Dr. Rick Arthur, the new equine medical director of the California Horse Racing Board, told a meeting of state horse breeders Sept. 22 that he plans to hold veterinarians accountable when trainers they advise are found in violation of horse medication rules.
Several horse industry groups took a strong stand against legislation introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives Thursday that would divert revenue from simulcasting to state racing commissions to fund accident insurance for jockeys, exercise riders, and other racetrack workers.
Next week's deadline by a New York state panel to offer its non-binding choice for a new operator of the state's three major Thoroughbred racetracks will not be met, the chairman of the committee said.
A record-high $2.5 million stakes program for the 2006-2007 meet at Tampa Bay Downs features purse increases for five of 26 stakes races, including the track's key Kentucky Derby prep races, the Tampa Bay Derby (gr. III) and Sam F. Davis Stakes.
A wealthy group of individuals that includes active buyers at the Keeneland September yearling sale are among those listed in the annual roster of "400 Richest Americans" released Friday by Forbes magazine.
"I don't think I would have handled Lost in the Fog the way I have--meaning his training, picking out his races, and deciding not to go through the Triple Crown--20 years ago," Gilchrist said. "Experience beats everything, and the more good horses you're around, you learn how to treat them.
U.S. Reps. Ed Whitfield (R-KY) and Bart Stupak (D-MI) on Thursday introduced the Jockeys' Insurance Fairness Act, a bill to provide injury insurance for jockeys, trainers, and backside workers in the horse racing industry.