whip use

Durenberger: Time To Change The Way We Think About The Public And Thoroughbred Welfare

The time has come to get comfortable talking about animal welfare. That’s one of the takeaways from a presentation at the 17th annual Saratoga Institute on Equine, Racing, and Wagering Law in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. this week. Dr. Jennifer Durenberger, attorney, veterinarian, and racing official, suggested racing insiders and fans are in the minority of […]

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Commentary: Racing Must ‘Accept The Inevitable’ And Ban Use Of The Whip

The Racing Post recently asked its readers and regular contributors what could be done to “make racing more popular” in Britain. Among the wide range of suggestions submitted to the publication were those of columnist Tom Kerr, who believes that the most obvious thing that is “central to the future prosperity of racing: the public perception of […]

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Record-Setting Ascot Hat Honors Horses Who Died On British Racetracks

British television personality Anneka Svenska is thought to have worn the largest hat on record at Royal Ascot this week, but the headgear wasn’t (just) a fashion statement. Svenska’s hat, which stuck up a full foot above her head and cascaded along her shoulders and trailed on the ground for an additional six feet, was comprised […]

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The Friday Show Presented By DRF Bets: Whipping Nonsense In California?

Last summer, the California Horse Racing Board approved what was dubbed the “strictest regulation in the country governing the use of riding crops in horse racing.” Jockeys were required to limit their use of the whip to three times in a row before allowing horses to respond. Less than a year later, the CHRB is […]

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Voss: Eight Things I Learned At This Year’s RCI Convention

The Association of Racing Commissioners International held its annual convention March 22-25 in New Orleans with a packed agenda. Racing officials from several countries, as well as testing laboratory officials and other industry organizers met to discuss model rules, medication policy, pari-mutuel wagering, and injury tracking. We’ll continue covering the goings-on at the convention with […]

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Excessive Whipping Incident Reveals More Regulatory Failure In Pennsylvania Racing

When Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf signed a bill into law last month creating a new racing commission to regulate both Thoroughbred and Standardbred racing, the existing commission was immediately dissolved. Wolf, other political leaders and horsemen’s organizations have 60 days from the Feb. 23 signing ceremony to fill the commission’s nine seats. After that is […]

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New Year, New Rules: Whip Rule Goes Into Effect For New York Jan. 1

Jockeys riding at New York Racing Association tracks will see restrictions on whip use tightened beginning on Jan. 1, 2016. While previous rules allowed riders to hit horses up to five times in succession before waiting for a response, the new rule will permit them to hit the horse only three times. After a few strides of a […]

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Trainer Beckett Calls For Amended Whip Use Rules

Trainer Ralph Beckett told the Racing Post Saturday that he believes the penalty for misuse of the whip should be stricter. Beckett proposed a rule that horses should be disqualified if their riders use the whip too often during the race, but only after the weighed-in announcement, so bookmakers would still pay out winning bets. […]

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Fellow Riders, KY Chief Steward Defend Espinoza’s Whip Use In Derby

Jockey Victor Espinoza’s ride on Kentucky Derby winner American Pharoah has been under scrutiny over the past week for what some consider an excessive use of the whip during the battle to the wire with Firing Line. Espinoza’s tactics were the focus of a Bloomberg.com article that not only discussed his victory aboard American Pharoah, […]

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Espinoza Fined For Whip Use On Stellar Wind In Santa Anita Oaks

In the wake of much discussion surrounding Victor Espinoza’s use of the whip on American Pharoah in the Kentucky Derby, the jockey was fined $300 by Santa Anita stewards for “causing a break in the skin” with his whip on Stellar Wind in their victory in the G1 Santa Anita Oaks April 4. According to […]

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