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Gorajec: Justify Case Would Have Been Handled Differently In Different States

Former Indiana Horse Racing Commission executive director Joe Gorajec sounds off on the recent controversy surrounding the scopolamine positive test that was not called on Triple Crown winner Justify by the California Horse Racing Board following the 2018 Santa Anita Derby. Writing in his InsideRacingRegs blog on The Jockey Club and Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders […]

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Gorajec Calls HBPA ‘Public Letter’ On Lasix ‘Tone Deaf,’ Says Race-Day Ban Inevitable

Former Indiana horse racing regulator Joe Gorajec criticizes the National Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association as being “tone deaf” for its recent “PUBLIC LETTER on Stance to NOT Eliminate the Choice to Administer Lasix on Raceday” distributed recently to the media and published at Paulick Report. The NHBPA letter includes the statement research “proves” that, […]

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Winning Without Lasix? Old-School Methods Suggest It Can Be Done

Can modern-day Thoroughbreds win without the benefit of Lasix, the diuretic given on race day to nearly every horse racing in America today? Yes, says trainer Stacy Lane Hendry, whose horses have won 10 races from 50 starts without the drug this year through Labor Day while stabled at Tampa Bay Downs and Delaware Park. […]

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Gorajec: Some Quarter Horse Trainers Give New Meaning To ‘Take Their Best Shot’

Quarter Horses accounted for less than half of the races in New Mexico in 2017 but 80% of the positive drug tests, writes Joe Gorajec in his InsideRacingRegs blog at the HorseRacingReform.org website published by The Jockey Club and Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association. Gorajec based the statement on the latest annual report from the […]

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Gorajec: A Way Forward On Regulators And Possible Conflicts Of Interest

Horse racing consultant Joe Gorajec writes in his InsideRacingRegs blog that he was “bewildered, befuddled, baffled and bemused” over a recent issue in which California Horse Racing Board vice chair Madeline Auerbach sold a share of a horse to an executive of The Stronach Group, which owns two California racetracks that the CHRB regulates. Gorajec, […]

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One Is The Loneliest Number Among Non-Lasix Winners Of Graded Stakes

A total of 211 American Graded Stakes races were run in the first six months of 2019, and just one horse, Fancy Dress Party in the G3 Beaumont Stakes at Keeneland, has won one of those events without the use of race-day Lasix, a diuretic that helps prevent or reduce exercise induced pulmonary hemorrhage, or […]

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Gorajec: Mandatory Injury Reporting Would Be A Game Changer For Horse Racing

“What more can be done to protect the horses?” That’s the question Joe Gorajec asks in his latest article at InsideRacingRegs, published by Horse Racing Reform, an industry initiative of The Jockey and Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association. The article is a follow-up to his reporting on the hearing in California of trainer Michael Pender, […]

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Gorajec: What CHRB Got Right, Wrong In Animal Welfare Case

Former racing regulator Joe Gorajec takes readers inside a recent stewards hearing in California that considered the case of a trainer charged with an animal welfare violation after working and entering a horse to race that his veterinarian said should undergo surgery because of a fractured sesamoid. Writing in his InsideRacingRegs blog published at The […]

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Commentary: How To Respond To Horse Racing’s ‘New Normal’

Former Indiana Horse Racing Commission executive director Joe Gorajec writes in his InsideRacingRegs blog about the mainstream news media’s “insatiable” appetite to pounce on every racing or training fatality at Santa Anita, in the wake of the spike in horse deaths at the Arcadia, Calif., track earlier this year. Santa Anita went from March 31 […]

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Gorajec’s Plea For Whip Reform: Horse Racing’s Warts Have Been Exposed

Whip reform in horse racing is inevitable, former racing regulator Joe Gorajec writes in his InsideRacingRegs blog published at the The Jockey Club and Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association’s Horse Racing Reform website. Citing the recent proposal by The Stronach Group (TSG) to limit use of the riding crop at its California tracks for safety […]

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