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California Pari-Mutuel Clerks' Rep Outlines Tote Problems

Pari-mutuel clerks in California said they are experiencing numerous problems with the state's tote system machinery and are concerned with the racing board's consideration of eliminating a four-second cancellation delay that gives them a last-gasp chance to correct a mistake.

Tougher Drug Sanctions Coming in California?

Encouraged by Santa Anita's recent success uncovering excessive levels of sodium bicarbonate, the California Horse Racing Board's medication committee Wednesday tackled a wide range of other complicated issues with an eye to future technology and tougher penalities.

Trainer Frank Monteleone Settles Fraud Case

California trainer Frank Monteleone has reached settlement with two clients that a district judge in Nevada found Monteleone had defrauded in the purchase and training of two European horses. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Jockeys' Guild, California Regulators Clash

Jockeys' Guild attorney Barry Broad said Jan. 20 he hoped to have legislation introduced this year that would prevent individuals with financial interest in the business from serving on the California Horse Racing Board.

Valenzuela Licensed to Resume Riding

Embattled jockey Patrick Valenzuela received his California riding license and is expected to be back in the saddle for the first time since last July on Jan. 15. Valenzuela, 42, received a conditional license (Jan. 13-Dec. 31) after he and his attorney, Neil Papiano, met Jan. 12 with Santa Anita Park stewards.

Fermin Jumps Into First Day as CHRB Chief

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Ingrid Fermin's first day as executive director of the California Horse Racing Board on Friday was an eventful one. Not only did the former steward have the Patrick Valenzuela controversy to deal with, but the e-mails and telephone calls went well into the night.

Pat Valenzuela's Suspension Overturned by CHRB

The California Horse Racing Board Friday cleared the way for jockey Pat Valenzuela to regain his riding license when it voted to adopt the ruling of an administrative law judge that overruled a board of stewards' suspension of the rider.

CHRB Panel to Look Into Jockeys' Insurance

California Horse Racing Board commissioner Richard Shapiro has established a special committee to investigate where an estimated $1 million per year California gives the Jockeys' Guild for the health and well-being of the state's jockeys goes and why most of the 1,200 Guild members nationwide were unaware their catastrophic accident insurance was allowed to lapse nearly two years ago.

CHRB Panel to Look Into Jockeys' Insurance

California Horse Racing Board commissioner Richard Shapiro has established a special committee to investigate where an estimated $1 million per year California gives the Jockeys' Guild for the health and well-being of the state's jockeys goes and why most of the 1,200 Guild members nationwide were unaware their catastrophic accident insurance was allowed to lapse nearly two years ago.

Shaking Things Up

By Ray Paulick -- There was something a bit unsettling about how the California racing industry began a crackdown in February 2004 against the use of "milkshakes"--the loading of bicarbonates through a stomach tube as a performance-enhancing aid in Thoroughbreds.

CHRB Questions Guild Rep on Rider Benefits

Recent reports that jockeys in many states don't have sufficient benefits to cover costs of catastrophic injuries sustained in riding accidents prompted some pointed remarks to a Jockey's Guild representative during the California Horse Racing Board Dec. 2 meeting at Hollywood Park.

Jockeys' Guild Continues Push on Scale of Weights

A controversial plan to increase the scale of weights for Thoroughbreds racing in California has been delayed until at least Dec. 2. But an attorney for the Jockeys' Guild, which is pushing the proposal, said riders remain determined to see it adopted.

CHRB Proposes Ban on Milkshakes

Use of alkalizing agents -- so-called "milkshakes" -- on horses would be illegal under a new regulation proposed Sept. 15 to the California Horse Racing Board.

'Let's Make a Deal'

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Deep disappointment with [CHRB executive director Roy] Wood's handling of drug issues prompted numerous horsemen, owners, and association officials to press for more surveillance of so-called "super trainers," as well as other private initiatives aimed at curtailing cheating, that are more stringent than the CHRB has been.

McCarron Supports Race-Day Detention Plan

Two race-day detention barns could be in place in time for the opening of Santa Anita's winter/spring meeting Dec. 26, track general manager Chris McCarron told an ad hoc security meeting of racing officials Sept. 2 at Del Mar.

West Nile Virus Killed Mare at Golden Gate

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The 5-year-old mare Quick Nip, who was euthanized Aug. 10 at Golden Gate Fields, was infected with West Nile Virus, the California Animal Health and Food Safety Laboratory at UC Davis confirmed.

Roy Wood to Retire From CHRB

Executive Director Roy Wood of the California Horse Racing Board announced that he intends to retire at the end of this year.

CHRB Holds Off on Decision Over Jockeys' Weight

The decision on whether to raise the scale of weights in California to a minimum of 118 pounds, not including equipment, remained on hold after more than two hours of discussion during the California Horse Racing Board's monthly meeting held Thursday at Del Mar.

Valenzuela's Suspension Upheld by Stewards

Jockey Patrick Valenzuela's suspension for the remainder of 2004 was upheld Friday by the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club Board of Stewards, which recommended that the California Horse Racing Board deny any future license applications from the rider.

CHRB Urged to Wait on Jockey Weight Standards

The California Horse Racing Board should hold off on changing the jockey scale of weights until a national effort can institute uniform standards across the country, racing representatives told the board during its meeting July 22 at the Del Mar simulcast facilty.

Valenzuela Suspended After One Day

The stewards at Hollywood Park summarily suspended jockey Patrick Valenzuela Friday until they can conduct a formal hearing after the jockey failed to provide samples of his hair for drug testing as required under terms of his conditional licensing agreement with the California Horse Racing Board.

Valenzuela Weighs Appeal to Ride in Belmont

Jockey Patrick Valenzuela, who was set to serve out the remaining 30 days for a recent suspension handed to him by the Calng Board during the month of June, is considering filing an appeal that will allow him to ride Mercedes Stables' and Madeleine Paulson's Preakness Stakes (gr. I) runner-up Rock Hard Ten in the June 5 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) at Belmont Park.
 

Judge Rules California Trainer Defrauded Owners

California trainer Frank Monteleone and assistant trainer Linda Mikus have been found liable for compensatory and punitive damages plus interest totaling $635,000 as the result of a civil suit brought against them by two horse owners who were clients of Monteleone's.

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