The Racing Officials Accreditation Program hopes to make progress this year on protocol that will keep horses placed on various lists from showing up and racing at other tracks while ineligible under current guidelines.
Nearly three decades of service in the Del Mar stewards' booth will come to an end for steward Tom Ward after the final race Nov. 29 at the California racetrack.
Darrel McHargue, the Eclipse Award-winning jockey who began a new career as a racing official in 1988, was appointed Oct. 22 by the California Horse Racing Board to the newly created position of chief steward.
The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission has suspended Graham Motion for five days and fined the trainer $500 for a medication overage in Bewitch Stakes (gr. IIIT) winner Kitten's Point. Motion has appealed the ruling.
Trainer Julio Canani was suspended by Santa Anita Park stewards Oct. 4, effective Oct. 26 through Nov. 30, 2016, for "conduct detrimental to racing."
New York stewards reach out to media, public
Beginning July 27 at Saratoga Race Course, Erinn Higgins will become the first female steward at the Saratoga Springs track, serving as alternate state steward for the New York State Gaming Commission under Steve Lewandowski.
The transition to California's new whip rule appeared seamless on the first racing day under the mandate July 2 at Los Alamitos Race Course.
The New York State Gaming Commission announced a major new transparency initiative at its May 26 meeting. It has begun posting weekly reports from the New York Racing Association tracks, and will expand it to others.
Three veteran racing officials accredited by the Racing Officials Accreditation program have been approved by the Minnesota Racing Commission to serve as stewards at Canterbury Park.
The Racing Officials Accreditation Program, on its 2015 list of points of emphasis, is encouraging the horse racing industry to develop regulations to deal with the issue of program trainers.
Recommendations for new protocols for stewards, outriders, and racetracks have been adopted by the West Virginia Racing Commission as a result of a two-horse collision during a race at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races.
Trainer Juan Vazquez, who witnesses say was involved in a scuffle June 23 with jockey Trevor McCarthy at Delaware Park, was suspended for 90 days by the track's stewards on June 26.
New York Racing Association stewards ruled May 19 that the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands and Preakness Stakes (both gr. I) winner will be allowed to wear a nasal strip in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) June 7.
Racing officials and regulators gathered April 1 acknowledged a need for transparency, consistency, and quick, cohesive action in response to high-profile incidents.
Gulfstream Park plans to enlist its stewards and public address announcer in an effort to provide bettors more information and greater transparency whenever there is a disqualification or objection on any of its races.
So called bridge-jumper bettors appeared home free when 2-5 favorite Paige's Prize rolled to a 12 1/2-length victory Feb. 25 in the first race at Beulah Park, but moments later their anticipated small profits would vanish.
Barbara Borden, a longtime racing official on the Kentucky circuit, was named state racing steward effective April 1, the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission announced March 20.
John Veitch, who was dismissed Nov. 28 from his position as chief steward for the state of Kentucky, has filed an appeal of the action by the Public Protection Cabinet, contending he was improperly dismissed.
Head to head races highlight first day of last week of racing read blog
Possible friction among KHRC staff was part of testimony June 30 on the third and final day of a hearing to examine whether state chief steward John Veitch violated racing regulations.
Starting July 23 at Saratoga and continuing at Belmont Park and Aqueduct, the stewards' race-day decisions involving the official order of finish will be communicated via the simulcast feed and will also be posted to NYRA.com
- By Tom LaMarra
Chances are many more officials in the horse racing industry support uniform regulations a lot more than they support uniform penalties -- at least beyond a literal interpretation.
The trainer and identifier involved in an incident in which the wrong horse ran in a Nov. 19 race at Beulah Park have been fined and suspended by the track's stewards.
The Racing Officials Accreditation Program is holding its first Conference on Officiating Horse Racing, during the University of Arizona's Race Track Industry Program's Symposium on Racing & Gaming.
The board of stewards at River Downs has ruled two Thoroughbreds -- one of which had earned more than $100,000 -- aren't registered Ohio-bred horses, and their owners must repay the earnings.
Trainer Rick Dutrow's initial displeasure over Kent Desormeaux's ride aboard Triple Crown hopeful Big Brown in the June 7 Belmont Stakes (gr.I) had abated quite a bit the morning of June 11, after he met with the Hall of Fame jockey. Dutrow said Desormeaux, who eased Big Brown at the top of the stretch in the Belmont, would have the mount when the colt races again.
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.
Former NYRA executive Bill Nader is visiting from Hong Kong, where he's the director of racing at the Hong Kong Jockey Club.
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.
- By Ray Paulick
By Ray Paulick - I had to go all the way to Dubai to hear a panel discussion about how racing officials in various American jurisdictions have different interpretations about the most basic rules infraction.
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.
The Delaware Thoroughbred Racing Commission's annual evaluation of stewards could be used as a model for other states, a commission official said.
In a March 15 declaration given under penalty of perjury, a former California associate steward stated the director of Del Mar security said he forwarded information about the mare Intercontinental getting a late Salix shot to the board of stewards, California Horse Racing Board investigators, and CHRB executive director Ingrid Fermin well before the running of the Palomar Handicap (gr. II) last Sept. 3.
New York stewards handed out some of the toughest penalties in years when they slapped jockeys Jose Espinoza and Pablo Fragoso with 30-day bans following a wild confrontation during Sunday's sixth race at Aqueduct.
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.
The California Horse Racing Board is accepting applications through Feb. 8 for a stewards examination to develop a list of qualified candidates from which future stewards can be selected.
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.
The California Horse Racing Board is scheduled to meet Jan. 7 in executive session to discuss an administrative law judge's ruling regarding the suspension of rider Patrick Valenzuela.
- By Ron Mitchell
The Kentucky Racing Authority has voted to ask Gov. Ernie Fletcher to approve an emergency regulation to broaden the scope of persons who can qualify as stewards appointed by the agency.
The California attorney general's office has postponed indefinitely Thursday's scheduled formal hearing by Hollywood Park stewards concerning the summary suspension of jockey Pat Valenzuela, which went into effect July 2.
Hollywood Park stewards will conduct a formal hearing concerning the summary suspension of jockey Pat Valenzuela on Thurs., July 15, at Hollywood Park, the California Horse Racing Board announced.
Aqueduct's leading trainer Richard Dutrow, Jr. was warned and cleared during a Friday meeting with stewards to discuss the circumstances that caused him to scratch all four of his runners off last Sunday's program.
- By Scott Davis
Jockey Eibar Coa will receive a new hearing before the Gulfstream Park stewards on a 30-day suspension he was levied for "rough riding" aboard Mr. Livingston in the Jan. 26 Fort Lauderdale Handicap (gr. IIIT).
Leading owner/breeder Harry T. Mangurian Jr. and California senior steward Pete Pedersen have been named co-recipients of the Eclipse Award of Merit.
Jockey Patrick Valenzuela, who turns 39 Wednesday, had an informal meeting Sunday with three stewards at Santa Anita Park to begin the process of obtaining a license to exercise horses. Valenzuela, winner of the 1989 Kentucky Derby aboard Sunday Silence, has not ridden since February, 2000, when he was suspended for the latest in a series of drug violations. The rider applied to be relicensed one year later, but that request was rejected.
Wednesday's opening-day program at Bay Meadows was marred by a spill in the day's eighth and final race that was declared no contest by stewards after only four of the original nine starters crossed the finish line.
Stewards suspended jockey Norberto Arroyo, Jr., for 10 days Thursday for careless riding aboard Pretty Boundary in Aqueduct's fourth race on Nov. 29.
Aqueduct stewards suspended jockey Randy Persaud for seven days for what they said was careless riding.
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