about horse racing. Frank Angst of […]

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Investigative Reporting a Positive Force for Change in Racing Industry

The following was presented by Ray Paulick at the 40th annual Global Symposium on Racing & Gaming in Tucson, Ariz., during a panel entitled “Muckraking Journalism as a Positive Force – the Second Annual Presentation of the Stan Bergstein Writing Award.” Anyone who’s watched 60 Minutes over the years understands the power of investigative reporting. If […]

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Drape: Trainer Organizations Deny Doping Problem

After assurances to Congress from the head of the National Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association that lawmakers are attempting to “address a problem that does not exist” with federal legislation to regulate medication, the horse racing industry went through a turbulent 24 hours following a hearing of a House of Representatives panel on Thursday. Shortly […]

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Drape: ‘Trainers Aren’t Helping as Drugs Damage Sport’

The two biggest days in horse racing are set for Friday and Saturday as the Breeders’ Cup World Thoroughbred Championships are run at Santa Anita. The two-day event comes during a season that has seen popular wins – by Orb, Oxbow, and Palace Malice- in the Triple Crown races, in addition to strong increases in […]

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Drape on Saratoga: ‘The People Are as Big a Draw as the Horses’

Many years ago, sports columnist Red Smith was asked, “How does one get to Saratoga Springs?” Smith responded, “From New York City you drive north for about 175 miles, turn left on Union Avenue and go back 100 years.” As Saratoga celebrates its 150th anniversary, the New York Times’ Joe Drape writes that a great […]

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Drape: No Shame in Animal Kingdom’s Defeat at Ascot

Animal Kingdom came and saw Royal Ascot, but he did not conquer it. “Not that there was any shame in that,” writes the New York Times’ Joe Drape, who is in England for the venerable race course’s 302nd meeting.  Sure, there was disappointment on the faces of the connections, including Team Valor’s Barry Irwin and […]

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NY Times takes critical look at veterinarians

Part 3 of the New York Times critical series on medication in horse racing focuses on the role of the veterinarian and what the article calls a collision between economics and the veterinary oath. The veterinarians have “a powerful financial incentive to prescribe drugs,” the articles says. “They are both doctor and drugstore, and so […]

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Drape: ‘Shadows and Victories’ follow Dutrow

During his controversial career, trainer Richard Dutrow Jr. has won 1,765 races and his horses have earned over $85 million in purses. As Joe Drape writes in the New York Times, “Every horse he sends out is pointed to the only destination that matters: the winner’s circle.” Last October, the New York Racing and Wagering […]

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Shapiro letter to NY Times: O’Neill portrayal ‘wrong and misguided’

The following letter was sent to New York Times writer Joe Drape regarding Wednesday’s controversial story about Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner I’ll Have Another’s “history of ailments” prior to his scratch from the Belmont Stakes.  The letter was written by Richard Shapiro, former chairman of the California Horse Racing Board. Dear Mr. Drape: First, […]

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