Keyword: Washington

  • More Organizations Join AHC 'Cavalry'

    The "Congressional Cavalry," organized by the American Horse Council and some of its member organizations in an effort to better serve the horse industry in Congress, continues to grow in numbers, officials said.

  • Rescued Cappucino Kid to Old Friends

    Cappucino Kid, an earner of nearly $250,000, was rescued from a feedlot in Washington State March 23 and is on his way to a new home at Old Friends, a Thoroughbred retirement facility near Georgetown, Ky.

  • AAHS Rally Draws More Than 100

    The anti-slaughter group Americans Against Horse Slaughter hosted a rally March 4-5 which drew about 100 people in Washington, D.C. to lobby for passage of the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act.

  • Washington Owners Back Rescue Farms

    Beginning with the 2008 season, horse owners at Emerald Downs can make contributions to accredited Thoroughbred rescue, retirement and rehabilitation facilities through a voluntary $1 per start minimum contribution from their horsemen's bookkeeper accounts.

  • Demon Warlock's first foal, a bay filly out of the stakes-winning mare Miss Manito.

    Demon Warlock Sires First Foal

    The first foal for Washington's 2004 Horse of the Year Demon Warlock was born Feb. 9 at Bob and Barbara Meeking's Allaire Farms in Poulsbo, Wash.

  • NTRA president and chief executive officer Alex Waldrop

    Waldrop to Testify on Capitol Hill

    National Thoroughbred Racing Association president and chief executive officer Alex Waldrop has been asked to testify in Washington, D.C., during a hearing titled "Drugs in Sports: Compromising the Health of Athletes and Undermining the Integrity of Competition."

  • U.S. Senate Approves Farm Bill

    The United States Senate passed its version of the Farm Bill Dec. 14 by a vote of 79 to 14. Included in the legislation is the Equine Equity Act, which would reduce the capital gains holding period for horses from two years to one and accelerate and make uniform the depreciation for racehorses over a three-year period.

  • Equine Equity Act Makes Progress

    The Equine Equity Act, which reduces the capital gains holding period for horses and shortens the depreciation schedule for racehorses, is part of the 2007 Farm Bill and could be approved by the United States Senate in a few days.

  • Internet Gambling Debate Lingers

    Efforts to formulate regulations for the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006 continue to be shadowed by a conflict between the United States and other countries over a trade dispute.

  • New Immigration Regulations to Impact Horse Industry

    The United States Departments of Homeland Security and Commerce in September will implement new immigration measures intended to improve border security, step up enforcement of immigration laws, streamline existing guest worker programs, and address the failures of the current immigration system, according to the American Horse Council.

  • Language Harmful to Horse Industry Stripped From Bill

    Weeks of lobbying by the horse industry proved successful the evening of Aug. 2, when the United States House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly to remove from the Agriculture Appropriations Act language that could have stymied the movement of horses by cutting off funding for inspections.

  • Immigration Bill Appears Dead--Indefinitely

    The United States Senate postponed action June 28 on comprehensive immigration reform--perhaps until after the 2008 November election--when an effort to limit debate on the Senate floor failed to garner enough votes.

  • Polish Gift's First Winner

    Polish Gift was represented by his first winner May 28 when his son Margo's Gift won at Emerald Downs.

  • Washington Stallion Petersburg Dead

    Guy Roberts reported the loss of his prominent stallion Petersburg Dec. 22. The 20-year-old son of Danzig, who had been ill the past few months, stood at Roberts' Guy Bar Farm near Sunnyside, Wash.

  • Anti-Slaughter Bill Still Awaits Vote in House

    Horse slaughter opponents will have to start from scratch next Congressional session despite last-minute efforts asking for a Senate vote on the issue. The 109th Congressional session adjourned for the holidays Dec. 8 without taking action on the bill.

  • Washington Yearling Sale Suffers Declines

    A <a href="http://www.stallionregister.com/sr_sire_page.asp?refno=1369240&origin=BHonline&result=1" target="_blank">Thunder Gulch</a> colt sold for $75,000 Tuesday to top the Washington Thoroughbred Breeders summer yearling sale at Emerald Downs.

  • Albert Johnson Among Washington Hall Picks

    Inducted into the National Racing Hall of Fame in 1971, jockey Albert Johnson is among the 2006 inductees to the Washington Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame. Enshrined alongside Johnson this year is the horse Sir William, trainer Francis Keller, and breeder C J Sebastian.

  • Horse Racing Safe as Internet Gambling Ban Passes

    The United States House of Representatives passed the Internet Gambling Prohibition and Enforcement Act July 11 by a vote of 317-93, but defeated an amendment that would extended the proposed ban on Internet gambling to horse racing and state lotteries by apparently superseding existing federal law.

  • Unwanted Horse Coalition Officially Under AHC Umbrella

    The Unwanted Horse Coalition, which started as the Unwanted Horse Summit during the American Horse Council convention in April 2005, is being folded into the American Horse Council. The possibility was discussed this April when the plan was presented to the AHC board of trustees.

  • Congressman Ed Whitfield, proposed funding plan for jockeys&#39; insurance.

    Jockeys in Favor of Amending 'Horseracing Act'

    Eclipse Award-winning jockey John Velazquez said he would be in favor of an amendment to the Interstate Horseracing Act of 1978 that would provide workers' compensation insurance for jockeys, exercise riders, trainers, and backstretch workers.

  • IHA Amendment Plan Progresses; Congress Sets Hearing

    A member of Congress from Kentucky has drafted two pieces of legislation that would amend the Interstate Horseracing Act of 1978 to provide dedicated funding for workers' compensation insurance for jockeys, exercise riders, trainers, and backstretch workers.

  • U.S. Rep. John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich) says regulation only way to gain control of online gambling.

    Legality of Interstate Wagering Raised at Internet Hearing

    As Congress continues to haggle over the scope and objective of the proposed Internet Gambling Prohibition Act, the racing industry again finds itself in disagreement with the Department of Justice over whether interstate simulcasts are legal under the federal law.

  • Small Washington Tracks Get Insurance Help

    Washington Governor Christine Gregoire has signed legislation designed to keep the state's four non-profit racetracks in business after they were staggered by the three-fold increase in jockey insurance that threatened their 2006 racing seasons.

  • Majesterian Dies of Heart Attack

    Majesterian, a son of Pleasant Colony owned by Drs. Lutz and Susanne Harfst, died March 22 of an apparent heart attack.

  • Horseracing Act Amendment May Be Ready in a Month

    A Congressman from Kentucky said legislation that would amend the Interstate Horseracing Act to provide workers' compensation insurance for jockeys, backstretch workers, and trainers could be ready for consideration in about four weeks.

  • Microchips, Equine Genomics on Horse Council Agenda

    The American Horse Council 2006 National Issues Forum will feature an all-day meeting of the Equine Species Working Group as well as a discussion on equine genomics, funding for which could be included in the next farm bill authored by Congress.

  • Washington Using Scan Fingerprint Technology

    Washington is introducing live scan fingerprint technology to the pari-mutuel industry as state racing commission officials begin to process the applications of owners, trainers, jockeys and other personnel for the opening of Emerald Downs' live Thoroughbred meet April 21.

  • Horse PAC Increases Size of Board of Directors

    The National Thoroughbred Racing Association has more than doubled the size of the board of directors of its political action committee in order to step up fund-raising efforts.

  • Most NTRA-Member Tracks Hike Jockeys' Insurance

    Nine racetracks have increased their minimum on-track accident insurance for jockeys to $500,000 or $1 million since a Nov. 17, 2005 Congressional subcommittee hearing at which lawmakers examined jockey health, welfare, and safety issues.

  • WTBA Mixed Sale Suffers Setbacks

    Business was down during the Washington Thoroughbred Breeders Association's winter mixed sale Sunday at Emerald Downs.