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Arabian Owner-Trainer Suspended Five Years For Refusing To Cooperate Over DNA Sample

The owner-trainer license of Mark Powell has been suspended five years by Delaware Park stewards for “refusing to cooperate with an official of the Delaware Thoroughbred Racing Commission and other racing officials” on Aug. 28, 2018. The Oct. 13 ruling also notes that Powell has been fined $2,500. The penalties stem from an attempt by […]

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‘Opportunity’ Brings 61-Year-Old Brinkerhoff To California

Val Brinkerhoff is one of the faceless trainers who drives the game. Light years from being in a league with the Bafferts, Browns and Pletchers, pound for pound, the 61-year-old Brinkerhoff nonetheless has one of the most successful mom and pop operations in the land. Horsemen and horse players alike have taken notice since this […]

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Cynthia Smith, Robert Colton Named To Stewards Positions In Delaware

Delaware Thoroughbred Racing Commission chairman W. Duncan Patterson announced at the commission’s March meeting that two candidates had been selected for the position of associate state steward and safety steward. Cynthia L. Smith – a level II steward and racing official with a national racing background having worked in California, Florida, Louisiana, New Mexico, Texas […]

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Odd Mix-Up In Christiana Stakes May Prompt Change In Scratch Procedures For Delaware

An odd situation ahead of the Christiana Stakes at Delaware Park on Wednesday led to one runner starting for purse money only. Dancing Rags, a Graham Motion trainee for owner Chadds Ford Stable, had been scratched ahead of the $50,000 race, though no one could quite figure out how that happened, according to The Racing […]

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No Foul: Statement On I’m A Chatterbox Decision In Delaware Handicap

John Wayne, executive director of the Delaware Thoroughbred Racing Commission, issued a statement late Saturday night on behalf of the stewards. Earlier in the afternoon, those stewards disallowed a claim of foul in the G1 Delaware Handicap won by I’m A Chatterbox and jockey Florent Geroux. At the break, I’m A Chatterbox veered sharply inward […]

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Vet Fined $1,000 For Missing Lasix Shot That Forced Scratch Of Delaware Park Stakes Horse

Dr. Robert Campbell has been fined $1,000 by Delaware Thoroughbred Racing Commission stewards for failing to give Juddmonte Farms’ Suffused a pre-race furosemide (Lasix or Salix) treatment as scheduled, necessitating the filly’s scratch from last Saturday’s $200,000 Robert G. Dick Memorial Stakes at Delaware Park. Campbell, who was one of the third-party veterinarians retained by the commission […]

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Time For A Change? Veterinarian’s List No Safe Harbor For Racehorses

On Jan. 27, 2015, six Thoroughbreds went to the post for the second race at Turf Paradise, but only five came back. Four-year-old Time for a J fractured the sesamoids in his left front leg and was euthanized on the track. What separated the dark bay gelding from most other horses who meet the same […]

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Paddock Accident Leads To Cancellation Of Delaware Park Races

Delaware Park cancelled the final four races of Tuesday’s eight-race card after a valet was injured while horses were being saddled for the fourth race. According to sources, other valets and some jockeys refused to work because the medical response time for the injured man was not satisfactory. One witness said the valet, identified by Daily Racing […]

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Indiana Ousts Widely-Used Drug Testing Lab For ‘Continued Failure To Detect Substances’

Officials at Truesdail Laboratories in Irvine, Calif., said they plan to contest a May 12 decision by the Indiana Horse Racing Commission to terminate the company’s equine drug testing contract after Truesdail failed to detect high levels of commonly used corticosteroids in three samples taken from harness horses competing at Hoosier Park in late March […]

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RMTC, HFL Lab Identify Drugs in Delaware Raid

The Racing Medication and Testing Consortium’s Tactical Research Program was instrumental in the Delaware Thoroughbred Racing Commission’s recent prosecution of Donald Roberson by working with the HFL Sport Science Lexington laboratory to identify dichloracetic acid and tadalafil, which is marketed in the U.S. under the trade name Cialis. These substances were found during a July […]

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