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Gorajec’s Plea For Whip Reform: Horse Racing’s Warts Have Been Exposed

Whip reform in horse racing is inevitable, former racing regulator Joe Gorajec writes in his InsideRacingRegs blog published at the The Jockey Club and Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association’s Horse Racing Reform website. Citing the recent proposal by The Stronach Group (TSG) to limit use of the riding crop at its California tracks for safety […]

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Oaklawn Stewards Suspend David Cohen 60 Days, Say He Deliberately Whipped Rival Jockey

David Cohen, battling for the leading jockey title with Ricardo Santana Jr. at Oaklawn Park, has been suspended 60 days by stewards at the Hot Springs, Ark., racetrack for a different kind of fight. A stewards ruling posted Thursday on the Association of Racing Commissioners International website alleges that Cohen “deliberately” whipped fellow jockey Edgar […]

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East Coast Riders Bristle At No-Whip Experiment In California

While the proposed no-whip experiment that was to have taken place today at Santa Anita Park is now off, riders on the Maryland circuit are watching from afar with some concern. The Racing Biz interviewed several Eastern jockeys who say they’d support a limit on the number of hits a rider can make during a […]

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The Friday Show Presented By The PHBA: Riding Rules, Winx’s Legacy?

In the wake of the spike in fatalities at Santa Anita, the discussions continue about many of horse racing’s long-held rules and traditions. Among them is use of the riding crop. In this edition of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick discuss the latest developments in California and share their thoughts on options […]

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Jockeys’ Guild Delays ‘No Riding Crops’ Experiment At Santa Anita

Through an agreement between the Jockeys’ Guild and the Thoroughbred Owners of California, jockeys will ride with crops Friday at Santa Anita. The Jockeys’ Guild has postponed its planned experiment to have its members ride without them as the organization works toward longer-term implementation of policies consistent with recent guidelines issued by the California Horse Racing […]

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View From the Eighth Pole: Staying The Course At Santa Anita

(Editor’s note: On Monday afternoon, the California Horse Racing Board announced that Friday’s special meeting has been cancelled and that discussions about Santa Anita were being moved to the regularly scheduled CHRB meeting on April 18. The following was published prior to the cancellation of the meeting.) The California Horse Racing Board meets this Friday for […]

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CHRB Unanimously Votes To Limit Whip To Use For Safety Only

The California Horse Racing Board voted unanimously Thursday to approve a rule which will make whip use inappropriate “except when necessary to control the horse for safety of the horse or rider.” Jockeys in violation of this rule could face fines, suspensions, or loss of purse, though stewards would not change order of finish on […]

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Thoroughbred Racing Commentary: Swedish Jockey Says Whip Use A Safety Issue

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary’s Geir Stabell interviews Per-Anders Gråberg, a top jockey in Sweden who rides throughout Europe, about the varying whip use rules in different countries. While Gråberg is opposed to flagrant use of the riding crop, he believes outlawing the whip entirely would be dangerous for the sport. He specifically discusses the strict rules in Norway, […]

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British Team-Based Racing Series Will Go Without The Whip

Britain’s Jockey Club and other entities have supported a new team-based racing competition set for 2019. Among the unique aspects of the series: jockeys will not be allowed to use whips other than for safety reasons. Jeremy Wray, founder of the Championship Horse racing concept, said he’s not trying to stir up a debate over […]

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Misuse Of The Whip Can Leave A Welt On The Sport

“I shall not today attempt further to define the kinds of material I understand to be embraced within that shorthand description; and perhaps I could never succeed in intelligibly doing so. But I know it when I see it, and the motion picture involved in this case is not that.” United States Supreme Court Justice […]

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