Citing business commitments in Kentucky, Bernie Hettel will step down from his position as executive secretary of the Virginia Racing Commission.
The Virginia Racing Commission Nov. 17 denied an application from Colonial Downs to conduct a limited race meet.
With legislation in place calling for the Virginia Racing Commission to recognize one official horsemen's group on the Thoroughbred side, the regulatory body is busy shaping the criteria it will use to determine that group.
The Virginia Equine Alliance said April 10 that efforts to lease Jeff Jacobs' Colonial Downs property to conduct racing had ceased after the track owner rejected two offers.
Winter weather didn't just force cancellations of race days this week, it also forced the Virginia Racing Commission to postpone its regular meeting that had been scheduled March 5, when it had hoped the future of racing.
The Virginia Racing Commission has asked that horsemen and Colonial Downs come to an agreement on an eight-week schedule for 2015 in a deal that would see no live Thoroughbred racing in 2014 at the New Kent, Va. track.
The Virginia Racing Commission granted an extension to Colonial Downs and the Virginia Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association to reach an agreement on racing dates this year.
In a letter sent to its members this month, the Virginia Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association seeks to strengthen support for its organization, which is in a stalemate with Colonial Downs on race dates.
A two-hour meeting March 12 between the Virginia Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association, representatives of Colonial Downs, and an arbitrator failed to yield an agreement over 2014 racing dates in Virginia.
Gulfstream Park will have more money coming from slot machines and poker for purses, more betting stations, and a larger betting menu for the 2011 meet that will also feature the installation of lights.
The Ontario Racing Commission has overturned the disqualification of Robert Evans' Marsh Side from first to fourth in the 2009 Northern Dancer Stakes (Can-IT) at Woodbine and restored the original order of finish.
Hall of Fame jockey Don Brumfield has been named as a steward for the upcoming Gulfstream Park meet, the track announced Oct. 21.
An appeal seeking to overturn a stewards ruling that supported the original results of the Suwannee River Handicap (gr. IIIT) will be heard March 19.
The fractions and final time for the Feb. 24 Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. II) have been adjusted, with Gulfstream Park's official final time for the 1 1/8-mile race now to be listed as 1:50.07.
The owner of La Dolce Vita has formally appealed the decision of Gulfstream Park stewards not to change the outcome of the Feb. 3 Suwannee River Handicap (gr. III), saying the decision challenges the integrity of horse racing.
Gulfstream Park's $75,000 Shotintheheart Handicap Feb. 14 will be the first of as many as four Florida-bred stakes it will add this season.
- By Ryan Conley
Bernie Hettel has reached an agreement to settle a federal lawsuit with the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority and others, based on an apology from the agency in regard to actions taken after his 2004 departure as executive director of the former Kentucky Racing Commission.
Gulfstream Park and the affiliated Palm Meadows Training Center have received about 3,600 stall applications for 2,452 stalls, officials at the South Florida racetrack said.
Bernie Hettel, who served as an association steward at Gulfstream Park this past meet, has been named manager of racing operations of the South Florida racetrack effective immediately.
Bernie Hettel, a former executive director of and chief steward for the Kentucky Racing Commission, will serve as a judge during the upcoming Gulfstream Park meet.
Nationally known steward Bernie Hettel has been appointed to the Gulfstream Park judges' stand, the track announced Dec. 14
The Kentucky Racing Authority has named John Nicholson its interim executive director. Nicholson currently serves as the executive director of the Kentucky Horse Park and will fill the racing authority position until Gov. Ernie Fletcher appoints a permanent executive director.
The former executive director of the abolished Kentucky Racing Commission could face ethics charges because he accepted a position as a consultant with Churchill Downs, the Lexington Herald-Leader reported.
Bernie Hettel, the former chief state steward and executive director of the defunct Kentucky Racing Commission, has been hired by Churchill Downs as a consultant on racing issues.
Michael "Mickey" Sample has been named interim chief racing steward for the Keeneland spring meet that begins April 2, said LaJuana Wilcher, secretary of the Kentucky Environmental and Public Protection Cabinet.
The Kentucky Racing Authority is currently seeking to fill the positions of state steward and executive director. Former state steward Michael "Mickey" Sample is currently filling the position of state steward at Turfway Park, while an executive search firm has been hired to review the applications of potential candidates for the position of executive director.
Hiring an executive director and a chief state steward are among the first items of business for the newly created Kentucky Horse Racing Authority. The 16-member panel held an orientation meeting Feb. 5 at the Kentucky Horse Park.
- By Victor Ryan
Jesse Skees, who serves as executive director of the Office of Inspector General for the Kentucky Natural Resources and Environmental Public Protection Authority, will be the acting executive director of the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority until a permanent replacement is found.
Bernie Hettel, executive director of the now-defunct Kentucky Racing Commission for nearly 20 years, submitted his resignation on Wednesday.
The new Kentucky Horse Racing Authority includes several individuals with ties to the Thoroughbred industry. The authority replaces the Kentucky Racing Commission, which was abolished Jan. 6 by Gov. Ernie Fletcher.
- By Tom LaMarra
The Kentucky Racing Commission and the Kentucky Equine Drug Council in October will consider the mandate by the American Graded Stakes Committee that enhanced drug testing be implemented by next year in order for stakes to maintain their grades.
Representatives from Kentucky's racetracks submitted their preliminary applications for 2004 racing dates to members of a subcommittee of the Kentucky Racing Commission Sept. 2. The Thoroughbred schedule is typical, but there are other proposed changes.
- By Gary West
By Gary West -- When Jose Santos and Funny Cide left behind their rivals at Pimlico, and left even further behind the suggestions of impropriety, the jockey stood in the irons and kissed his right hand. He flashed the victory sign, and then he opened his hand to the world, as if to show again that it held nothing.
Racing stewards at Churchill Downs have levied a $500 fine against 14 jockeys who wore a patch depicting the Jockeys' Guild logo on their pants in the May 3 Kentucky Derby (gr. I).
After a thorough review of dozens of photographs and a replay of the NBC tape of the Kentucky Derby and interviews with various individuals, the Kentucky Racing Commission board of stewards determined that jockey Jose Santos did not carry anything other than a whip in his right hand when he won the Kentucky Derby with Funny Cide on May 3.
Jockey Jose Santos met with Churchill Downs stewards Monday morning concerning a controversy over a photo taken after this year's Kentucky Derby. The stewards are investigating whether Santos held something in his hand besides his whip when he crossed the finish line on May 3. Churchill Downs vice president John Asher said the stewards would hold a press conference at 2:00 p.m. (Eastern) Monday.
- By Tom LaMarra
A Kentucky Equine Drug Council committee has recommended that Iowa State University handle equine drug testing in Kentucky beginning Jan. 1, 2002. The Kentucky Racing Commission will vote on the recommendation at a meeting Dec. 19 in Lexington.
- By Tom LaMarra
Trainer Richard Saland, who filed a protest in connection with the July 4 Firecracker Handicap at Churchill Downs, said Tuesday he didn't plan to pursue the matter further for lack of evidence. Saland told the stewards he saw a veterinarian administer a milkshake to a Firecracker starter in the stakes barn earlier in the day.
A half-brother to Kentucky Derby winner Monarchos was misidentified and tattooed incorrectly, according to a report in the Louisville Courier-Journal.
A $1-million reduction in funding from the state has led the Kentucky Racing Commission to propose an increase in license fees. In some cases, the fees would triple, but commission officials said the hike is necessary to maintain basic services.
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