drugs in horse racing

The Friday Show Presented By Woodbine Racetrack: New ‘Detection’ Methods?

A trainer in Oklahoma whose horse tested positive for Ritalin is no longer under suspension pending the case against her because she offered to take a polygraph and the stewards agreed and had a lie detector test administered to her. In this edition of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick discuss the issues […]

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The Friday Show Presented By The Woodbine Jackpot $1.4M Carryover: Where’s The Hammer?

It’s been a wild ride lately for the seedier side of horse racing. A video that surfaced on the Internet revealed talk of “juice” and bookies. A serial violator of medication rules had his suspension reduced. And some connections trying to hide syringes had the book thrown at them. Where is the consistency in enforcement? […]

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Iowa: Quarter Horse Trainers, Vet Suspended After Barn Security Finding

Stewards at Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino in Iowa have summarily suspended a Quarter Horse trainer, assistant trainer and a veterinarian after the assistant was seen by security hiding syringes in the barn area. Suspended pending the outcome of hearings were trainer Kenneth Laymon, assistant Victor Ibarra and vet Verlin Jones. According to the stewards’ […]

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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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