Joe Gorajec

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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ARCI President Martin: Integrity Issues In Horse Racing A ‘Red Herring’

Editor’s Note: The following is a response to a July 10 commentary by former Indiana Horse Racing Commission executive director Joe Gorajec addressing comments to the United States Congress made by Ed Martin, president of the Association of Racing Commissioners International  (ARCI), along with a series of alleged inconsistencies in regulatory oversight in Pennsylvania. Gorajec is […]

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Uniformity In Penalties And Drug Thresholds? RCI And Pennsylvania Regulators Have Some Explaining To Do

To: Ed Martin, president of the Association of Racing Commissioners International (RCI): I read with great interest your testimony before Congress last month in the hearing regarding the Horseracing Integrity Act of 2017. In your remarks, you defended our current system of medication regulation in the United States and stated there is “total uniformity in […]

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Pennsylvania Racing Commission Responds To Questions Of Cover-Ups, Conflicts Of Interest; Attorney Pincus Calls It ‘Hogwash’

The Pennsylvania State Horse Racing Commission has responded to a June 27 article, written by attorney Alan Pincus and published in the Paulick Report, entitled “Pennsylvania Harness Regulators: Questions Of Cover-Ups And Conflicts of Interest.”  The article raised questions about why the commission failed to pursue disciplinary action after two positive drug tests  were reported […]

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Pennsylvania Harness Regulators: Questions Of Cover-Ups And Conflicts Of Interest

I first went to work at a racetrack in 1965 as a teenager. I’ve always loved the game because it truly is the greatest game. People either understand this or they don’t. You meet some of the most interesting people at the racetrack and the horses are magnificent animals. But as colorful as racing is, […]

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