Turfway, Ellis Park Join Aftercare Alliance

Blood-Horse The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance announced Sept. 29 that Ellis Park and Turfway Park in Kentucky have both signed on to match contributions made by owners at each track. Owners are able to contribute $1 per start to the TAA for each horse that starts in a race at either track. Ellis and Turfway will [...]

ARCI Announces Members of Compliance Group

Blood-Horse The Association of Racing Commissioners International Sept. 29 announced members of a committee that will work with regulators in each racing state to complete implementation of reforms that make up the National Uniform Medication Program. The 12 members of the ARCI Compliance Committee were invited by ARCI chairman Mark Lamberth, who has assigned the [...]

IRB Approves Racing Consolidation Plan

Blood-Horse The Illinois Racing Board Sept. 29 voted to consolidate all 2016 Chicago-area racing at Arlington International Racecourse and Hawthorne Race Course, averting potential draconian cuts at both those tracks. The decision shuts out Balmoral Park and Maywood Park, the harness tracks being operated under bankruptcy protection by the Johnston family, reallocating all harness dates [...]

KY: Trainers Asmussen, Romans tie for Churchill title

Louisville Courier-Journal Once again the Churchill Downs training title came down to Steve Asmussen and Dale Romans, each finishing with six victories after going 0 for 2 Sunday on the September meet’s closing-day program. It marked a record 16th Churchill crown for Asmussen and the 13th for Romans. Incredibly, the men, both 49, have been [...]

NEB: Group wants to legalize casino gambling

Omaha.com LINCOLN — A group pledging to keep gambling money in Nebraska and save the state’s ailing Thoroughbred horse racing industry has launched an effort to allow voters to legalize casino gaming at the state’s tracks. A group called Keep the Money in Nebraska submitted proposed petition language to state officials earlier this week and [...]

HBPA editorial: Guilty Until Proven Innocent

Louisville Courier-Journal Forward by Jennie Rees Marty Maline, the long-time executive of the Kentucky division of the Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association, released the following editorial titled “Guilty Until Proven Innocent,” spelling out the issues of the strict standard that trainers are held to for drug positives and overages of therapeutic medication in this era [...]

New York Adopts Rule to Limit Use of NSAIDs

Blood-Horse The New York State Gaming Commission Sept. 24 passed several rule amendments related to equine medication, including further restrictions on the use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and a total ban on stanozolol, an anabolic steroid. The NYSGC also amended rules regarding the role of veterinary technicians on the backstretch and a requirement for continuing [...]

WV Racing Report Approval Stalls

Blood-Horse A group of West Virginia racing stakeholders has prepared a report on the state of the industry and makes suggestions on how to improve the economics, but in what some called a surprise, the document wasn't approved by all the constituents during a Sept. 21 meeting. The report, called "Reflecting, Reimaging, and Restoring the [...]

Wayne Lukas gets interim pacemaker, wife says

Louisville Courier-Journal Record-setting trainer D. Wayne Lukas had a temporary pacemaker inserted Saturday night -- “just to get things kind of settled down, his heart rate normal” -- and began feeling better to where he watched his beloved Dallas Cowboys play on television Sunday, Laurie Lukas said. Laurie Lukas, at the hospital in suburban Philadelphia, [...]

D. Wayne Lukas Hospitalized in Pennsylvania

Blood-Horse D. Wayne Lukas has been hospitalized near Philadelphia, the Hall of Famer trainer's assistant, Tim Austin, said Sept. 20. Austin wouldn't disclose the specifics of Lukas' condition, citing privacy concerns, but said he expects the 80-year-old conditioner to have a pacemaker installed sometime soon. Austin wanted clear the air after rumors swirled on social [...]

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