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  • Keeneland

    Single EHV-1 Positive Discovered at Keeneland

    Following tests of horses quarantined at two Keeneland barns following a positive for equine herpesvirus "wild strain" reported Jan. 21 at Turfway Park, a single horse at the Lexington track tested positive for EHV-1.

  • The New York State Gaming Commission is moving forward on new drug testing and recordkeeping rules.

    New York Regulators Act on Drug Testing, Records Rules

    New York racing regulators on Jan. 23 gave preliminary approval to an expansion of equine drug testing and recordkeeping rules, as well as to set a minimum set of penalties to be imposed on trainers and others with repeated equine drug violations.

  • Gun Runner

    Gun Runner Likely Out of Pegasus World Cup

    Barring significant changes in discussions between Gulfstream Park officials and the connections of Gun Runner, the Candy Ride colt will not make it to the South Florida racetrack for the $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1) Jan. 28.

  • Mo Tom won the 2016 edition of the Lecomte.

    Fair Grounds, Horsemen Rise to Challenge

    Entries for the five stakes races on Saturday's card that also were offered on last year's card total 48. That total of 48 is up five horses from the number of runners in last year's five stakes on Lecomte day.

  • The rules go before the state's Gaming Commission board Jan. 23

    NY Proposes Sweeping Equine Drug, Record Rules

    New York racing regulators Jan. 20 released a set of proposed sweeping equine drug and recordkeeping rules that arose from the state's investigation into allegations made by PETA against trainer Steve Asmussen in 2013.

  • A horse trains at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots

    OBS Restricts Louisiana Horses from Upcoming Sale

    The equine herpesvirus outbreak at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots continues to have repercussions throughout the industry, with the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. becoming the second major sales company to restrict horses from Louisiana.

  • Dr. Bryan Waldridge treats Alphabet Soup in August.

    Alphabet Soup Progressing Under Cancer Treatment

    A cutting-edge cancer treatment has helped reduce skin cancer in 1996 Breeders' Cup Classic (G1) winner Alphabet Soup, who recently celebrated his 26th birthday at Old Friends Equine retirement home near Georgetown, Ky.

  • Fifth Fair Grounds Horse Positive for EHV-1

    Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots reported a fifth horse tested positive for Equine Herpesvirus, with the Louisiana Department of Agriculture allowing the horse to be released to a private farm where it will be kept in isolation.

  • Entire Fair Grounds Backstretch Under Quarantine

    Two horses on the backstretch at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots spiked temperatures Jan. 2. As a result of this development, the precautionary step has been taken to place the entirety of the Fair Grounds backstretch under quarantine. 

  • A horse trains in the early morning at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots

    Fair Grounds Barn Quarantined for EHV-1

    Officials with the State of Louisiana's Department of Agriculture have installed a quarantine on Barn 14 at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots after a horse residing in that barn tested positive for equine herpes virus.

  • Grayson, Partners Kick Off Kentucky Initiative

    The Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation has announced the launch of the Kentucky Initiative. Hallway Feeds, Hinkle Farms, the Keeneland Association, and Reynolds Bell Thoroughbred Services have joined as founding partners

  • Karen and Mickey Taylor flank Seattle Slew at Three Chimneys Farm in 2000.

    Mickey Taylor Pays Tribute to Slew's Surgeon

    Mickey and Karen Taylor were at Seattle Slew's side in his final years at Three Chimneys Farm, and paid gratitude to Dr. George Bagby, who invented the Bagby Basket and operated on Slew, giving him quality time late in life.

  • The California whip rule, which currently applies to racing, could soon apply to training, as well

    CHRB Considers Altering Training Rules

    The California Horse Racing Board's Medication, Safety, and Welfare Committee Dec. 14 moved forward three measures to adjust training regulations more into line with rules currently employed for racing.

  • Ed Martin

    ARCI Advances Multiple Violator Rule Changes

    The head of the ARCI believes recommended changes to the multiple medication violator provision of the National Uniform Medication Program will help states that have not adopted the provision put it in place.

  • Patti Strand at the Global Symposium on Racing and Gaming Dec. 7

    Symposium Panel Warns of Animal Rights Groups

    The horse industry was warned that animal rights groups will continue to seek to abolish racing through propaganda and legal fights in the coming years, according to panelists at the Global Symposium on Racing and Gaming Dec. 7.

  • medications prepared and laid out

    Jockey Club Opposes Multiple Violator Changes

    The Jockey Club plans to actively oppose changes to the current multiple medication violation penalty system currently on the agenda for the Association of Racing Commissioners International Model Rules Committee Dec. 8 in Tucson, Ariz.

  • John Ward

    Ward Joins Water Hay Oats Alliance

    Retired classic winning trainer and former executive director of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission John Ward has joined the Water, Hay, and Oats Alliance, which supports federal intervention to bring about national uniformity in medication policy.

  • Keeping Pace

    Proposed Multiple Medication Violator Changes

    Looking at proposed changes being considered for the multiple medication violation penalty system (MMV), it's not readily clear how these changes—when you just look at factors like reduced points for some infractions—would play out in the real world.

  • Sams

    Kentucky Drug Testing Lab Enjoys Expansion

    While the focus of the expanded LGC Science facility in Lexington will be on testing human-use supplements, as opposed to the lab's equine drug testing, the additional expertise on such supplements could provide crossover benefit.

  • New THA Website Aims to be Comprehensive

    The Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association on Nov. 30, launched its much anticipated website designed to provide a one-stop shop for important information, news, features, and commentary.

  • Attorney Liebman ROAP Event's Keynote Speaker

    Bennett Liebman, government lawyer in residence and an adjunct professor of law at the Albany Law School, will be the keynote luncheon speaker at the Racing Officials Accreditation Program Conference on Officiating Horse Racing Monday, Dec. 5,

  • Gulfstream Park

    Quarantine Lifted on Gulfstream Park Barn

    The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (Florida DOACS) has lifted its quarantine of a Gulfstream Park barn that had been the stable for a horse that died Nov. 6 from the highly contagious Equine Herpes Virus (EVH-1).