whip use

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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British Horseracing Authority To Investigate Six Equine Fatalities At Cheltenham

Six horses were killed during the 2018 Cheltenham Festival, according to uk.reuters.com. Four of those were on the festival’s closing day on Friday, including Sandsend, Some Plan, Dresden, and North Hill. Mossback and Report to Base died after falls on Tuesday. Following the conclusion of the 2018 Cheltenham Festival, Jamie Stier, Chief Regulatory Officer for the […]

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Smart Whips Could Catch What Human Eyes Can’t

There are a few things you count on in horse racing regulation and one of them is that whip rules will always be up for debate. Animal welfare groups and some race followers claim the presence and use of the whip alienates potential racing fans. Jockeys come down on both sides of the issue – […]

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Societal Perception Of Horses In Sport Must Be Addressed, Says Equine Charity CEO

Roly Owers of the World Horse Welfare recommends that the equestrian community be cognizant of how the public views the use of horses in equestrian sport, reports HorseTalk. Addressing the Fédération Equestre Internationale  (FEI) General Assembly, Owers recommended that equestrian sport pursue a social license, which is an unwritten, non-binding contract that means society gives horse sport […]

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