Joe Gorajec

Gorajec: New Jersey’s Official Testing Lab Admits Error, But Questions Remain

This is one of those instances where it’s better late than never. Recently, I wrote a piece about the unfairness of trainer Glenn Thompson’s ongoing disciplinary travails for Horse Racing Reform called, “New Jersey drug finding: Bad regulation and poor judgment equals injustice for Monmouth Park trainer.” In brief, a horse of Mr. Thompson’s that […]

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Gorajec: Expert Calls Into Question New Jersey Drug Positives

Dr. Richard Sams, widely recognized for his expertise in racing chemistry and toxicology, has called into question trainer Glenn Thompson’s 2019 positive tests for methocarbamo at Monmouth Park in New Jersey, calling the quantitative analysis at the state’s official laboratory “likely both inaccurate and imprecise” because the lab “did not use the standard techniques that […]

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Gorajec: Bad Rule, Poor Judgment Leads To Injustice For New Jersey Trainer

Former Indiana Racing Commission executive director Joe Gorajec says a New Jersey trainer fined and suspended for a drug positive in 2019 is a victim of injustice due to a bad rule and poor judgment by the state’s racing regulators. Writing in his InsideRacingRegs blog, Gorajec provides details on a case involving trainer Glenn Thompson, […]

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Gorajec: New California Equine Welfare And Safety Legislation Progressive But Flawed

We all knew we’d be seeing something like this soon. Well, now it’s here. I am referring to a state legislative effort in California to address last year’s public nightmare involving the catastrophic breakdowns at Santa Anita Park. Last week, California General Assembly member Ash Kalra introduced Assembly Bill 2177 titled, “Equine Welfare and Safety […]

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Gorajec On Horse Racing’s Inconvenient Truth: Public Views Whipping As Inhumane

Former horse racing regulator Joe Gorajec writes that the California Horse Racing Board’s adoption of North America’s most restrictive rules concerning use of the whip (or riding crop) will only prolong the view that the general public, specifically in California, views the sport as inhumane. Writing in his InsideRacingRegs blog, Gorajec – former longtime executive […]

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Gorajec: Justify Case Would Have Been Handled Differently In Different States

Former Indiana Horse Racing Commission executive director Joe Gorajec sounds off on the recent controversy surrounding the scopolamine positive test that was not called on Triple Crown winner Justify by the California Horse Racing Board following the 2018 Santa Anita Derby. Writing in his InsideRacingRegs blog on The Jockey Club and Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders […]

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Gorajec Calls HBPA ‘Public Letter’ On Lasix ‘Tone Deaf,’ Says Race-Day Ban Inevitable

Former Indiana horse racing regulator Joe Gorajec criticizes the National Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association as being “tone deaf” for its recent “PUBLIC LETTER on Stance to NOT Eliminate the Choice to Administer Lasix on Raceday” distributed recently to the media and published at Paulick Report. The NHBPA letter includes the statement research “proves” that, […]

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Gorajec: Open Letter To The Good People In Quarter Horse Racing Industry

Do you remember the 2012 TheNew York Times(NYT) exposé on horse racing titled, “BREAKDOWN, Death and disarray at America’s racetracks?” The lead photo accompanying the story was the dead carcass of a racehorse. The text beneath photo read as follows: “A 2-year-old quarter horse named Teller All Gone broke a front leg in a race on […]

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Gorajec: Some Quarter Horse Trainers Give New Meaning To ‘Take Their Best Shot’

Quarter Horses accounted for less than half of the races in New Mexico in 2017 but 80% of the positive drug tests, writes Joe Gorajec in his InsideRacingRegs blog at the HorseRacingReform.org website published by The Jockey Club and Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association. Gorajec based the statement on the latest annual report from the […]

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