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Commentary: Anabolic Steroids And Lasix – More Similarities Than You May Think

I believe that for many horsemen, administering performance-enhancing drugs to our horses — if they can get away with it — is based on the sad fact of trying to stay competitive at all cost. For those of you who have already begun to do a slow burn just reading this — stay with me. […]

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‘It Will Be The Best For Everybody’; Sale Companies Consider ‘One Scope’ Policy For Offerings

When a horse is popular on the sale grounds, he or she could undergo an endoscopic exam over 20 times by the veterinarians of potential buyers, meaning 20 separate instances of a camera going up the nasal passage to inspect the upper airway for defects. In a piece for Thoroughbred Daily News, Bill Finley looked […]

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Steffanus, Frakes Earn Media Eclipse Awards; Photography Award To Nancy Rokos

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA), Daily Racing Form and the National Turf Writers And Broadcasters (NTWAB) today announced the Media Eclipse Award winners in the Feature Commentary and News Enterprise Writing categories and the Photography category. Jason Frakes of the Louisville Courier-Journal won the Feature/Commentary award for “Gunnevera Trainer Kidnapped Twice, Now in Kentucky Derby,” about trainer Antonio Sano. Denise Steffanus, […]

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Finley: Franklin Circuit Court Decision Allows For ‘Common-Sense Judgements’

On Aug. 18, Franklin Circuit Court Judge Thomas Wingate overruled the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission on the suspension and fine of trainer Graham Motion for a methocarbamol overage in 2015. Judge Wingate declared that the absolute insurer rule is unconstitutional, and Bill Finley strongly agreed with the ruling in an op/ed for thoroughbreddailynews.com. Motion-trained filly Kitten’s […]

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Report: Vitali Can’t Run His Horses At Maryland Jockey Club Tracks

According to a published report, trainer Marcus Vitali will not be permitted to race horses at Laurel Park in Maryland after voluntarily relinquishing his occupational license in Florida, which allowed him to avoid sanctions after multiple medication violation complaints were filed against him by the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation’s Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering. […]

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Finley: ‘The Super High Five Can Be Fixed’

According to ESPN’s Bill Finley, it would be fairly simple for someone to “fix” the Super High Five Jackpot wager which has gained popularity recently. The wager, a low-cost challenge, asks bettors to choose the first five horses to cross the wire in a particular race, in the correct order. A correct ticket will pay […]

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Finley: ‘Valenzuela Has Every Right To Be Out There Riding’

Jockey Pat Valenzuela has had his fair share of issues off the track, with substance abuse problems and numerous suspensions. The 53-year-old rode his first race back after 22 months in Delta Downs’ $1 million Jackpot on Nov. 21, finishing eighth aboard Anthony Margotta Jr. trainee Memories of Winter. He has now ridden seven races total, […]

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Finley: Nyquist Ran A Faster Race Than Songbird

ESPN’s Bill Finley has done the math, and the math says that Nyquist completed his win in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile just a little bit faster than Songbird did in the Juvenile Fillies.  Hard to believe, given that the final time of the Juvenile was 1:43.79, while that of the Juvenile Fillies was 1:42.73. The […]

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ESPN: Will The Triple Crown Drought End Or Continue?

A pair of articles by ESPN writers Bill Finley and Amanda Duckworth offer opposing answers to the following question: will American Pharoah win the Belmont Stakes on Saturday, sweeping the Triple Crown for the first time in 37 years? Finley thinks he will. “American Pharoah is all set to end the drought, the frustration, the […]

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Finley: Lukas Tackles Delta Stakes With Breeders’ Cup Finishers

Three weeks ago, Take Charge Brandi and Mr. Z ran at the Breeders’ Cup, with Take Charge Brandi going wire-to-wire to win the Juvenile Fillies at 61-1 and Mr. Z finishing fifth in the Juvenile. Now, both are entered back in graded stakes at Delta Downs, where they are vying for big purses and possible […]

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