The Arkansas Racing Commission, Oaklawn Park executives, and horsemen's groups see the pending federal legislation as a "hostile takeover."
Mark Lamberth, a member of the Arkansas Racing Commission, took over as chairman of the Association of Racing Commissioners International April 23 during the organization's annual convention in Tampa, Fla.
The Arkansas Racing Commission unanimously approved a request by Oaklawn Park Feb. 28 to add two Wednesdays to its 2015 Racing Season -- March 18 and March 25-to compensate for days lost to winter weather.
The Arkansas Racing Commission approved the entire program Sept. 11. Once implemented, Arkansas will become the sixth state to fully administer the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium's National Uniform Medication rules.
The Arkansas Racing Commission unanimously approved a 57-day race meet for Oaklawn Park in 2014. The Hot Springs track will run from Jan. 10 through April 12 next year.
The Arkansas Racing Commission voted unanimously March 26 to approve Oaklawn Park's request to race 56 days in 2012.
Following a ruling by the Circuit Court of Pulaski County, the Estate of Edmund A. Gann has returned the winning purse from the 2009 Oaklawn Handicap (gr. II), originally paid to the connections of It's a Bird.
Citing a post-race test showing the presence of two non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, stewards at Oaklawn Park have stripped Win Willy of his $90,000 winning purse in this year's Razorback Handicap (gr. III).
The National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association Executive Committee voted Dec. 6 to endorse a presentation on jockey mount fees president Joe Santanna will make Dec. 8 during the University of Arizona Symposium on Racing & Gaming.
An attorney for Edmund Gann said the owner will appeal a July 21 decision by the Arkansas Racing Commission disqualifying It's a Bird from his victory in the April 4 Oaklawn Handicap (gr. II) after the horse tested positive for the prohibited substance naproxen, an anti-inflammatory medication.
- By Ron Mitchell
It's a Bird, winner of the Lone Star Handicap (gr. III) on Memorial Day, could lose the purse from his April 4 victory in the Oaklawn Handicap (gr. II) as the result of a positive test for the prohibited substance naproxen, an anti-inflammatory medication.
Oaklawn Park stewards suspended jockey Donnie Meche through Oct. 15 and fined him a total $1,500 for two separate violations cited in an April 8 ruling.
Suspended jockey Donnie Meche has been asked to appear before the Oaklawn Park stewards March 31 to respond to the allegation of attempting to bribe a track official.
- By Victor Ryan
The Arkansas Racing Commission began testing for erythropoietin antibodies Sunday as part of a series of changes to the state's medication rules.
The Arkansas Racing Commission Saturday approved Oaklawn Park's schedule request for 2003.
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