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Ed Martin On RCI: ‘We Strive To Do What Is Right, By The Horse, By The Public, By The Sport’

Editor’s note: The following was submitted by Ed Martin, president and CEO of the Association of Racing Commissioners International (RCI), in response to a commentary by former regulator Joe Gorajec concerning a decision made last month by the California Horse Racing Board (CHRB) to withdraw its membership in the RCI. I think it helpful to […]

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Del Mar Hosting Inaugural American Youth Racing Experience

Del Mar Thoroughbred Club in Del Mar, Calif., has announced it will serve as the host for the inaugural American Youth Racing Experience (AYRE) this summer, a unique opportunity for young men and women to see and take part in the Thoroughbred game in “up close and personal” fashion. The event will unfold in the […]

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Jerry Nicodemus, Quarter Horse Riding Legend, Dead At 73

Jerry “Nic” Nicodemus, considered one of Quarter Horse racing’s greatest jockeys of all time, died Wednesday at his residence in Ruidoso, N.M. He was 73 years old. “He was a great friend to so many people within the racing industry and we are all shocked and saddened by his passing,” Ruidoso Downs President and General […]

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With Suspension Behind Him, Heath Taylor Resumes Career With Gratitude, Patience

It’s been a long and arduous seven years, but on Monday, Jan. 28, trainer Heath Taylor, was restored to good standing by the Louisiana State Racing Commission. His ordeal began in May 2012, when Taylor was cited for a drug violation at Delta Downs.  The drug, Dermorphin, also known as frog juice because it originally […]

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RMTC Prepares Online Halter Auction To Benefit Tactical Research

Beginning November 23 and ending November 30, the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC), an industry 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, will auction off halters of famous broodmares, racing and stallion stars on its eBay page. All proceeds from the auction will go toward the RMTC’s grant program to fund critical tactical research into the detection and identification of […]

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Ruidoso Downs Bans All American Futurity-Winning Trainer

James Padgett II saddled the winner of last year’s All American Futurity – Quarter horse racing’s richest and most famous event held on Labor Day at Ruidoso Downs – but the American Quarter Horse Association’s leading trainer by money won in 2017 has been told he will not be allowed to participate at the New […]

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Savannah Robin Named Internship Coordinator For UK Ag Equine

Savannah Robin, an alumna of the University of Kentucky’s College of Agriculture, Food and Environment and one the very first interns within UK Ag Equine Programs’ office more than 10 years ago, has been named its new equine science and management internship coordinator. She will begin June 11. In this role, Robin will administer internships for […]

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AQHA Champion Trainer Kearl Suspended 19 Years; Stroud, Sanchez Also Sanctioned

Reigning champion American Quarter Horse Association trainer Judd Kearl has been suspended 19 years and fined $110,000 by stewards in Texas after five of his horses tested positive for the Class 1 drug nomifensine – a human antidepressant medication taken off the market in the 1980s. Two other trainers were sanctioned at the same time […]

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American Quarter Horse Association Statement: ‘AQHA Endorses Racing Integrity’

Recent industry headlines have chronicled stories about areas of concern in racing that still need to be addressed. The American Quarter Horse Association is committed to protecting the welfare of the American Quarter Horse on and off the racetrack. The Association has not joined in the barrage of media focused on these topics; instead, AQHA has been […]

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Quarter Horse Trainers Kearl, Sanchez, Stroud Issued Summary Suspensions In Texas

Texas Racing Commission stewards have issued immediate summary suspensions for three Quarter horse trainers – Judd Kearl, Jose Sanchez and Brian Stroud – who on July 21 were notified of alleged positive tests for the Class 1 drug nomifensine, an anti-depressant drug that was taken off the market in the U.S. 25 years ago because […]

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