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Gorajec: Open Letter To The Good People In Quarter Horse Racing Industry

Do you remember the 2012 TheNew York Times(NYT) exposé on horse racing titled, “BREAKDOWN, Death and disarray at America’s racetracks?” The lead photo accompanying the story was the dead carcass of a racehorse. The text beneath photo read as follows: “A 2-year-old quarter horse named Teller All Gone broke a front leg in a race on […]

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UPDATED: Transfers OK’d For Trey Wood Horses Entered In All American Futurity Trials

The New Mexico Racing Commission will permit horses from the barn of suspended Quarter Horse trainer S. Trey Wood to be transferred to other trainers, allowing the horses to run in the Aug. 16-17 trials for the All American Futurity at Ruidoso Downs. Wood already had 31 horses entered in the All American Futurity trials […]

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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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AQHA: Allred’s ‘Generosity’ Allows Rescheduling Of Distaff Challenge Championship

On November 17, during the running of the Bank of America Challenge Championships at Los Alamitos Race Course in California, there was a starting gate malfunction during the $100,000 AQHA Distaff Challenge Championship (G1). This event caused an unfair start for the field and, following the rules of racing, the race was declared a “no-contest.” […]

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RMTC Publishes Research On Ethylphenidate, Announces Funding For EPO, SARM Studies

The first of three Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) tactical research studies conducted over the last year was published on October 16. Tactical research studies focus on detecting, identifying and inhibiting the use of illicit substances. The study, “L-and D-threo Ethylphenidate Concentrations, Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics in Horses,” was funded with significant assistance from the […]

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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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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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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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Summary Suspensions Upheld In Texas Class 1 Drug Case; Vet Identified

Texas Racing Commission stewards have upheld summary suspensions of three Quarter horse trainers – including reigning AQHA champion trainer Judd Kearl – resulting from positive tests for the Class 1 drug nomifensine in May and June. A formal hearing was conducted on Wednesday, Sept. 6, to hear evidence, testimony and arguments related to the July […]

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