Officials: Penalty System Key Part of Program

Blood-Horse As more jurisdictions continue to implement the multiple medication violation penalty system as part of the National Uniform Medication Program, officials March 31 said it's beginning to show it can be a useful tool. The MMV penalty system, which officially began Jan. 1, 2014, in jurisdictions that had adopted it at that time, assigns [...]


ROAP Seeks Regulation of ‘Program Trainers’

Blood-Horse The Racing Officials Accreditation Program, on its 2015 list of points of emphasis, is encouraging the horse racing industry to develop regulations to deal with the issue of "program trainers"—generally those who serve as cover for suspended or barred individuals. "On a scale of one to 10, in terms of importance to racing it [...]


Four Penn National Vets Face Federal Charges

Blood-Horse In a move that sounded a lot like the other shoe dropping, federal criminal charges have been filed against four racetrack veterinarians involved in treating horses at Penn National Race Course near Grantville, Pa. Late March 26, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced criminal charges had been filed against [...]


MA House Passes Suffolk Simulcast Extension

Blood-Horse With time running out for Suffolk Downs to continue offering full-card simulcasts, the Massachusetts House of Representatives March 26 passed a bill that extends the current rights for one more month. The action was the second extension for the racetrack since the end of last year, and allows for simulcasts to continue through April [...]


Study: Pari-Mutuel Revenue Down 3.5% in 2014

Blood-Horse Revenue for state government from the nation's pari-mutuel industry dropped 3.5% in 2014 from a year earlier, according to a new report by a university system think tank. While racetrack gaming operations nationwide saw modest gains in what they provide to states in the way of revenue, pari-mutuel revenue dipped to $140.5 million in [...]


KHRC Approves Regulation for Salix-Free Races

Blood-Horse The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission March 23 approved a regulation that would permit the state's racetracks to card races that would prohibit the administration of furosemide, also known as Salix or Lasix, within 24 hours of post time. The vote was 8-4. Keeneland president Bill Thomason had said the Lexington racetrack supports the regulation [...]


WV Legislature to Review Racing and Gaming

Blood-Horse Both houses of the West Virginia legislature have adopted a resolution forming a select committee that will undertake a "comprehensive study" of the state's racing and gaming industries and report its findings to the full legislature in 2016. The resolution, filed March 11 and quickly adopted by the Senate and House of Delegates by [...]


New York to Study Use of Race-Day Furosemide

Blood-Horse New York regulators March 23 said they want to hold a forum to consider the future use of anti-bleeding medication furosemide in the state. Led by New York State Gaming Commission member John Crotty, regulators said they will move ahead with some kind of forum or meeting with industry experts and representatives involving the [...]


KY Downs Plans Changes to Historical Racing

Blood-Horse The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission March 23 approved plans by Kentucky Downs to change the brand of its historical racing machines. In April Kentucky Downs plans to change its current historical racing machines, currently the Cella family's Instant Racing games, to a new player in the market called Encore Gaming. In a February release, [...]