claiming horses

Pennsylvania Changes Two Claiming Rules, Shortens ‘Jail’ Time On Claim Price

A recent rule change going into effect at Parx, Penn National, and Presque Isle Downs will lighten one of of Pennsylvania’s claiming “jail” rules, shortening the amount of a time a trainer is restricted to running the horse at a higher claim price. Previously, if a trainer claimed a horse for $10,000 and wanted to […]

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NYRA Announces ‘Under 20s Claiming Challenge’ For 2018 Belmont Meet

The New York Racing Association has announced an “Under 20s Claiming Challenge” for modest-sized stables to compete for cash prizes during the upcoming 2018 Belmont spring/summer meet. The Under 20s Claiming Challenge is open to all trainers stabled at NYRA facilities with 20 or fewer horses in their care nationwide at the start of the […]

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District Court Rules Indiana Claiming Jail Rule Unconstitutional

Owner Jerry Jamgotchian won a victory in his battle against “claiming jail” rules with a ruling earlier this week by U.S. District Court Judge William T. Lawrence finding Indiana’s rule unconstitutional. Claiming jail rules place restrictions on newly-claimed horses, preventing them from running out of state or different in-state tracks for a set period — […]

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Eight Years After Its Creation, Equine Injury Database Shows Improvement In U.S. Racing

The Equine Injury Database recently released data from 2016, showing the lowest fatality rate per 1,000 starts for American racehorses since the Database began keeping records in 2009. The fatality rate for 2016 was 1.54 per 1,000 starts and includes horses that died within 72 hours after a race. That figure is based on data […]

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Sparks Fly At CHRB Meeting To Discuss New Veterinary Recordkeeping Measures

As many had predicted, discussion at a meeting of the California Horse Racing Board’s Medication and Track Safety Committee on March 16 got heated as trainers and regulators locked horns over proposed new measures guiding veterinary record-keeping in the state. The meeting was held to discuss four potential new rules requiring trainers to keep an […]

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California Officials Examine Transparency, Ethical Veterinary Treatment

A meeting of the California Horse Racing Board’s Medication and Track Safety Committee Wednesday is sure to get the blood pumping for some horsemen and veterinarians in the state. On the agenda are four action items which have the potential to increase transparency and accountability on the state’s racetracks. The first item up for discussion […]

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Trainer Umarov Found Talent In $5,000 Claim; Looks To Spare Third In Clark

A simple change in riding instructions made all the difference for Looks To Spare in Friday’s Clark Handicap (GI) after the Illinois-bred son of Pollard’s Vision finished a close third as the longest shot in the field at 88-1 odds. Trainer Otabek Umarov, a native of Tashkent, Uzbekistan, told jockey Victor Lebron to lay closer […]

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New York To End Mandatory Testing Of Claimed Horses

New York is the only state which mandates blood and urine testing for claimed horses, but not for much longer.  Each test currently costs the commission around $150, so the projected annual savings are just over $250,000, according to the Blood-Horse. The state will still allow for this testing of claimed horses, but it will […]

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Sound of Silence: Horsemen Voice Concern Over Equine Medical Records Transfer

When a trainer puts in a successful claim on a horse, they can summon the animal’s pedigree, race history, and recorded workouts with a few taps of the iPhone—but one record that doesn’t come up, even when the horse moves into the barn, is its medical record. Legally, an animal’s medical history belongs to its […]

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Hovdey: ‘Claiming game put under the microscope’

Medication reform is certainly a ‘hot button’ issue in the sport of horse racing. Several articles, discussions, and opinions can be found regarding it, almost everywhere you look. Just a few years ago, however, the issue of medication reform, or there being ‘too much’ medication in racing was a topic that really wasn’t broached-it sort […]

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