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Ed Martin On RCI: ‘We Strive To Do What Is Right, By The Horse, By The Public, By The Sport’

Editor’s note: The following was submitted by Ed Martin, president and CEO of the Association of Racing Commissioners International (RCI), in response to a commentary by former regulator Joe Gorajec concerning a decision made last month by the California Horse Racing Board (CHRB) to withdraw its membership in the RCI. I think it helpful to […]

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Gorajec: What CHRB Got Right, Wrong In Animal Welfare Case

Former racing regulator Joe Gorajec takes readers inside a recent stewards hearing in California that considered the case of a trainer charged with an animal welfare violation after working and entering a horse to race that his veterinarian said should undergo surgery because of a fractured sesamoid. Writing in his InsideRacingRegs blog published at The […]

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Gorajec: RCI’s Scare Tactics On Lasix Ban Disingenuous, Ill-Informed And Just Plain Shameful

I was incredulous. I couldn’t believe what I was reading. The Association of Racing Commissioners International (RCI) had just issued a press release warning its member commissions that any attempt to ban the administration of race-day Lasix could lead to the inhumane practices of administering formaldehyde as a Lasix substitute and have horses denied feed […]

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Santa Anita Closing Main Track For Full Evaluation Following Fatal Injuries

In conjunction with the California Horse Racing Board (CHRB), Santa Anita Park has announced its main track will be closed for training beginning at 9 a.m. on Monday and all day Tuesday in order to fully evaluate sub-surface conditions such as moisture content and soil consistency. If the results of these efforts indicate the track […]

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Air Quality Issues Force Second Straight Cancellation At Golden Gate

Golden Gate Fields has cancelled racing for the second straight day, following ongoing air quality concerns due to the Camp Fire well north of the region. The facility remained open for simulcast wagering. Golden Gate’s vice president and general manager David Duggan told bloodhorse.com the air quality index stayed at 228 on Saturday, forcing the cancellation […]

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CHRB Moves To Ban Presence Of Clenbuterol On Race Day

The California Horse Racing Board conducted its regular meeting Thursday, October 25, at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif. Chairman Chuck Winner presided. Vice Chair Madeline Auerbach and Commissioners Araceli Ruano and Alex Solis also were in attendance. The audio of this entire Board meeting is available on the CHRB Website (www.chrb.ca.gov) under the Webcast […]

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The Friday Show Presented By The Match Series: Conflicts Of Interest?

The Paulick Report published a disturbing commentary this week from Pennsylvania attorney Alan Pincus regarding potential cover-ups of positive drug tests in that state’s harness racing business. In this edition of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick discuss the implications and broader impact of those developments. Plus, who will win the 159th running […]

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CHRB: Proposals For Veterinary Record Transfer, Continuing Education Move Forward

The California Horse Racing Board conducted its regular meeting Thursday, April 19, at Santa Anita Park. Vice Chair Madeline Auerbach presided. Commissioners Fred Maas, Araceli Ruano and Alex Solis also were in attendance. The audio of this entire Board meeting is available on the CHRB Website (www.chrb.ca.gov) under the Webcast link. In brief: The Board opened public […]

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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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Yet Another Chapter In The Masochistic Saga

Anyone else suffering from Masochistic fatigue? For a 6-year-old who’s made just 14 career starts, he sure gets a lot of attention. There was the big maiden win at Churchill Downs on Kentucky Derby day in 2014 when the California-bred gelding won by 14 lengths. His career debut six weeks earlier – against fellow Cal-breds […]

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