mike hopkins

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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‘Advocating For Horses’: Dr. Corrine Sweeney To Serve As New Chair Of ARCI

Noted equine health researcher and Pennsylvania Racing Commissioner Dr. Corrine Sweeney, DVM, is the new Chair of the Association of Racing Commissioners International (ARCI). In addition to serving on the commission since 2008, Dr. Sweeney is Associate Dean at the New Bolton Center at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine and one of […]

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ARCI: Embracing Technological Innovation At The Betting Window

Horse racing must make better use of technology to create new betting products and experiences or it will be left behind other sports and entertainment industries. That was the message of Friday’s technology session on closing day of the Association of Racing Commissioners International’s 84th annual Conference on Equine Welfare and Racing Integrity at the Hotel Hot […]

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Trainer Kevin Patterson Appeals Cobalt DQ, Suspension And Fine

Trainer Kevin Patterson has appealed a 15-day suspension and $500 fine he received after Blu Moon Ace, runner-up in the Grade 3 Frank J. DeFrancis Memorial Dash at Laurel Park on Sept. 16, tested above threshold limits for cobalt, a substance that some believe has blood-doping performance enhancing effects similar to erythropoietin (EPO). Patterson also […]

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Dale Capuano Held Blameless After Horse Tests Positive For Cocaine; Owners Appeal DQ

Trainer Dale Capuano has been held blameless because of what Laurel Park stewards called “mitigating circumstances” after Six Tonsafun, a horse in his care, tested positive for cocaine and its metabolites following a victory in the fourth race at the Maryland track on July 22. According to the ruling, dated Aug. 31, Maryland Racing Commission […]

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ARCI Conference Honors Hopkins, RMTC; Jeff Colliton New Chairman

The Racing Medication and Testing Consortium and long-time Maryland Racing Commission executive director Michael J. Hopkins have received the highest awards given by the organization that represents racing regulators. The Association of Racing Commissioners International honored the RMTC with its William May Award and Hopkins with the Len Foote Award at its awards luncheon Thursday, […]

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Veterinarian Zipf Selected For Joe Kelly Unsung Hero Award

Longtime Maryland veterinarian Dr. David Zipf has been selected to receive the 2016 Joe Kelly Maryland Million Unsung Hero Award. Presented annually by the Board of Directors of the Maryland Million Ltd., this award honors the memory of Joe Kelly and celebrates important characteristics that are valuable but often unrewarded. It recognizes honesty, hard work […]

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