Regulatory Issues

In Defense Of Horse Racing: Facing The Question Of Ethics

A spike in racehorse fatalities at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., earlier this year led to the publication of numerous articles criticizing the horse racing industry fundamentally for being unethically destructive of horses. This sort of press endangers the future of horse racing. For horse racing to survive, it has to face its ethical […]

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LIFE AT TEN: Kentucky Stewards to Take No Action

By Ray Paulick John Veitch, chief steward for the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, told Thoroughbred Times that stewards plan to take no action against jockey John Velazquez or trainer Todd Pletcher in the matter of Life At Ten, who was eased in Friday’s Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic after both Velazquez and Pletcher admitted during a […]

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California Senate confirms Brackpool, Rosenberg, Israel, Derek

The California Horse Racing Board distributed the following press release Friday, announcing the state Senate confirmation of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s appointment of Keith Brackpool and Richard Rosenberg to the CHRB and the reappointment of David Israel and Bo Derek. There had been speculation–unfounded as it turned out–that the Senate might not act on the governor’s appointments […]

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STATEMENTS FROM BOB ELLISON AND NICK NICHOLSON

The following press release from the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, along with statements from Keeneland president Nick Nicholson and Turfway president Robert Elliston, were distributed after regulations were approved to allow Instant Racing wagers at Kentucky racetracks.   Kentucky Horse Racing Commission approves proposed regulations to allow ‘Instant Racing’ wagers at tracks […]

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BASSETT: WE SHOULD THINK BROADER AND NATIONALLY

It has been a longtime battle in our industry; how the sport of Thoroughbred racing should be regulated. To many, it is clear that localized regulation that has no jurisdiction across state lines is a problem that will not correct itself. Count former Breeders’ Cup and Keeneland president Ted Bassett as one of them. […]

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FEDERAL LAWMAKERS TO CONSIDER A CAP ON BREEDING

Senator Mary Landrieu, D-LA, is considering a bill that among other things would address medication, horse retirement and includes limits on breeding. While no official bill has been drafted, Peggy Hendershot of the NTRA has sought input into the potential legislation and confirmed the breeding limitations component. Do you believe this is the sort […]

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ARIZONA RACING FROM INTEGRITY?

By Ray Paulick It’s a common belief that the court system gives a racetrack owner private property rights to exclude anyone it chooses from its premises. That doesn’t seem to be the case, however, particularly when the individual being excluded holds a state license to practice his profession on racetrack grounds. Just last […]

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GILL’S GANG OF MISFITS

By Ray Paulick It was no dream team that Michael Gill assembled to run his racing operation in Pennsylvania over the past year, at both his farm in Oxford, Pa., and at Penn National race course near the state capital of Harrisburg. In fact, the cast of felons and rule breakers working for Gill has […]

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STEVENS: CHRB CASE AGAINST ROSARIO A ‘JOKE’

By Ray PaulickA budding superstar jockey from the Dominican Republic is under investigation by the California Horse Racing for allegedly not putting forth his best effort in a race at Del Mar in September, and a retired Hall of Fame rider is outraged at the charges. Joel Rosario, a 24-year-old jockey who won riding […]

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FUROR OVER FERMIN

By Ray PaulickThe California Horse Racing Board has created a potential mess by appointing its former executive director, Ingrid Fermin, as one of three individuals on the board of stewards during the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club meeting that began on Wednesday. Fermin’s tenure as head of the state agency, which lasted three years, ended in […]

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