CHRB To Investigate Desormeaux’s Del Mar Ride For Lack Of Perseverance

Jockey Kent Desormeaux rode Take a Leap in the fourth race at Del Mar on Saturday, and was caught near the wire to finish third. Stewards called a hearing on Sunday morning with Desormeaux, regarding allegations that he did not persevere with his mount all the way to the wire, but eventually decided to pass […]

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Jockey’s License Revoked After Strangely-Run Race At Assiniboia Downs

The $27,500 Winnipeg Stakes, which was held as the first race at Assiniboia Downs on July 25, drew a number of complaints about the way it was run, according to Barry Arnason holds an ownership interest in three of the four horses in the field, across two different partnerships; two of those were put under […]

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View From The Eighth Pole: Horseplayers Deserve Better From Stewards And Regulators

My phone started blowing up Sunday afternoon, shortly after the fourth race at Gulfstream Park was run. There were calls, emails, text messages and Twitter comments imploring me to watch jockey Tony Maragh on a horse named Musical Heart. The 3-year-old gelding by Maclean’s Music, owned by Joseph Bucci and trained by Aubrey Maragh, finished […]

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Gate Errors? Spa Race Contested At Wrong Distance

The fifth race on Wednesday at Saratoga was written as a 1 1/16-mile contest over the turf course, but reports that video replays confirm that the starting gate was not in the right place, and horses actually ran 1 1/8 miles. Original fractions on the race were extremely slow and initiated the concern: :29.69, :53.50, […]

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California Stewards To Trade Places During Del Mar Meet

Del Mar will have a new steward in the booth for the first time in three years this summer, reports John Herbuveaux, from Golden Gate Fields, will replace Scott Chaney, while Chaney will take a position at the Sonoma County Fair. California Horse Racing Board officials declared that they would implement a rotation of stewards in Southern […]

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Hayward: Stewards’ Response To Belmont Controversy An ‘Absolute Outrage’

At Thoroughbred Racing Commentary, former NYRA president and CEO Charles Hayward weighs in on the questionable tactics employed by jockeys in the 150th running of the Belmont Stakes. Hayward first notes that last year, New York stewards chose to prevent owner Ron Paolucci from entering a “rabbit” in the Woodward Stakes at Saratoga, with steward Stephen […]

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Report: Stewards Meet With Geroux On Belmont Ride, But Nature Of Conversation Still Unknown

The Daily Racing Form reported Thursday that New York stewards met with jockey Florent Geroux to discuss his ride in this year’s Belmont Stakes, but further details about that conversation have not been released. Stewards referred questions from the Form to the New York State Gaming Commission, which did not return requests for comment. Geroux came under […]

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Commentary: A Fateful Decision One Night In Oklahoma?

On June 2, Special Candy High flew out of the gate at Remington Park to take the lead in the $1,024,840 Heritage Place Futurity, a Grade 1 event at 350 yards. It was the undefeated 2-year-old Quarter Horse’s third career start for trainer Clinton Crawford, and it would prove to be his last. Shortly after […]

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CHRB: Reducing Stewards’ Subjectivity, Investigating Late Odds Changes

The California Horse Racing Board conducted its regular meeting Thursday, May 24, at Santa Anita Park. Chairman Chuck Winner presided. Vice Chair Madeline Auerbach and Commissioners Fred Maas and Alex Solis also were in attendance. The audio of this entire Board meeting is available on the CHRB Website ( under the Webcast link. In brief: The same […]

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