charles hayward

Hayward: Passage Of Horseracing Integrity Act Critical For Industry’s Future

Veteran horse racing executive Charles Hayward says “nothing could be more important to the future of the sport” than passage of the Horseracing Integrity Act by the United States Congress. Writing in his View From the Rail column at, Hayward said he is encouraged by the fact that a majority of the 435-member House […]

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‘The System Is Broken’: Hayward Believes No One Wants ‘To Catch The Cheaters’

Former NYRA president Charles Hayward has always considered the California Horse Racing Board one of the best state regulatory agencies in the Thoroughbred industry. This winter’s issues at Santa Anita Park and the CHRB’s closed-door handling of the Justify scopolamine positive have further convinced him that the need for national oversight has become more vital […]

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‘Bring Rick Back’? Years Later, Dutrow’s Ban Still Divides

One sunny afternoon last August, patrons approaching the front gates of Saratoga Race Course were met with a series of protestors waving signs with red lettering demanding: “BRING RICK BACK.” “Who’s Rick? What’d he do? Did Rick get fired?” Men with rolling coolers and women holding folding chairs traded theories while waiting for the light […]

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In The Hot Seat: Succession Plans Seldom In Play For CEO Job At NYRA

Being the head of the New York Racing Association is a lot like managing a Major League Baseball team: you seldom leave on your own terms. Chris Kay’s sudden departure on Wednesday marks the latest exit by a NYRA executive that didn’t feature a gold watch retirement ceremony. If published reports are accurate that Kay […]

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Does A Four-Month Triple Crown-Winning Campaign ‘Justify’ An Eclipse Award?

Justify became the 13th winner of Thoroughbred horse racing’s Triple Crown this year, beginning and ending his career in the span of four short months for trainer Bob Baffert. The 3-year-old son of Scat Daddy has since been retired to stud having developed a filling in one leg. Charles Hayward opined at that winning the […]

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Hayward: Stewards’ Response To Belmont Controversy An ‘Absolute Outrage’

At Thoroughbred Racing Commentary, former NYRA president and CEO Charles Hayward weighs in on the questionable tactics employed by jockeys in the 150th running of the Belmont Stakes. Hayward first notes that last year, New York stewards chose to prevent owner Ron Paolucci from entering a “rabbit” in the Woodward Stakes at Saratoga, with steward Stephen […]

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Post Time Coordination Could Boost U.S. Annual Handle By $400 Million

A McKinsey & Company study commissioned by The Jockey Club revealed that as much as $400 million in annual handle is missed out on due to post time overlaps at different tracks across the United States. According to, a business plan to address these scheduling concerns would require three things: a master scheduler, a commitment […]

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Hayward: For Now, Horse Racing Integrity Act Should ‘Set Lasix Off To The Side’

Former NYRA president Charles Hayward says that the 2017 Horse Racing Integrity Act is “the most important development in the regulation of Thoroughbred racing for decades,” according to his latest feature at Despite those beliefs, Hayward is not confident that the bill can be passed as it is currently written. “The 2017 version of the […]

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Hayward Launches Thoroughbred Racing Advisory Service

Long-time industry and publishing executive Charles E. Hayward today announced the formation of Hayward Advisory Services, LLC, to assist racing companies grow their business through a strategic planning process and by introducing revenue and cost saving initiatives. “The thoroughbred racing industry is consistently slow to embrace change and ‘business as usual’ results in a business […]

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