california medication reform

CHRB Moves To Limit Permitted Medications During Timed Workouts

The California Horse Racing Board conducted its regular meeting Wednesday, January 22, at the Department of Consumer Services in Sacramento. Chairman Gregory Ferraro presided. Vice Chairman Oscar Gonzales and Commissioners Dennis Alfieri and Wendy Mitchell also were in attendance. The audio of this entire Board meeting is available on the CHRB Website ( under the […]

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CHRB’s New Chairman: Expect Further Reforms In Medication Policy

“The days of permissive medication are over.” So began the tenure of Dr. Gregory Ferraro, a former racetrack veterinarian and past director of the University of California-Davis veterinary teaching hospital, as chairman of the California Horse Racing Board. Ferraro, appointed to the regulatory board earlier this year by Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom, was unanimously elected […]

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A Jockey/Veterinarian’s Open Letter to Dianne Feinstein: ‘I Only Ask That You Recognize The Progress Being Made’

Dear Honorable Senator Feinstein, Thank you for caring so much about our state and having a compassionate ear to listen to each individual need. I wanted to address some of your concerns over the horse racing industry. I am a veterinarian, as well as a jockey, a combination of pursuits that gives me a unique […]

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Aidan Butler To Head Stronach Group’s California Racing Operations

Continuing its push to reform and modernize horseracing, The Stronach Group has announced that Chief Strategy Officer Aidan Butler – a longtime technology, horseracing and gaming executive who spearheaded reforms at Santa Anita during its winter meet – will additionally serve as Acting Executive Director of California Racing Operations. “Aidan has played a critical role as we […]

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