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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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Rojas Verdict: Not Guilty On Wire Fraud, Guilty On Misbranding Of Prescription Drugs

A jury in United States District Court in Harrisburg, Pa., has convicted Thoroughbred trainer Murray Rojas on 14 of 21 counts brought against her by the U.S. attorney’s office in a wide-ranging FBI criminal investigation into corruption at nearby Penn National racetrack. Their verdict came Friday evening after day-long deliberations that followed a nine-day trial. The […]

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‘ADW Growth And What It Means For Our Future’ The Topic On Day 2 Of National HBPA Convention

Racing has undergone a transformative change since grandstand and backside telephones were locked during the races for fear people would bet through bookmakers. Wagering on mobile devices today is Thoroughbred racing’s clear growth leader. But the challenge is how to gain enough purse revenue from betting through the Advance Deposit Waging platforms that have siphoned […]

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Forging Partnerships To ‘Improve The Sport’ The Focus On First Day Of National HBPA Convention

Be it working with tracks or regulators, discussion on Wednesday’s first day of the National HBPA Convention centered on partnerships horsemen can forge to improve the sport for everyone. “By working together, we can improve the sport and generate more revenue,” said keynote speaker Corey Johnsen, himself a horse owner and breeder as well as […]

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