Joe Gorajec

Gorajec: RCI’s Scare Tactics On Lasix Ban Disingenuous, Ill-Informed And Just Plain Shameful

I was incredulous. I couldn’t believe what I was reading. The Association of Racing Commissioners International (RCI) had just issued a press release warning its member commissions that any attempt to ban the administration of race-day Lasix could lead to the inhumane practices of administering formaldehyde as a Lasix substitute and have horses denied feed […]

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Commentary: The Performance-Enhancing Effects Of Lasix

The Kentucky Derby is just a few days away. In a typical year the focus leading up to the race would be on analyzing contenders, making selections (plural, because of all those exotic wagers), and planning your Derby festivities. There is nothing typical about 2019. The public outrage regarding the 23 equine fatalities during the […]

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Gorajec’s Plea For Whip Reform: Horse Racing’s Warts Have Been Exposed

Whip reform in horse racing is inevitable, former racing regulator Joe Gorajec writes in his InsideRacingRegs blog published at the The Jockey Club and Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association’s Horse Racing Reform website. Citing the recent proposal by The Stronach Group (TSG) to limit use of the riding crop at its California tracks for safety […]

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Gorajec: ARCI Gets A Mulligan On Previous Failure To Phase Out Race-Day Lasix

On March 28, 2011, eight years ago today, former racing regulator Joe Gorajec reminds us in his InsideRacingRegs blog, the Association of Racing Commissioners International dropped a “bombshell” on the horse racing industry by calling for a five-year phaseout of race-day use of the anti-bleeder medication furosemide, or Lasix. InsideRacingRegs is published by Horse Racing […]

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Gorajec: Minnesota Racing Commission Has Some Explaining To Do

Trainer Judd Becker recently received a 90-day suspension after Bushrod tested positive for cardarine following a victory in the $100,000 Mystic Lake Turf Express Stakes Aug. 25 at Canterbury Park in Minnesota. Writing in his InsideRacing Regs blog, former longtime regulator Joe Gorajec wonders why the trainer got such a light penalty for what he […]

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Gorajec: Pennsylvania Procedures ‘Unusual, If Not Unprecedented’

Longtime regulator Joe Gorajec concluded a three-part blog series on drug testing in Pennsylvania Thursday, alleging after a series of right-to-know law requests that regulation of racing in the state is unlike most others he has become familiar with in his 25 years in the sport. Gorajec explained that in most places, a positive drug […]

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Gorajec Unearths Six More Corticosteroid Tests In Pennsylvania; No Fines Or Suspensions Issued

In his second installment in a blog series for Horse Racing Reform, longtime horse racing regulator Joe Gorajec writes his records search in Pennsylvania has revealed six more cases of positive corticosteroid tests which never resulted in sanctions. Earlier this year, Gorajec highlighted an incident from 2017 in which a harness horse tested for a […]

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Gorajec: Horseplayers Deserve To Know When Claims Are Voided

Joe Gorajec, writing in his InsideRacingRegs blog, recently called on all state racing regulators to adopt rules voiding the claim of horses in claiming races if they suffered fatal injuries or were placed on the vet’s list immediately after competing. To date, Gorajec writes, nine states have adopted such rules. In his latest post, the […]

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Gorajec: Voided Claim Rule Should Become Standard Practice In Every State

Nine states have adopted rules voiding the claims of horses that either suffered fatal injuries or were placed on the vet’s list immediately after their claiming races, writes former Indiana Horse Racing Commission executive director Joe Gorajec in his latest InsideRacingRegs blog entitled “The Voided Claim Rule: Some Regulators Deserve Your Thanks.” “The voided claim […]

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Commentary: Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission Has Chance At Redemption

On the eve of its monthly meeting in Harrisburg, Pa., the Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission is at a crossroads, writes Joe Gorajec in his RacingRegs blog at horseracingreform.com, because of what he called a “mess of its own making” in how a number of positive drug tests have been handled by regulators. “One road leads […]

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