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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 Arthur Scratches Thais From Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf

Peter Brant’s Thais has been scratched from Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf after being “placed on the vet’s list as unsound,” reports drf.com. The California Horse Racing Board’s equine medical director Dr. Rick Arthur made the recommendation to scratch the 5-year-old daughter of Rio De La Plata. Trained by Chad Brown, the multiple Grade […]

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Specter Of Santa Anita Looms As IFHA Conference Discusses Equine Welfare

Although the spike in fatal breakdowns at this spring’s Santa Anita meet were months ago and thousands of miles away, they were very much on the minds of attendees at the 53rd International Conference of Horseracing Authorities today in Paris. The afternoon of the conference was devoted entirely to equine welfare, with a series of […]

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Santa Anita Institutes Review Board To Examine Individual Entrants’ Medical, Performance Histories

Effective immediately, in response to Governor Gavin Newsom’s direction, the California Horse Racing Board (CHRB), working closely with The Stronach Group (TSG), owner of Santa Anita Park, will implement enhanced safety measures and reviews to further protect horses at Santa Anita.   Led by CHRB Equine Medical Director Dr. Rick Arthur, DVM, and Chief Steward […]

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California Board Leaves Dates At Santa Anita, Advances New Safety Rules

After much anticipation, the California Horse Racing Board decided not to reallocate race dates from Santa Anita Park at a board meeting Thursday afternoon. “My view is that racing since Santa Anita has reopened has been really good, there have been no accidents. Personally, I see no reason to move the race dates,” said CHRB […]

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Arthur To NPR: Racing’s Focus Has Become Economics More Than Horses

As the racing industry continues to struggle with an explanation for the recent spike in equine fatalities at Santa Anita Park, one veterinarian has a theory. National Public Radio reporter Tom Goldman checked in at the track during the spring meet’s biggest weekend of horse racing, which the facility was able to conduct with no […]

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RMTC Approves Over $250,000 For Studies On Detection Of EPO And Of Nerve-Blocking Agent

At its February 11 meeting at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale, Fla, the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) board approved the funding of two tactical research projects with a combined price tag in excess of $250,000, as a continuation of its ongoing focus on detecting and eliminating illicit substances in racing. First, the RMTC is […]

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Drug Testing Expert Stanley Departs University of California-Davis, To Start New Laboratory At University Of Kentucky

Dr. Scott Stanley, who directed the modernization of drug testing in California horse racing in this century, has accepted a position at the University of Kentucky. He will continue until early next year at the Kenneth L. Maddy Equine Analytical Chemistry Laboratory at the University of California in Davis. “This is a wonderful opportunity for […]

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Gorajec: Voided Claim Rule Should Become Standard Practice In Every State

Nine states have adopted rules voiding the claims of horses that either suffered fatal injuries or were placed on the vet’s list immediately after their claiming races, writes former Indiana Horse Racing Commission executive director Joe Gorajec in his latest InsideRacingRegs blog entitled “The Voided Claim Rule: Some Regulators Deserve Your Thanks.” “The voided claim […]

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Regulatory Vet Conferees Discuss Voided Claims, Gate Scratches, Vet’s Lists

An emphasis on applying best practices and achieving best outcomes marked Day 2 of the inaugural Regulatory/Official Veterinary Continuing Education conference (#RegVetCE), presented by the NTRA Safety & Integrity Alliance and the Racing Medication & Testing Consortium (RMTC), Tuesday at Keeneland in Lexington, Ky. The morning was highlighted by a spirited and far-reaching discussion on […]

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