Articles posted February 22, 2007

Headlines and features from the Thoroughbred industry

CHRB Reverses Field on Long Toe Grabs

The California Horse Racing Board will begin enforcing a regulation prohibiting the use of front toe grabs exceeding four millimeters in length after commissioners voted Feb. 22 to reverse their decision last month to ignore the rule.

Louisiana Downs 2007 Stakes Schedule Worth More Than $3.4 Million

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A Super Derby day worth $1.3 million, a new Super Derby prelude day, Louisiana Downs champions day, and the richest prep race in the nation for the new Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf, highlight a stakes schedule worth more than $3.4 million at Harrah's Louisiana Downs in 2007. The racing season begins Friday, May 4 and continues through Oct. 20.

Einstein Smart Choice in Gulfstream BC Turf

Midnight Cry Stable's 5-year-old Brazilian-bred Einstein, the defending champion in the $300,000 Gulfstream Park Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT), is on target and ready to go for Saturday's renewal of the 1 3/8 miles fixture.

Instant Racing Bill Still Alive in Virginia

Legislation that would allow Colonial Downs to offer Instant Racing has been attached to a bill dealing with account wagering issues and is headed to the floor of the Virginia House of Delegates. Virginia's General Assembly's session ends Feb. 24.

RMTC Approves Sending Model Rules to RCI

The board of directors of the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) passed a model rule on anabolic steroids that will be forwarded to the Association of Racing Commissioners International (RCI) for approval during the RCI Annual Convention April 23-27. After the RMTC receives input from the RCI, the model rule language will be released to the industry.

Anti-Horse Slaughter Legislation Introduced in Illinois

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A bill introduced Feb. 22 in the Illinois state legislature would prohibit the transportation of horses into the state for the sole purpose of slaughter for human consumption. The bill is sponsored by Rep. Bob Molaro. A Belgian company, Cavel International, runs a horse slaughter plant near DeKalb, Ill.

Retired Jockey Jeep Ryan Dead

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George Patrick "Jeep" Ryan, a popular jockey on the Ohio and Kentucky circuit, died Feb. 19 from complications from a stroke.

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