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Gorajec On Horse Racing’s Inconvenient Truth: Public Views Whipping As Inhumane

Former horse racing regulator Joe Gorajec writes that the California Horse Racing Board’s adoption of North America’s most restrictive rules concerning use of the whip (or riding crop) will only prolong the view that the general public, specifically in California, views the sport as inhumane. Writing in his InsideRacingRegs blog, Gorajec – former longtime executive […]

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CHRB’s Arthur Scratches Thais From Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf

Peter Brant’s Thais has been scratched from Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf after being “placed on the vet’s list as unsound,” reports drf.com. The California Horse Racing Board’s equine medical director Dr. Rick Arthur made the recommendation to scratch the 5-year-old daughter of Rio De La Plata. Trained by Chad Brown, the multiple Grade […]

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Breeders’ Cup Safety: ‘Everything That Can Be Done, Is Being Done’

The racing industry is approaching this year’s Breeders’ Cup with more anticipation than ever – not all of it positive. In the wake of a spike in equine fatalities during Santa Anita’s spring meet, safety is the top concern to those inside and outside the racing industry. Officials with the California Horse Racing Board (CHRB), […]

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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: 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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