Stewards

Commentary: ‘Uncalled For’ Jockeys’ Actions At Gulfstream ‘A Bad Look’ For Racing

Saturday’s final race at Gulfstream Park caused a bit of social media uproar, based on the actions of jockey Irad Ortiz, Jr. in the H. Allen Jerkens Stakes. The elder Ortiz brother, riding Carom, appeared to box in along the rail Paco Lopez on Shazier near the quarter pole, enabling his younger brother, Jose Ortiz, […]

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Hamelback, Lamb Among Electees To Racing Officials Accreditation Program Board

The Racing Officials Accreditation Program’s (ROAP) board of directors elected its 2020-2021 officers during its December 17 board meeting. Frank Lamb, a ROAP-accredited steward, was elected ROAP chairman; Eric Hamelback, CEO of the National Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association, was elected ROAP vice chairman; Wendy Davis, director at the University of Arizona and previously ROAP […]

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Illinois Seeks Chief State Steward For Fairmount Park

The Illinois Racing Board announced this week it has begun a search for a chief state steward to be based at Fairmount Park in Collinsville, Ill. The position is a six-month seasonal position running from March to September 2020. The IRB is seeking candidates with college degrees, ideally in racetrack management or business, current accreditation […]

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Brook Hawkins Appointed NYRA Steward

The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) today announced the appointment of longtime racing official Brook Hawkins to the role of NYRA Steward. Hawkins will begin his duties on November 1, opening day of the fall meet at Aqueduct Racetrack. Hawkins has nearly 30 years of varied experience in the business as a steward, racing […]

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Hettel Returning To Oaklawn As Arkansas State Steward

The Arkansas Racing Commission has appointed longtime racetrack executive and steward Bernie Hettel to the position of state steward for the 2020 Oaklawn live season, which runs Friday, Jan. 24 – Saturday, May 2.  “We are thrilled to have Bernie Hettel as the state steward of Arkansas,” Arkansas Racing Commission Chairman Alex Lieblong said. “He […]

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Santa Anita Announces Stewards, Other Racing Officials For Fall Meet

Led by its three-member Board of Stewards, Santa Anita Park has announced a full complement of racing officials for its upcoming 23-day Autumn Meet, which begins Friday, Sept. 27. The meeting will include a record 10th running of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Santa Anita on Nov. 1 & 2. Returning from earlier this year […]

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Lost And Found Presented By Horseware: Jockey, Trainer, And Steward Boland Has Left The Track Behind

After reinventing himself many times, Bill Boland now lives as a typical retiree with golf always on his schedule. Seven decades before his current incarnation, Boland won the 1950 Kentucky Derby aboard Middleground as a 16-year-old apprentice. That triumph and so many others earned him induction into the Hall of Fame in 2006. Other segments […]

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Thoroughbred Idea Foundation Urges Greater Transparency In Stewarding

The Thoroughbred Idea Foundation released a new white paper which outlines issues relative to stewarding, their reporting on incidents related to racing and the lack of transparency which accompanies such incidents, particularly in light of the oversights apparent in the process of demoting Maximum Security in the 2019 Kentucky Derby. “Make no mistake, the stewards […]

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Hong Kong Steward Urges U.S. To Adopt Widely Accepted Disqualification Rules

It’s often true that major change in horse racing is reactive more than proactive, that one watershed event prompts change that heretofore seemed less necessary. Some in American horse racing are left wondering whether this year’s Kentucky Derby will be that moment for stewarding in U.S. races. That was certainly the message from the International […]

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‘Bright Future’: Half-Brother To Millionaire Disco Partner Wins Second Out

Patricia Generazio’s Fly Fly Away, a half-brother to multiple graded-stakes winner Disco Partner, graduated at second asking on Saturday at Saratoga. Sent to post as the mutuel favorite in the 5 1/2-furlong turf sprint, the Christophe Clement trainee settled in fourth position, just off the pace of Love Me Tomorrow and Shandian through a half-mile […]

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