Ruis Files Petition In Los Angeles Court Over CHRB Handling Of Justify Scopolamine Case

The following press release was distributed to media by Darrell Vienna, the attorney representing owner Mick Ruis, on Monday evening: On January 13, 2019, Mick Ruis, whose horse, Bolt d’Oro, finished second in the 2018 Santa Anita Derby, filed a petition in Los Angeles County Superior Court asking for a writ ordering the California Horse […]

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Gorajec: Justify Case Would Have Been Handled Differently In Different States

Former Indiana Horse Racing Commission executive director Joe Gorajec sounds off on the recent controversy surrounding the scopolamine positive test that was not called on Triple Crown winner Justify by the California Horse Racing Board following the 2018 Santa Anita Derby. Writing in his InsideRacingRegs blog on The Jockey Club and Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders […]

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‘The System Is Broken’: Hayward Believes No One Wants ‘To Catch The Cheaters’

Former NYRA president Charles Hayward has always considered the California Horse Racing Board one of the best state regulatory agencies in the Thoroughbred industry. This winter’s issues at Santa Anita Park and the CHRB’s closed-door handling of the Justify scopolamine positive have further convinced him that the need for national oversight has become more vital […]

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Former CHRB Chairman Defends Actions On Positive Test Dismissal; ARCI Advisory Contradicts Statement On Potential Penalty

Chuck Winner, the former chairman of the California Horse Racing Board, issued the following statement concerning the CHRB’s decision to dismiss possible sanctions resulting from a positive test for scopolamine, detected in a post-race sample from the April 7, 2018, Santa Anita Derby of eventual Triple Crown winner Justify. As reported in the New York […]

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Baffert, Churchill, Maryland Jockey Club React To Story Of Justify’s Positive Scopolamine Test

In the wake of a New York Times story revealing that 2018 Triple Crown winner Justify tested positive for scopolamine after the Santa Anita Derby, trainer Bob Baffert and his attorney are pushing back against implications Baffert administered the substance to the colt intentionally. Baffert released the following statement on Thursday: “I unequivocally reject any […]

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Del Mar Warning: Jimsonweed Identified In Straw May Contain Prohibited Drug

According to a release from the California Horse Racing Board, a batch of straw that was delivered to Del Mar Racetrack was found to be contaminated with Jimsonweed. Jimsonweed can contain the prohibited drug, scopolamine, a plant alkaloid which is a depressant. “It is certainly not a crisis, but this weed can contain scopolamine, which […]

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