RCI Adds Town Hall Meetings at Keeneland, Remington and Lone Star

From RCI news release Posted: 3/31/16 The Association of Racing Commissioners International has scheduled three additional town hall meetings in an effort to unify the racing industry and develop a consensus path to improve the policing of the sport and advance uniform regulatory policies. The next public meeting will take place at 10:30 a.m., April [...]


Claiming Crown Set for Gulfstream Park through 2018

Gulfstream Park, the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association (TOBA) and National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association (HBPA) announced today the $1.1 million Claiming Crown will continue to be held at Gulfstream through 2018. This December will mark the fifth consecutive year that the Claiming Crown will be held at Gulfstream Park. It will also mark [...]


2016 Simulcast Conference Set for New Orleans

(from TRA news release) Posted: 3/29/16 The Thoroughbred Racing Associations (TRA) has announced New Orleans as the host city for the 24th annual International Simulcast Conference. The 2016 conference will be held at Harrah’s New Orleans Hotel and Casino, September 26-28. The TRA co-sponsors the annual event with the Harness Tracks of America (HTA). Each [...]


Horseplayer Judy Wagner Elevated to be New ARCI Chair

(from ARCI news release) Posted: 3/28/16 The Association of Racing Commissioners International (ARCI) has installed Judy Wagner as its new Chair for 2016-2017. Recently re-appointed to the Louisiana State Racing Commission by Governor John Bel Edwards, Wagner is the first horseplayer to assume the helm of North America’s umbrella group of racing regulatory bodies. Mrs. [...]


Bill White Re-Elected to Second Term as FHBPA President

(from Florida HBPA news release) Posted: 3/28/16 Re-elected on March 24, 2016 to a second term as President of the Florida Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association was William P. “Bill” White, who led the organization this past year to defeat what would have been a major overhaul of state pari-mutuel statutes to the detriment of [...]


RCI Looks at Added Out-of-Competition Testing

(from Bloodhorse.com) Posted: 3/23/2016 Racing Medication and Testing Consortium executive director Dionne Benson said as regulators look at new, enhanced recommendations on out-of-competition testing, they're going to find policies that will work for the industry. Participating on an equine welfare and veterinary panel March 23 at the RCI conference in New Orleans, Benson is encouraged [...]


Virginia Equine Alliance Announces Immediate and Long Term Plans for Live Racing

(from Virginia Equine Alliance news release) Posted: 3/22/2016 The Virginia Equine Alliance (VEA) today announced immediate and longer term plans for Thoroughbred and standardbred racing in the Commonwealth, and introduced a new website that will cater to all aspects of Virginia horse racing. From an immediate thoroughbred standpoint, pari-mutuel flat races will be held in-state as part of both [...]


Equine Industry Database: Fatal Injuries Decline by 14 Percent

(from The Jockey Club news release) Posted: 3/22/2016 An analysis of data from the Equine Injury Database, comparing 2015 statistics with figures from 2014, has shown a 14 percent decrease in the frequency of fatal injury, it was announced today by The Jockey Club. Across all surfaces, ages, and distances, the fatality rate dropped from [...]


The Interactive, Electronic Edition of The Horsemen’s Journal Spring 2016 Issue is Now Available

The interactive, electronic version of The Horsemen's Journal's Spring 2016 issue is now available online. It is an enhanced version of our Spring issue, which is currently being mailed. To view it, click here. Features in the issue include: *TOGETHER IN TAMPA Horsemen from across North America meet in Florida to discuss a variety of issues *PAPER [...]