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Steve May Named Executive Director Of Minnesota Racing Commission

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz has announced the appointment of Steve May of Georgetown, Ky., as the next executive director of the Minnesota Racing Commission. May will assume his new duties in late April, succeeding Tom DiPasquale, who retired in February after serving as director since 2013. May is the Director of Pari-Mutuel Wagering and Compliance […]

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Commentary: Indictments Show Horse Racing’s Existing Regulatory System Is Not Working

It came as no surprise and, in fact, it was expected that in the wake of the recent arrests by the FBI the long line of individuals and organizations entrenched in their defense of the status quo would come forward with the usual litany of nonsensical assertions and rationalizations. I work with several of these […]

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ARCI’s Martin: ‘Nobody Needed A Federal Bill’ To Secure Horse Racing Indictments

The indictments and arrests this week of trainers, veterinarians and others on charges of operating a massive, multi-state horse racing doping network deliberately designed to avert detection from racing, veterinary, and pharmacology regulatory agencies as well as federal authorities is not a negative for the racing industry, but testimony to the fact that the system […]

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Veteran Investigator, Delaware Commission Executive John Wayne Passes Suddenly

John Wayne was considered by many of his peers to be the “dean” of racing regulators in North America. He worked at 28 different racetracks over 15 years as an investigator with the Thoroughbred Racing Protective Bureau (TRPB), spent nearly a decade in management at Atlantic City Race Course in New Jersey and the last […]

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Joe Sharp Has Eight Horses Disqualified At Fair Grounds; Additional Cases Pending In Kentucky

Trainer Joe Sharp, who had eight horses disqualified at Fair Grounds in Louisiana because of positive tests for the Class 2 drug levamisole, said similar cases are pending from multiple horses from his barn who competed at the Churchill Downs fall meet in Kentucky. Daily Racing Form first reported that Sharp was fined $1,000 by […]

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ARCI: New York Lab Finds ‘Major Doping Threat’ In Pair Of Standardbred Horses

The New York Equine Drug Testing Programs Director Dr. George Maylin has confirmed the presence of a major doping threat to both human and equine sport in two standardbred horses racing at Yonkers Raceway.  The New York horse racing lab is believed to be the first laboratory, in either horse racing or the worldwide WADA […]

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View From the Eighth Pole: No Horse Racing Commission, No Transparency In Florida

It didn’t take long for trainer Victor Barboza Jr. to find the winner’s circle after being reinstated at Gulfstream Park by the Hallandale Beach, Fla., track’s owner, The Stronach Group, which reportedly handed the Venezuela native a six-month suspension in November for having unlabeled medication in his barn. Granpollo Stable’s Gran Greyfrost won a low-level […]

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No More Lip: TRPB Set For 2020 Digital Tattoo Mandate

With the introduction of a digital tattoo system now less than four months away, the Thoroughbred Racing Protective Bureau (TRPB) announced that it has conducted technician training in 25 states and five Canadian provinces, and that more than 900 Thoroughbreds have already received their digital tattoos. The new system is scheduled for full implementation by […]

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Former CHRB Chairman Defends Actions On Positive Test Dismissal; ARCI Advisory Contradicts Statement On Potential Penalty

Chuck Winner, the former chairman of the California Horse Racing Board, issued the following statement concerning the CHRB’s decision to dismiss possible sanctions resulting from a positive test for scopolamine, detected in a post-race sample from the April 7, 2018, Santa Anita Derby of eventual Triple Crown winner Justify. As reported in the New York […]

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