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Owner, Trainer Appealing Delaware Suspensions For ‘Unauthorized Use Of Shockwave Therapy’

Owner David Neilson and trainer Anthony Pecoraro are both appealing six-month suspensions and $1,000 fines issued by the Delaware Thoroughbred Racing Commission because of an “unauthorized use of shockwave therapy,” reports the Thoroughbred Daily News. The rulings stem from an investigation into the catastrophic breakdown of Glencairn at Delaware Park on Aug. 5. The heavy favorite […]

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Delaware Commission Upholds Stewards’ Suspension Of Vitali

According to The Racing Biz, the Delaware Thoroughbred Racing Commission has voted to uphold a year-long suspension and $2,500 fine handed to Marcus Vitali after the controversial trainer fled security at Delaware Park. Vitali’s attorney Alan Pincus told writer Frank Vespe he did not know whether Vitali would appeal the ruling, which would mean going […]

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Hong Kong Steward Urges U.S. To Adopt Widely Accepted Disqualification Rules

It’s often true that major change in horse racing is reactive more than proactive, that one watershed event prompts change that heretofore seemed less necessary. Some in American horse racing are left wondering whether this year’s Kentucky Derby will be that moment for stewarding in U.S. races. That was certainly the message from the International […]

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Report: Delaware’s Wayne Puts His Foot Down, Denies Vitali Stay Of Suspension

In an unconventional move, the Delaware Thoroughbred Racing Commission’s executive director John Wayne has denied a stay of suspension requested by trainer Marcus Vitali. The Racing Biz first reported the development after yesterday’s news that Vitali had gotten a year’s suspension and a $2,500 fine for interfering with a search in a dorm room. “I […]

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Vitali Hit With One-Year Suspension In Delaware After Allegations He Interfered With Investigation

Trainer Marcus Vitali, who has a lengthy history of trouble with regulatory authorities, has been suspended one year by stewards at Delaware Park for interfering with and impeding an investigation conducted by an investigator with the Delaware Thoroughbred Racing Commission and Delaware Park security. Officials say Vitali removed an item from a dorm room refrigerator […]

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Racing Officials Can Help With Biosecurity, But Logistics Are Tricky

When a disease outbreak happens at a racetrack — as they do a few times a year — veterinarians, horsemen, and racing officials quickly become concerned about biosecurity protocols, the measures that can minimize the chances for disease to travel from one horse to another. One state veterinarian is hoping that, armed with a little […]

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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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