Stewards

When Official Results Aren’t Official: Delta Downs Judges Misread Photo Finish

There was a “Boo Boo” in the first race at Delta Downs last Saturday night and we’re not talking about Kerwin Clark, the 58-year-old jockey who’s been saddled with that nickname since childhood. Clark posed for pictures aboard New Orleans Spice, the No. 9 horse, with trainer James Ludwig and owner David Morales after the […]

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California Stewards’ Log: Trainer ‘Lost His Cool’ In Barn Area, Tried To Choke Jockey

On Monday, The California Horse Racing Board released the stewards’ rulings for the December race meeting at Los Alamitos reports latimes.com. The list of eight Thoroughbred rulings from that time period includes several unusual incidents. Trainer Edin Walther Solis was fined $500 for disorderly conduct on Dec. 16. Solis allegedly tried to choke jockey John […]

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The Friday Show: What Should Happen In Horse Racing This Year?

A new year is upon us, and with it comes a combination of new challenges and old ones for the business of Thoroughbred racing. In our first Friday Show of 2019, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick discuss five topics they’d like to see some progress on in the coming year. Watch the Friday Show below […]

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Giza Goddess Survives Inquiry To Win Blue Norther

A romping one mile turf maiden winner in her most recent start, Giza Goddess faced stiffer competition under similar conditions and responded with a gutty half length win while surviving a stewards’ inquiry to take Sunday’s $75,000 Blue Norther Stakes at Santa Anita. Ridden by Brice Blanc and trained by John Shirreffs, the 2-year-old daughter […]

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‘It Lends Integrity To Our Signal’: Turfway Park Stewards To Explain Disqualifications

What were the stewards thinking when they took that horse down? The folks upstairs at Turfway Park will tell you, BloodHorse reports. Starting with the current Holiday Meet and continuing into its 2019 Winter/Spring Meet, chief steward Barbara Borden will don a microphone and headset following a disqualification to elaborate on the reasons for the […]

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Australian Stewards Elect Not To Punish Trainers In Altrenogest Cases

Two Australian trainers had horses return positive tests for steroids in late 2017 and early 2018, but neither will be punished by Racing Victoria stewards, reports racenet.com.au. In these cases, it was determined that the use of altrenogest – a medication which keeps mares from going into season – caused “small but detectable positives to banned […]

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Del Mar Stewards: ‘You Don’t Take This Job To Make Friends’

Talk to the three stewards for the Del Mar fall racing season separately and some things they have in common become as glaringly obvious as the INQUIRY sign they light up when duty requires at the end of a race. They all were either born to Thoroughbred racing or drawn to it at a young […]

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‘No One Seems To Care’: British Owner Irate After Mistaken Scratch

The British Horseracing Authority is looking into an incident at Nottingham Wednesday that has left a sour taste in the mouth of one owner. Craig Buckingham tells the Racing Post he’s considering quitting the sport after what happened in the Sprint Final of the Grassroot Series. As the horses were being loaded into the gates, […]

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Desormeaux Officially Sanctioned For ‘Failure To Give His Best Effort’

Jockey Kent Desormeaux has officially been handed a three-day suspension by the Del Mar stewards, reports drf.com, regarding an incident in the fourth race on Aug. 25. Desormeaux was aboard Take A Leap, who was in second position for most of the stretch but got nailed on the wire to end up finishing third. A social […]

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Failure To Launch: Group 1 Winner Chautauqua Nearly Banned From Racing

Star sprinter Chautauqua has now stood in the starting gates and failed to leave the barrier with the rest of the field seven times, reports dailytelegraph.com.au, and was nearly banned from racing by Racing NSW stewards. In a barrier trial on Saturday, the gelding did leave the gates, but only did so seven or eight lengths […]

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