Racing Officials Accreditation Program Extends Continuing Education Deadlines

Due to the extenuating circumstances created by COVID-19 and the uncertainties of moving forward with educational programming, the Racing Officials Accreditation Program (ROAP) announced Friday that it has extended the dates for completion of required continuing education (CE) hours by one year for all accredited racing officials, stewards, and judges. Those who have already completed […]

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Churchill: Trio Of Joe Sharp-Trained Winners Disqualified For Levamisole

Eight of trainer Joe Sharp’s runners have already been disqualified in the state of Louisiana for Levamisole, a de-worming agent, and now an additional three winners from the last week of November at Churchill Downs have been disqualified. According to the Daily Racing Form, each of the three horses’ owners waived their right to split sample […]

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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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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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