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California Regulators Re-establish 48-Hour Rule On Certain Medications

The California Horse Racing Board conducted two separate meetings on Thursday, March 26, by teleconference. The public participated by dialing into the teleconference and/or listening through the audio webcast link on the CHRB website. Both meetings were chaired by Dr. Gregory Ferraro, joined for the first meeting by Vice Chair Oscar Gonzales and Commissioners Dennis […]

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Teamsters Representative Castellanos Appointed To California Horse Racing Board

California Gov. Gavin Newsom has appointed Damascus Castellanos to the California Horse Racing Board, subject to approval of the state Senate. Castellanos, 53, a resident of Los Angeles, has been a business representative for Teamsters Local No. 495 since 2012. He was a business representative for Teamsters Local No. 630 from 2001 to 2012. Castellanos […]

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CHRB’s New Medication Cutoff Rule Catches California Horsemen By Surprise

New medication rules are going into effect in California tightening what already are the strictest drug regulations in North American horse racing. The California Horse Racing Board in January voted to approve and send out for public comment an amendment redefining cutoff time for many medications – including non-steroidal anti-inflammatories – to midnight on the […]

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CHRB Releases Annual Report After ‘An Unprecedented, Challenging Year’

The California Horse Racing Board released it’s annual report on Monday, covering the fiscal year revenue of 2018-2019 and the California horse racing through the calendar year of 2019. “It was an unprecedented, challenging year for California horse racing and, perhaps, for all of horse racing,” wrote CHRB chair Dr. Gregory Ferraro.  Though the number […]

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‘We’re First’: California Horse Racing On Track To Have ‘Most Restrictive Whip Rule In North America’

The California Horse Racing Board on Thursday adopted North America’s most restrictive rules concerning use of the riding crop during racing and training, limiting jockeys to no more than six strikes during a race and no more than two in succession without giving their mount a chance to respond. Under the new rule, all strikes […]

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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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Thoroughbred Owner And Breeder Madeline Auerbach Leaving California Horse Racing Board

Madeline Auerbach retired Monday from the California Horse Racing Board after serving nearly six years as a racing commissioner, the last three as vice chair. She was first appointed to the Board on Jan. 2, 2014, and then reappointed through Jan. 1, 2022. “During the decades I have been involved in the horse racing industry, […]

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View From The Eighth Pole: A Sport In The Crosshairs

Oct. 27, 1990, was the most somber day I’ve spent at a racetrack. That was when the New York Racing Association hosted the Breeders’ Cup at Belmont Park for the first time on a sunny but cold afternoon. Two horses perished in the day’s first championship race when Mr. Nickerson suffered an apparent heart attack […]

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CHRB Initiates Regulatory Process To Require Lasix Restrictions

The California Horse Racing Board conducted its regular meeting Thursday, July 18, at the Del Mar Hilton Hotel. Chairman Chuck Winner presided. Vice Chair Madeline Auerbach and Commissioners Dennis Alfieri, Dr. Gregory Ferraro, Fred Maas, Araceli Ruano, and Alex Solis also were in attendance. The audio of this entire Board meeting is available on the […]

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