Motion Joins WHOA, Calls For A ‘National Governing Body’

Leading North American trainer H. Graham Motion has joined the Water Hay Oats Alliance (WHOA) as the latest member in a growing list of trainers who support efforts for passage of The Horseracing Integrity Act.  To date, 65 trainers are represented on WHOA’s roster, including Hall of Famers Roger Attfield, Michael Dickinson, Neil Drysdale, and […]

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‘Evidence Of Unsatisfactory Experiences’ Leads BHA To Conduct Bloodstock Sales Review

The British Horseracing Authority has launched a somewhat controversial review of bloodstock sales practices amid allegations of unethical behavior, reports According to chief executive Nick Rust’s Aug. 4 letter to industry stakeholders, the BHA is “concerned about evidence of unsatisfactory experiences for owners and prospective owners, who are one of the two major sources of […]

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Royal Ascot Demonstrates ‘Transparency,’ ‘Seriousness’ With Detailed Inquiry Coverage

Last Saturday’s Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot saw a stewards’ inquiry into the stretch run of the race when two of the contestants were in close enough proximity to warrant concern. Eric Wing (along with a number of other American horseplayers on social media) was particularly impressed by the coverage of the subsequent stewards’ meeting with […]

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Commentary: Racetracks Must Be More Transparent Regarding Equine Injuries

In March, the Jockey Club released a six-year summary of fatality statistics from the Equine Injury Database, which covered through 2014. The report also contained a comparison between 2013 and 2014. The Jockey Club launched the project in 2009, and while the most recent news reported was positive – equine fatalities in 2016 were at […]

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HANA: Horse racing and transparency-racing slowly becoming more open

When a favorite in a race turns in a poor performance, often times the bettors and fans are left asking ‘what happened?’, a question which then goes unresolved. Connections of the horses, whether it’s a trainer or an owner, usually have had a mantra of ‘it’s none of your business’ when questions arise as to […]

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Does Racing Need Mo Disclosure?

Mike Repole’s Uncle Mo arrived at Churchill Downs on Monday, still dogged by questions about his first career defeat in the Wood Memorial on April 9. Last year’s 2-year-old champion had no response when challenged in the final furlong of the Wood, finishing third, beaten 1 1/4 lengths by Toby’s Corner. Some questions have gone […]

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By Ray Paulick One of the things I’ve learned during my current visit to South Africa for the Cape Breeders Club international conference in the wine and Thoroughbred breeding region near Cape Town is that the American graded stakes program enjoys widespread recognition in this part of the world as an effective evaluation […]

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By Ray PaulickHalsey Minor, the technology entrepreneur and Thoroughbred owner and breeder whose bid to purchase Hialeah Park was recently rebuffed by owner John Brunetti, has filed a class-action lawsuit against the auction company Sotheby’s for transparency and disclosure issues that may parallel those in the Thoroughbred auction business. Minor, 43, was sued by the […]

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