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Louisiana horsemen express concern over emergency medication rules

Representatives for the Louisiana Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association plan to meet with a state senate committee Friday and argue that the Louisiana State Racing Commission acted improperly when it passed an emergency rule concerning permitted medication for graded stakes. The rule was passed to comply with a drug protocol from the American Graded Stakes […]

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Keeneland presents American Graded Stakes Standings: Distance Limitations

It’s a little bit of a chicken and egg question. What came first: A breed of horses better suited to winning over sprint distances, or an increasingly bigger group of Thoroughbreds entering the breeding shed after winning Grade 1 sprint races? Speed has always been important to the Thoroughbred breed, but the ideal horse was […]

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2012 Graded Stakes: Four new Grade 1’s, nine fewer graded stakes

The American Graded Stakes Committee unveiled its listing of 2012 U.S. graded stakes Thursday, and once again, there is a small reduction in the number of races granted such status.  The committee assigned graded status to 465 races for 2012, nine fewer than 2011. As we noted at this time last year – when the […]

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Listed stakes to undergo new review procedure

The North American International Catalogue Standards Committee (NAICSC) today announced that all Listed stakes races in the United States and Canada will undergo further review of their Listed status annually by the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association’s American Graded Stakes Committee (AGSC) and the Canadian Graded Stakes Committee (CGSC), respectively, beginning in 2012. Currently, North […]

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Beyer: Too late to turn back on race day meds

Washington Post turf writer Andrew Beyer weighs in on the race day medication issue by looking back on how Lasix was perceived in the 1970’s and 80’s before it was legalized by all racing jurisdictions: “In the 1970s and 1980s bettors were obsessed with Lasix because they constantly had to guess what would happen when […]

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Keeneland presents American Graded Stakes Standings: Thinking Long-Term on Medication

Horsemen from around the U.S. that I’ve talked with in recent months are almost universally opposed to the growing movement to ban the raceday use of any medication in horses, particularly the anti-bleeder drug Lasix. Trainers are very concerned a Lasix ban will lead to fewer starts per horse, cost an owner more to treat […]

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Fugue for Tinhorns: Piecemeal approach on Salix won’t work

At his Fugue for Tinhorns blog, Glenn Craven weighs in on Wednesday’s announcement that two-year-old graded stakes races in 2012 will be run without race day medication.  While he’s not convinced that Salix is detrimental to the breed, he also supports the idea of racing without it.  But he says eliminating race day meds just […]

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American Graded Stakes Committee: No Race Day Meds for Two-Year-Old Stakes in 2012

The American Graded Stakes Committee will begin a pilot program next year that bans race day medication for two-year-old graded stakes races, the Blood-Horse reported Wednesday. “There have been questions in many quarters about the integrity of the breed when so many of our horses race on medication,” Dr. J. David Richardson, chairman of the […]

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Willmott elected chairman of TOBA board

Press Release The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association announced today the election of Peter Willmott as chairman of its Board of Trustees.  Mr. Willmott succeeds Reynolds Bell, Jr.  Also joining Willmott on the Board of Trustees to serve three-year terms as new members are Clifford Barry, Antony Beck, Michael McMahon, Charlotte Weber and Jack Wolf. […]

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