Novak: Rarely a dull moment for the stewards

At the New York Times, turf writer Claire Novak profiles Ted Hill, a steward on the New York Racing Association circuit.  Among other things, Hill talks about the policy enacted last year requiring any stewards’ decision that affects the order of finish to be explained on the NYRA website: “Hill said he approved of the […]

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Dutrow filly placed on stewards list after four races in 12 days

Indian Tale, a 3-year-old filly by Tale of the Cat who ran four times at Saratoga over a 12-day period and most recently was eased while finishing last in an Aug. 18 starter allowance on the turf, has been placed on the stewards list. The Rick Dutrow-trained filly will not be eligible to race in […]

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Prairie Meadows: Stewards revoke trainer’s license

Stewards at Prairie Meadows have issued a ruling revoking the license of trainer Joseph Louis Nealon after one of his horses was eased and vanned off last month at the Iowa track.  According to the Blood-Horse, in that incident, Boty’s Banana was sent off at 76-1 in a field of seven and was described by […]

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HRI – Christine: California announcer Stauffer to become steward

Horse Racing Insider Bill Christine writes that longtime Hollywood Park track announcer Vic Stauffer will have something else on his plate this summer – he has signed on to be a steward at the Sonoma County Fair meet, otherwise known as Santa Rosa. “I’ve had just about every job around the track, from entry clerk […]

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Hear No Evil, See No Evil

By Ray Paulick I’m not sure what size shoe he wears, but John Veitch must have a big mouth, because he just keeps sticking his foot in it. Veitch, the chief steward for the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, told Thoroughbred Times yesterday no action would be taken against jockey John Velazquez or Todd Pletcher […]

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Breeders’ Cup Must Conduct Independent Review of Life At Ten Incident

By Ray Paulick If John Veitch, the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission’s chief steward, is involved in the investigation looking into the Life at Ten incident on Breeders’ Cup Friday, then neither the KHRC nor the Breeders’ Cup is taking what happened very seriously. Veitch is a man of integrity, and I consider him a […]

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Stewards Hold Hearing Regarding Friday’s Jockey Altercation

Kentucky State Steward John Veitch said a hearing was conducted Saturday morning to look into yesterday’s incident between Calvin Borel and Javier Castellano after the Breeders’ Cup Marathon.  Also present for the hearing was Martin Garcia, who was involved in the on-track interference that prompted Borel to attack Castellano after the race. “We have […]

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By Ray Paulick Jenny Craig’s Candy Ride colt Twirling Candy wired the Del Mar Derby field as the 1-5 favorite to run his record to 4-for-4 for trainer John Sadler, but this victory was not without incident. Early in the run down the backstretch, Twirling Candy ducked out sharply under Joel Rosario, causing Summer […]

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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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