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National HBPA, THA Issue Statement On Hollendorfer Ban: ‘We Do Not Intend To Stand Idly By’

Due process is a fundamental and accepted constitutional right in our country. In a government sanctioned and regulated industry, it is required. Every person in our industry who holds a license to participate is given a right to due process when their livelihood is threatened. We are an industry that operates according to rules and […]

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FBI Probe: Penn National Trainer Murray Rojas Sentenced To 27 Months In Federal Prison

Trainer Murray Rojas was sentenced on Monday to 27 months in federal prison on 14 felony counts of misbranding prescription drugs over a 13-year period from 2002-’14 at Penn National in Grantville, Pa. Rojas was convicted by a jury in June 2017 in United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg, Pa. […]

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Upcoming HBPA Convention: ‘Finding Ways For Horse Racing To Do Things Better’

Finding ways for horse racing to do things better is the overarching theme of the National HBPA Convention March 12-16 at the Sheraton Sand Key Resort in Clearwater Beach, Fla. That also is the mission of the new Thoroughbred Idea Foundation, a horse-racing think tank whose representatives form the March 13 keynote panel at the annual convention staged […]

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HBPA: Environmental Contamination In Racing Regulation

Ted Shults, a nationally recognized expert in forensic toxicology and law, says racing chemists and regulators face “self-inflicted injury” if their testing policies fail to recognize the existence of environmental contamination and inadvertent transfer of recreational and prescription medications to horses. “We would never do this on the human side,” said Shults, who works in […]

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National HBPA Convention Topics Include Sports Betting, Aftercare

Sports betting and its possible effects on horse racing. Stemming the dearth of backside employees. Horses’ inadvertent exposure to recreational and prescription medications. Needing solutions, not just funding, for Thoroughbred aftercare. Where the trainer absolute-insurer rule stands. Horsemen as citizen marketers. Those are among the discussions taking center stage at the National HBPA Convention, March 13-17 at […]

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San Luis Rey Fire: CHRB Urges Respiratory Vigilance, TSG Coordinates Distribution Of Funds

As horses displaced by the San Luis Rey fire began to resuming training at Del Mar on Sunday, the California Horse Racing Board released a memo urging horsemen to utilize caution with regard possible smoke inhalation. According to drf.com, the CHRB will require a two-stage respiratory exam for any horse to be allowed to race this […]

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Clay Whitham To Be Keynote Speaker At 2018 HBPA Convention

When Eric Hamelback, the National HBPA’s chief executive officer, sought a keynote speaker for the organization’s 2018 convention in New Orleans, he wanted someone to follow in the steps of other recent headliners who offered inspiration mixed with constructive insight on how to improve the sport. So he asked Clay Whitham. Whitham co-manages with his […]

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Cosequin Presents Aftercare Spotlight: ‘So Much To Offer’ Well Beyond Racing

The best teachers are those whose lessons not only stick, they last a lifetime. They have wisdom to share and they convey it in a way that’s easy to receive, often simplifying what might otherwise be complicated or overwhelming. For former polo player and current CEO of the National Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association, Eric […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Putting ‘A Face To The Hero’

The name “Victor Espinoza” has most of the racing community thinking of a certain Triple Crown-winning jockey. To anyone familiar with Brookdale Farm in Versailles, Ky., however, the name brings to mind a different individual. Brookdale’s Victor Espinoza epitomizes the spirit of Godolphin’s newest initiative, the Thoroughbred Industry Employee Awards. Intended to “to identify and […]

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View From The Eighth Pole: In Rojas Trial, HBPA Plays The Part Of Enabler

It must be disheartening at times to be an honest Thoroughbred owner or trainer, especially one that happens to race in Pennsylvania. It’s bad enough, as we learned last week in the federal trial of trainer Murray Rojas, that widespread and systematic cheating has been going on at Penn National racecourse in Grantville, Pa. for […]

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