Joe Gorajec

Gorajec: What Horseracing Can Learn From ‘Groundhog Day’

In his latest opinion piece in Thoroughbred Racing Commentary, longtime racing regulator Joe Gorajec compares horse racing’s effort to adopt national rules to the Bill Murray character in the movie “Groundhog Day.” Specifically looking at out-of-competition testing, Gorajec writes that in December 2016 the Association of Racing Commissioners International passed model rules recommended by the […]

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Gorajec: Racing World Should Pay Attention To Pennsylvania Lawsuit

Racing jurisdictions around the globe should watch closely the proceedings of a lawsuit filed recently in Pennsylvania, writes Joe Gorajec, former executive director of the Indiana Horse Racing Commission. At Thoroughbred Racing Commentary, Gorajec looks at the federal suit against Thomas Chuckas, Thoroughbred bureau director of the Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission. The plaintiffs are four owners […]

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Gorajec Urges Caution On Stacking Racing Commissions With ‘Experienced’ Members

Joe Gorajec, the former executive director of the Indiana Horse Racing Commission, sounds off at Thoroughbred Racing Commentary in opposition to legislation in West Virginia that would expand the current horse racing commission from three to five members but also require each commissioner “by reason of previous training and experience” to be “capable and experienced […]

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Gorajec On 2017 Regulation: IRS Rules A Positive, Pennsylvania A Disaster

At Thoroughbred Racing Commentary, the former executive director of the Indiana Racing Commission, Joe Gorajec, lays out the “the good, the bad and the ugly” of horse racing regulation from the past year. Among the positive developments, according to Gorajec, are changes in IRS withholding rules that deserve a “standing ovation” from horseplayers around the […]

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Gorajec: ‘Day Of Reckoning’ On Horizon For New York’s Drug Testing Program

Former longtime racing regulator Joe Gorajec, writing for Thoroughbred Racing Commentary, discusses the drug testing protocol of the New York State Gaming Commission, and the implementation of its new split sample program, which began at the start of Aqueduct’s fall meet. Gorajec questions the timing of the new protocol, asking “why now?”, when it’s a procedure […]

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Gorajec: Will It Be The End For Racing If Pennsylvania Doesn’t ‘Clean Up Its Act’?

In his latest column for Thoroughbred Racing Commentary, Joe Gorajec discusses the racing industry in Pennsylvania, which has been riddled with corruption for years. In his article, Gorajec ponders what will happen if the industry “doesn’t clean up its act”? What could the possible punishment(s) be…or, should racing be shutdown altogether? Read more at Thoroughbred Racing Commentary

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Gorajec: Horse Racing Integrity Act Would Promote ‘Excellence And Independence’

In his latest column for Thoroughbred Racing Commentary, Joe Gorajec gives an overview of the Horse Racing Integrity Act, a Federal bill which would “empower the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) to be put in charge of a not-for-profit anti-doping authority to manage a such a program for horse racing. In his column, Gorajec provides an overview […]

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Gorajec: Skeptical Whether Racing Will Implement Out-Of-Competition Testing After A ‘Decade Of Neglect’

Former longtime racing regulator Joe Gorajec, writing for Thoroughbred Racing Commentary, discusses his reasons for remaining skeptical regarding out-of-competition testing, and whether or not it will actually be implemented in the sport. Gorajec points out that the Association of Racing Commissioners International, which adopted the model rules for out-of-competition testing at its board meeting in December […]

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Gorajec: Trainer’s Testing History Initiative Would Provide ‘Assurance’ Of Regulation

Former longtime racing regulator Joe Gorajec, writing in the Thoroughbred Racing Commentary, has proposed a new initiative that should help to improve the public perception of the horse racing industry, calling it the “Trainer’s Testing History Initiative.” He suggests that racing commissions publish a monthly list of the trainers whose horses have been tested out of […]

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Gorajec: Industry Continues ‘Shooting Itself In The Foot’ Regarding Integrity

Trainer Jamie Ness recently began serving a 100-day suspension for multiple medication violations incurred in Florida from 2012 through 2014. During that time period, Ness accumulated 12 positive tests for Clenbuterol, a Class 3 medication violation. His suspension began Feb. 19, and will end May 29. In his latest column for Thoroughbred Racing Commentary, Joe Gorajec writes that […]

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