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CHRB: No Prohibited Substances Found In Breeders’ Cup Drug Tests

All samples collected from 2019 Breeders’ Cup horses have been cleared by the Kenneth L. Maddy Equine Analytical Chemistry Laboratory at the University of California, Davis, the California Horse Racing Board announced on the evening of Nov. 6. All horses competing in Breeders’ Cup races Nov. 1 and Nov. 2 at Santa Anita Park underwent […]

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Dr. Natasha Hamilton Named Chairman Of IFHA’s Gene Doping Contol Subcommittee

Following a meeting of the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA) Executive Council on 8 October 2019, Louis Romanet, Chairman of the Federation, announced, effective from that date, the appointment of a new Chairman of the Gene Doping Control Subcommittee of the Advisory Council on Equine Prohibited Substances and Practices. Dr. Natasha Hamilton, the Director […]

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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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IFHA Conference: Public Perceptions Of Racing, Horse Welfare Major Topics

The 53rd International Conference of Horseracing Authorities, organized by the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA), will be held on the 7th of October 2019 in Paris, France. Horse welfare and public perception will be the main focus of the Conference, while other subjects to be covered include a trainer’s panel on international racing experiences […]

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Commentary: Uniform Rules In Horse Racing Won’t Happen Without Compromise

For as long as I’ve covered horse racing, I’ve been asking people to define their biggest concern about the sport. For my entire career, the top two, conveniently dovetailed answers have been the same: central regulatory authority and uniform rules. Those who want a commissioner of horse racing usually want one so they will impose […]

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The Stronach Group Reports 58 Percent Decrease In Racing Fatalities At Santa Anita

The Stronach Group released the following statement on Friday: On behalf of everyone at Santa Anita Park, we wish to express our sincere gratitude and heartfelt thanks for the support we have received during one of the most challenging times in our history. All of us have been beyond devastated by the tragedies that befell […]

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Del Mar Adopting Enhanced Safety Protocols For Upcoming Summer Meet

Joe Harper, chief executive officer of the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club in Del Mar, Calif., issued a statement on Tuesday concerning new safety protocols being put in place for the 80th summer season of horse racing that begins July 17 at the seaside track. The protocols follow the lead of many of the changes proposed […]

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‘Unparalleled Reputation’: Benson Appointed Chief Veterinary Officer For Stronach

The Stronach Group has announced that well-respected equine veterinarian Dr. Dionne Benson has been appointed as the Chief Veterinary Officer for The Stronach Group. For the past seven years, Dr. Benson has been the Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer for the internationally-renowned Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) in Lexington, KY. “We are thrilled […]

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The Jockey Club Calls For Dramatic Changes In ‘Fundamentally Flawed System’

The Jockey Club released the following statement on Monday: A 23rd horse died at Santa Anita Park only three days after racing resumed; it is the 23rd horse fatality in the past three months. The string of deaths at Santa Anita isn’t the first spike in fatalities at a U.S. racetrack — these tragic events […]

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‘A Watershed Moment’: Santa Anita Resumes Racing With Strongest Medication Regulations In U.S.

Santa Anita Park will resume live Thoroughbred racing on Friday, March 29, under rules which modernize the sport of horse racing and provide the strongest medication regulations in the United States. Approval for a complete revision of the medication rules, which were agreed upon by The Stronach Group, parent company of Santa Anita, and the […]

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