whip use

Jockey Club Committee Calls For Elimination Of Whip Use For Encouragement

The Jockey Club’s Thoroughbred Safety Committee has revised its 2016 position on whip use to recommend it be used “to avoid dangerous situations” only, not for encouragement. The committee published its new recommendation on Sunday. The complete language is below. “The Association of Racing Commissioners International (ARCI) Model Rules Committee amends, and all regulatory authorities […]

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British Trainer Johnston: ‘The Whip Is Not There For Safety And Correction’

Britain’s winningest trainer spoke out this week on limitations of whip use, telling Racing Post’s Andrew Dietz he believes a whip ban would threaten the existence of racing. Unlike American riders, who have resisted whip bans or limitations on the grounds that crops help them control a horse’s direction in an emergency, Mark Johnston believes […]

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New York To Uphold Velazquez’ Whip Use Suspension From Royal Ascot

On Wednesday at Royal Ascot, Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez was suspended nine days by the British Horseracing Authority for “using his whip above the permitted level and in an incorrect place from approximately 1 ½ furlongs out.” According to drf.com, Velazquez’ suspension will be upheld by the New York State Gaming Commission, beginning on […]

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Velazquez Handed Suspension By Royal Ascot Stewards For Whip Use

Jockey John Velazquez, who finished second in the Group 2 Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot Wednesday aboard Kimari, has been handed a nine-day suspension by stewards there for his ride. Stewards stated the suspension was for “using his whip above the permitted level and in an incorrect place,” according to the Daily Racing Form’s […]

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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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Santa Anita Experiment: Jockeys To Ride Without Whips On April 12

The Jockeys’ Guild has thrown its support behind a plan for jockeys at Santa Anita Park to ride without whips on April 12, an “experiment” designed to mimic proposed rule changes which ban whip use, reports drf.com. In a letter sent Friday to the CHRB, Santa Anita, and the Thoroughbred Owners of California, the Guild […]

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The Friday Show: What Should Happen In Horse Racing This Year?

A new year is upon us, and with it comes a combination of new challenges and old ones for the business of Thoroughbred racing. In our first Friday Show of 2019, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick discuss five topics they’d like to see some progress on in the coming year. Watch the Friday Show below […]

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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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Dettori Nails Royal Ascot Trio, Suspended Seven Days For Whip Use

Top class jockey Frankie Dettori won three races on opening day at Royal Ascot for trainer John Gosden: the Group 2 Coventry Stakes aboard Calyx, the Group 1 St. James’s Palace aboard Without Parole, and the Wolferton Stakes on Monarchs Glen. After the day’s races, the British Horseracing Authority announced that Dettori would be suspended […]

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