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Jury Out on Rebates, Computer Bets

Jury Out on Rebates, Computer Bets

There may not be imminent decisions in the ongoing debate over high-volume betting shops and computer-assisted wagering. The industry remains split on mechanisms that have increased or shifted pari-mutuel handle, depending on the point of view.

Model Rule on Steroid Use Blasted

Model Rule on Steroid Use Blasted

The model rule regulating use of anabolic steroids in racehorses is flawed and not based on scientific evidence, and the current state-by-state roll out of the regulations is problematic, horsemen's representatives said Jan. 25.

KHRA Studies Past-Posting Incident

KHRA Studies Past-Posting Incident

The Kentucky Horse Racing Authority will form a subcommittee to investigate an incident in which wagering on a Fair Grounds race at Keeneland remained available while a race was in progress, officials said Dec. 17.

Trainer Norman Charged with DWI

Trainer Norman Charged with DWI

Trainer Cole Norman was arrested and charged Nov. 26 with driving while intoxicated, hit and run, simple criminal property damage, and possession of the drugs Lortab and Xanax without a prescription in his hometown of Haughton, La.

National HBPA Sets Meeting Forums

The National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association will address rebates, computer-assisted wagering, equine drug testing, immigration, and other issues during its winter convention scheduled for Jan. 24-28, 2008, in New Orleans.

Louisiana Sale to Offer 431 Horses

The Breeders Sales Company of Louisiana will offer 431 horses at its annual yearling sale, followed by a mixed session. The sale is set for Oct. 15-16 at the Ike Hamilton Equine Exposition Center in West Monroe, La.

Evangeline Downs Concludes a Successful Season

Evangeline Downs Racetrack & Casino's recently concluded 2007 spring/summer season showed across-the-board gains in several major categories, including total handle, on-track handle, purse distribution, and average field size for the 89-night meet.

State Sales Tax on Claims Dropped in Louisiana

People who claim Thoroughbreds and Quarter Horses at any licensed racetrack in Louisiana are no longer required to pay a state sales tax under a new law, the Louisiana Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association has announced.

Norman Suspension Upheld in Louisiana

The Louisiana Racing Commission on Friday upheld trainer Cole Norman's six-month suspension and $1,000 fine for two separate incidents late last year involving total carbon dioxide violations.

Louisiana HBPA Says No to TVG Exclusive Deal

The Louisiana Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association has decided not to consent to the sending of the signal from Evangeline Downs Racetrack & Casino to TVG under the current exclusive arrangement between the track and racing network.

Count the Time Filly Tops 2-Year-Old Sale at Evangeline Downs

Iknowuthinkimsexy became the sale topper at the March 18 John Franks Memorial 2-year-old in training and paddock sale and the highest-priced horse in the sale's five year history at Evangeline Downs when she fetched a winning bid of $135,000. Though the sale sold more 2-year-olds this year, averages dipped slightly.

Chaplaincy Launches Disaster-Aid Response Program

Chaplaincy Launches Disaster-Aid Response Program

The Racetrack Chaplaincy of America has launched "White Horse Riders," a group of specially trained RTCA chaplains who will deploy to assist racing-related victims during disasters in areas where racing workers and racetracks are adversely affected.

Asmussen Case Remains in Dispute in New Mexico

Asmussen Case Remains in Dispute in New Mexico

The New Mexico Racing Commission denied a settlement proposal from an attorney representing trainer Steve Asmussen, who is battling a six-month suspension after one of his horses tested positive for a prohibited Class 3 drug in March.

Norman Gets Six-Month Suspension in Louisiana

Trainer Cole Norman was suspended for six months and fined $1,000 by the Delta Downs stewards after two horses he saddled in the Jean Lafitte Stakes Nov. 3 at Delta Downs tested in excess of the permitted levels of total carbon dioxide (TCO2).

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