drugs in horse racing

The Friday Show Presented By Woodbine’s Twilight Racing Series: Questionable Motives?

In the wake of the 14-count guilty finding in the trial of trainer Murray Rojas, Penn National has permanently barred her and two others from the racetrack. Meanwhile, the national horsemen’s group, the HBPA, is defending its position of financially supporting Rojas and claiming efforts to “support clean racing.” In this edition of The Friday […]

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HBPA’s Hamelback: We ‘Support Clean Racing In Our Sport. Period.’

Eric Hamelback, CEO of the National HBPA authored the following response to a piece written by Ray Paulick Wednesday regarding the outcome of the federal trial of trainer Murray Rojas in Pennsylvania: The National Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association and Pennsylvania HBPA support clean racing in our sport. Period. Despite what Mr. Paulick writes on […]

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The Friday Show Presented By The 158th Queen’s Plate: Racing In The Courtroom?

A federal trial taking place in Harrisburg, Pa., could have wide-ranging implications, depending on the outcome. In this edition of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick discuss the trial of trainer Murray Rojas, who faces multiple counts related to illegally treating horses with therapeutic medications on race day. But she’s not the only […]

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Trainer Beattie At Rojas Trial: ‘Almost Everybody’ Illegally Treated Horses On Race Day

Stephanie Beattie threw fellow horsemen under the bus during her testimony for the prosecution Tuesday afternoon at the federal trial of Murray Rojas, a former rival for leading trainer honors at Penn National in Grantville, Pa. Beattie admitted she routinely had her horses illegally treated with therapeutic medications on race day by the same veterinarians […]

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View From The Eighth Pole: Murray Rojas Trial Casts Dark Shadow Over Racing

Horse racing lost 14 potential fans this past week in Pennsylvania. The 14 men and women are serving on the jury in the federal trial of Murray Rojas, the Penn National-based trainer charged on multiple counts of wire fraud, conspiracy and misbranding of drugs. When this case is over, I’m sure the racetrack is the […]

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The Friday Show: Back To Congress, Belmont Shrinking?

A pair of Congressmen reintroduced the Horseracing Integrity Act this week, a bill designed to implement uniform oversight of medication in horse racing. This is the second iteration of the bill, and there are two important changes to this version, which could impact its support and chance of passing. In this edition of The Friday […]

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Barr, Tonko To Reintroduce Updated Horseracing Integrity Act

Congressman Andy Barr (R-KY) and Congressman Paul Tonko (D-NY), the Co-Chairmen of the Congressional Horse Caucus, today introduced H.R. 2651, the Horseracing Integrity Act.  The legislation, an updated version of the Thoroughbred Horseracing Integrity Act of 2015, establishes an authority to create and implement a national uniform medication program with input from the horse industry. […]

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Florida Follies: Dozens Of Drug Positives Thrown Out Due To State Incompetence

How incompetent is the leadership at Florida’s Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering, the state government agency that regulates horse racing in the state? Let me count the ways: 1, 2, 3, 4 … 100, maybe more. That’s how many administrative complaints for medication violations in just over a year had to be tossed out because of […]

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New Drug Testing Protocols Making A Difference At Oaklawn Park?

Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark., rolls into its final week of live racing today, highlighted by the 44th annual Racing Festival of the South, a cluster of stakes races culminating with Saturday’s closing day Grade 1, $1-million Arkansas Derby, the $750,000 Oaklawn Park Handicap (G2) and the $400,000 Count Fleet Sprint Handicap (G3). Friday’s […]

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The Friday Show: New Drug Protocols, Derby Prep Upsetters?

Oaklawn Park is putting in place a slate of upgraded drug testing measures, including one that targets so-called “milkshaking” by trainers. In this week’s Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick give some context to the changes and also talk about recent comments by prominent equine surgeon Dr. Larry Bramlage regarding Lasix and medication oversight. Plus, […]

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