Scott Palmer

New York Horsemen Express Concern Over Planned Closing Of Aqueduct For Winter Training

The New York Racing Association is defending a decision to end winter training at Aqueduct racetrack, effective Jan. 1, in the face of opposition from a group of horsemen who have signed a petition expressing concerns for safety during the afternoon races at the Ozone Park, N.Y., racetrack. The petition, addressed to Dr. Scott Palmer, […]

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New York To Allow Exemptions On Purse-Claiming Price Ratio

The New York Gaming Commission Monday okayed a new rule permitting racetracks to seek exemptions for certain races on the ratio of purses to claiming prices, according to a report by the Daily Racing Form. In New York, purses are not allowed to be more than double the claiming price. The rule was one of […]

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New York Trainers Receive 45-Day Extension On Continuing Education Requirement

According to, “a large number” of trainers in the state of New York have failed to comply with the state’s new continuing education requirement. In response, regulators have issued a 45-day extension, allowing trainers the ability to complete the four-hour course by Feb. 15. “Since this is the inaugural year of the continuing education program, […]

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Additional Equine Safety Policies To Be Implemented Immediately At Saratoga

In addition to the existing industry-leading equine health and safety policies and procedures already in place at New York State racetracks, the New York State Gaming Commission, The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) and the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (NYTHA) are implementing additional actions immediately at Saratoga Race Course, including increased regulatory veterinary […]

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Horse Racing Regulators’ Whack-A-Mole Challenge

Spent a few days at the 81st annual convention of the Association of Racing Commissioners International at Tampa, Fla. You’d think after 80 years they’d have this “regulating the horse and dog racing industries” thing figured out. Not necessarily so. But, as I learned in watching committee meetings and panel discussions of the RCI convention […]

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NYRA Releases Discussion on Safety and Integrity

In a special two-part video released today and available on, New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) president and CEO Chris Kay and two industry experts discuss the definitive steps being taken to enhance equine safety and ensure the integrity of racing in New York. Moderated by NYRA racing analyst and champion jockey Richard Migliore, […]

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Industry Reactions to ‘Disturbing’ PETA Video: Three States Launch Investigations

Following are responses from industry organizations contacted by the Paulick Report for comment in the wake of allegations of animal cruelty and other charges by the People for Ethical Treatment of Animals against Eclipse Award-winning trainer Steve Asmussen and his chief assistant, Scott Blasi. The allegations, originally detailed in the New York Times, followed a […]

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The Breeders’ Cup Forum: Racing medication and its ‘shades of gray’

What began as a conversation with veterinarian Scott Palmer at the Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit at Keeneland in October evolved over the next several months into the following article by the former president of the American Association of Equine Practitioners. Palmer, an internationally known equine surgeon and director of the New Jersey […]

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Task force formed to investigate Aqueduct breakdowns

The New York State Racing and Wagering Board today announced the selection of a team of nationally respected industry experts to investigate the circumstances that caused 20 equine fatalities at the Aqueduct Racetrack’s inner track meet between December 2011 and March 18, 2012. Last week, the Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo called on The […]

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