Golden Gate: Pair Of Jockeys Suspended 30 Days For Mid-Race Whip Exchange

Jockeys Silvio Amador and Julien Couton have been suspended 30 days each by Northern California stewards, according to bloodhorse.com, for an exchange of the riding crop in Golden Gate Fields’ sixth race on Dec. 12. Couton, riding the 6 horse Olive You More, dropped his own whip approaching the stretch run. As Olive You More pulled […]

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Woodbine To Test New Whip Rule, Allowing Only ‘Underhand Use’

As part of its ongoing commitment and leadership in the safety of horse racing, Woodbine Entertainment is proud to partner with the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO), the Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association of Ontario (HBPA) and the Jockey’s Benevolent Association of Canada (JBAC) on the new urging rule test period at Woodbine […]

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Britain: Harsher Penalties For Whip Use May Be Coming Up

British Horseracing Authority chief executive Nick Rust revealed this week he is considering implementing harsher penalties for whip use violations in that country. Rust pointed to comments from jockey Hayley Turner after her win at Royal Ascot that the fine of £1,600 and nine-day suspension she incurred would likely have no impact on her riding […]

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‘State Of The Industry Address’ Scheduled For 2019 Thoroughbred Owner Conference

OwnerView announced today that a panel of industry leaders will participate in a discussion about issues facing the Thoroughbred industry, current measures in place and future plans to solve these issues at the sixth Thoroughbred Owner Conference. The conference will be held at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., from Monday, October 28, through Wednesday, […]

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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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CHRB To Investigate Desormeaux’s Del Mar Ride For Lack Of Perseverance

Jockey Kent Desormeaux rode Take a Leap in the fourth race at Del Mar on Saturday, and was caught near the wire to finish third. Stewards called a hearing on Sunday morning with Desormeaux, regarding allegations that he did not persevere with his mount all the way to the wire, but eventually decided to pass […]

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Racehorse Welfare: Opinion vs. Science

The general public has taken a more critical view of horseracing in the past decade, especially where issues of equine welfare are concerned. Those concerns could, however, have more to do with lack of understanding of scientific facts and the reasoning behind some practices than anything else. Recently a group of researchers led by Dr. […]

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Horses More Sensitive To Pain Than Previously Thought

Horses may be more sensitive to pain than originally thought, according to Dr. Lydia Tong, an Australian forensic veterinary pathologist. While it’s been said that horses are “thick-skinned,” Dr. Tong’s research found that a horse’s skin is thicker than human skin by only 1 millimeter. The primary difference, she found, was in the deep collagen […]

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