Joe Gorajec

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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Gorajec: A Way Forward On Regulators And Possible Conflicts Of Interest

Horse racing consultant Joe Gorajec writes in his InsideRacingRegs blog that he was “bewildered, befuddled, baffled and bemused” over a recent issue in which California Horse Racing Board vice chair Madeline Auerbach sold a share of a horse to an executive of The Stronach Group, which owns two California racetracks that the CHRB regulates. Gorajec, […]

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Commentary: Anabolic Steroids And Lasix – More Similarities Than You May Think

I believe that for many horsemen, administering performance-enhancing drugs to our horses — if they can get away with it — is based on the sad fact of trying to stay competitive at all cost. For those of you who have already begun to do a slow burn just reading this — stay with me. […]

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One Is The Loneliest Number Among Non-Lasix Winners Of Graded Stakes

A total of 211 American Graded Stakes races were run in the first six months of 2019, and just one horse, Fancy Dress Party in the G3 Beaumont Stakes at Keeneland, has won one of those events without the use of race-day Lasix, a diuretic that helps prevent or reduce exercise induced pulmonary hemorrhage, or […]

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Gorajec: RCI Medication Penalty Structure Needs Overhaul

In his latest blog post at horseracingreform.com, Joe Gorajec takes on the penalty structure from the Association Racing Commissioners International (RCI). Gorajec, the former executive director of the Indiana Horse Racing Commission, points out that common medication overages are placed in the RCI penalty classification C. Those “points” accrued by trainer violations are erased every […]

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Gorajec: RCI Kicked To The Curb By California Horse Racing Board; Who’s Next?

I listened to last Thursday’s audio broadcast of the California Horse Racing Board (CHRB) meeting as it withdrew, by unanimous vote, as a member of the Association of Racing Commissioners International (RCI). I was an active member of the RCI for 25 years when I was the executive director of the Indiana Horse Racing Commission […]

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