Keyword: whips

  • Racing regulators want to place more investigators on the backstretch

    Regulators Discuss Adding Backstretch Investigators

    In an era where some states have faced cuts to their budgets, racing regulators talked April 19 about creative ways to place more investigators on the backstretch as a way of discovering wrongdoing and deterring future bad behavior.

  • Sherwood Chillingworth, Oak Tree's executive vice president

    Oak Tree Approved to Operate Pleasanton Meet

    The Oak Tree Racing Association is back in the race business following a 3 1/2-year absence with the approval of its application to conduct the Alameda County Fair meet by the California Horse Racing Board April 25.

  • Fairplex Park Makes Safety Upgrades

    Fairplex Park has upgraded its safety and emergency care efforts for the 2009 meet, which begins Sept. 10 and runs through Sept. 28 at the Southern California track.

  • Burdensome Paperwork Focus of KHRC

    Problems associated with having the necessary paperwork transferred in an efficient and timely matter for horses that move from state to state to compete were the focal point of discussion at the Dec. 15 meeting of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission.

  • Kentucky Derby Trail: Lessons to be Learned From SA Derby

    Before the entries are drawn for this weekend's big Kentucky Derby (gr. I) preps, and the races can be fully analyzed, this is a good time to briefly take one more look back at last weekend's Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) and offer a few odds and ends about the upcoming races.

  • New Whip Rule for Steeplechase Jockeys

    The National Steeplechase Association has adopted a new whip rule beginning with its April 3 racing at Southern Pines, N.C. The new rule requires the use of a cushioned, shock-absorbent whip by all jockeys. The change in the rule follows that of the English Jockey Club and was created to improve the racing conditions for Thoroughbred horses competing in NSA events.

  • Why, Daddy?

    <i>By Steve Montemarano </i> -- The flagrant use of the whip in horse racing is out of step with how society has changed over the decades. What was once tolerated may now be perceived as wrong.

  • British Jockey Club Amends Whip Rules

    The British Jockey Club has just amended its whip rules, recommending that jockeys, both in jump and Flat racing, carry whips that have shock-absorbing characteristics. The recommending of these whips is set to be the first step before it is made compulsory for jockeys to carry them as they do not mark horses. Leading jump jockeys are due to try out a new whip, modified by Robert Patton of Old Mill Saddlery, Northern Ireland, from the revolutionary Aircush whip which was launched in 1999,, within the next couple of weeks.