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Confab: Does Penalty Always Fit Crime?

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.

Racing Officials Group Sets Conference

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.

Dutrow, Desormeaux Meet, Mend Fences

Dutrow, Desormeaux Meet, Mend Fences

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.

'Suwannee' Outcome Appealed Again

'Suwannee' Outcome Appealed 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.

Hettel Named to Gulfstream Management Post

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.

Consistently Inconsistent

Consistently Inconsistent

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.

Hettel Named Judge for Gulfstream Park Meet

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.

Ex-Associate Steward Contradicts Fermin in Intercontinental Case

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.

Pat Valenzuela's Suspension Overturned by CHRB

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.

California Board Postpones PVal Hearing

California Board Postpones PVal Hearing

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.

Stewards To Meet on PVal Suspension July 15

Stewards To Meet on PVal Suspension July 15

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.

Coa Granted New Hearing on 30-Day Suspension

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).

Patrick Valenzuela Begins Long Ride Back

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.

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