Stewards

Jockey Club, ROAP Announce International Stewards Education Programs

The Jockey Club and Racing Officials Accreditation Program (ROAP) announced the creation of two programs, administered by ROAP and funded in part by The Jockey Club, to educate stewards practicing in North America on international officiating standards. The purpose of the program is to provide an immersive experience with international stewards to cultivate and foster […]

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Deadline For Pete Pedersen Award For Stewards Extended To September 15

The Racing Officials Accreditation Program (ROAP) announced today that the deadline for the 2019 Pete Pedersen Awards has been extended to September 15, 2019. The Pete Pedersen Award is presented annually to stewards who have made important contributions to the Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing industries. The award is named in honor of the longtime […]

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Del Mar Names Veteran Team For Upcoming Summer Meet

Del Mar Thoroughbred Club will conduct its 80th summer racing season beginning Wednesday led by a seasoned collection of veteran racing officials. As they have for the past six years, Tom Robbins and David Jerkens will team up to run the show out of the seaside track’s racing department. Robbins, who hails from one of […]

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Durenberger To Take Over As Jockey Club Steward For NYRA

Dr. Jennifer Durenberger, who is currently the chief examining veterinarian for the New York Racing Association (NYRA), has been appointed as The Jockey Club steward at NYRA tracks. She will succeed Jim Edwards, who retired at the conclusion of Belmont’s spring/summer meet on July 7.  The appointment was announced by Stuart S. Janney III, the […]

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Racing Officials Can Help With Biosecurity, But Logistics Are Tricky

When a disease outbreak happens at a racetrack — as they do a few times a year — veterinarians, horsemen, and racing officials quickly become concerned about biosecurity protocols, the measures that can minimize the chances for disease to travel from one horse to another. One state veterinarian is hoping that, armed with a little […]

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Report: Saez Appealing Suspension, Requesting Stay

Luis Saez, who was hit with a 15-day suspension for his ride in the 2019 Kentucky Derby, has filed an appeal and requested a stay of the sentence, according to the Daily Racing Form’s Matt Hegarty. According to Hegarty, the appeal alleges the stewards did not conduct a thorough investigation of the incident in the […]

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Right Or Wrong? Derby DQ Leaves Unanswered Questions

Kentucky stewards made a controversial decision after the 145th running of the Kentucky Derby… Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. In context of how the rules of racing are written in Kentucky, the stewards made the only possible call in their disqualification of Maximum Security from first to 17th. But was it the […]

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Denied: Commission Rejects West’s Appeal Over ‘Arbitrary And Capricious’ Derby DQ

Owner/breeder Gary West filed an appeal with the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission on Monday, citing the “arbitrary and capricious” decision by Kentucky stewards to disqualify his horse after the 145th running of the Kentucky Derby, reports the Courier-Journal. The KHRC responded quickly to deny that appeal, based on its regulations stipulating that stewards’ findings on racing […]

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‘Oh Come On, Really’: Saez’ Deleted Tweet Takes Issue With Stewards’ Decision

A Tweet with an inflammatory comment from the Twitter account of Luis Saez, jockey aboard the disqualified Kentucky Derby first-place finisher Maximum Security, was briefly posted on Twitter after Saturday’s Run for the Roses. The Tweet pointed to the second race at Churchill Downs on May 1 as a similar incident to that which occurred […]

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Gary West Considers Federal Challenge To Kentucky Derby Disqualification

Gary West, the owner and breeder of Maximum Security, told the Daily Racing Form on Sunday that he was considering appealing the Kentucky stewards’ decision to disqualify his colt from first in the Kentucky Derby. However, the state’s administrative regulations explain that stewards’ decisions “shall be final and shall not be subject to appeal.” Since […]

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