Bob’s burning bucks on yet another lawsuit; this time the NYRA

We have lost track of the lawsuits Baffert has been filing since Medina Spirit's tossed out Kentucky Derby win. But this is likely his latest. Sigh. The following comes via The Spun via TMZ Sports. "As two-time Triple Crown winning trainer Bob Baffert continues to deal with the fallout of Medina Spirit’s failed drug test, he’s now filing a… Continue reading Bob’s burning bucks on yet another lawsuit; this time the NYRA

Baffert suing Kentucky Horse Racing Commission

June 9, 2021 KABC reports on 9th June 2021: "Trainer Bob Baffert is suing the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, calling for more tests of Derby winner Medina Spirit. Baffert continues to argue the banned substance found in the horse’s blood was the product of a topical ointment, not an injection. Baffert faces a two-year suspension… Continue reading Baffert suing Kentucky Horse Racing Commission

Derby winner Medina Spirit tests positive for regulated drug, trainer Bob Baffert says he’ll fight it

Smiling Bob Baffert.

Well, well, well. Bob Baffert is under serious scrutiny once again. However, "Teflon Bob" may not get away with it this time. Medina Spirit, the Bob Baffert-trained horse who won the 2021 Kentucky Derby, tested positive for a regulated drug, betamethasone, putting Baffert's 7th Kentucky Derby win under a black cloud. Look at this. You… Continue reading Derby winner Medina Spirit tests positive for regulated drug, trainer Bob Baffert says he’ll fight it

Federal bill may incentivize States to defund anti-doping and medication rule enforcement

ARCI PRESS RELEASE (Sept 25, 2020) — The newly proposed Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act of 2020 (S.4547) may provide an incentive for States to defund existing anti-doping and medication rule enforcement programs according to an analysis being prepared for the Association of Racing Commissioners International so the group can help achieve a “smooth transition”… Continue reading Federal bill may incentivize States to defund anti-doping and medication rule enforcement

Long Island man who stole horse drugs to sell at racetrack is indicted

Belmont Stakes. Belmont Park. ©2014 Eclipse Sportswire.

THE NEW YORK POST (by Tamar Lapin) He got knocked off his high horse. Federal authorities on Thursday reined in a Long Island pharmaceutical company employee who allegedly swiped hundreds of thousands of dollars in horse drugs from his work — and then sold them directly to veterinarians and trainers. Gregory Settino, 58, was arrested… Continue reading Long Island man who stole horse drugs to sell at racetrack is indicted

Innovative Tools to Detect Lameness and Pre-existing Injury in Racehorses

Mongolian Groom. Sports Illustrated image.

By JANE ALLIN LAMENESS LOCATOR Lameness is a term used to describe a horse’s change in gait, usually in response to pain in a limb that can occur due to a wide variety of causes (e.g. degenerative joint disease, laminitis, infection). Some conditions are more easily diagnosed and treated than others, which may only cause… Continue reading Innovative Tools to Detect Lameness and Pre-existing Injury in Racehorses

James Gagliano promotes horse racing bill that can put fox back in charge of the henhouse

Who is James Gagliano? Gagliano is the president and chief operating officer of The Jockey Club, which is a member of the Coalition for Horse Racing Integrity. Gagliano wrote an article for "The Hill", Washington D.C.'s influential blog entitled, "Restoring integrity to horse racing". Pretty much the only bit of information in Gagliano's composition that… Continue reading James Gagliano promotes horse racing bill that can put fox back in charge of the henhouse

Will federal legislation save American racing or help its horses? Don’t bet on it!

by JANE ALLIN On July 16, 2015 Congressmen Andy Barr (R-KY) and Paul Tonko (D-NY), the co-chairs of the Congressional Horse Caucus, introduced the bipartisan Thoroughbred Horseracing Integrity Act of 2015 (H.R. 3084). The rationale behind the legislation is to establish a solitary, impartial organization that would create and enforce uniform national anti-doping regulations for… Continue reading Will federal legislation save American racing or help its horses? Don’t bet on it!

Competition Horse Medication Ethics, Part 1 of 2

By SID GUSTAFSON, DVM Practitioner/Equine Behaviour Educator, Bozeman, MT Part 1 of 2 Appreciation of the evolved nature and behavior of horses provides the foundation for the veterinary care of equine athletes. The establishment of a veterinary patient client relationship (VCPR) is instrumental in providing ethical care for the competition horse. Ethical veterinary practice supports… Continue reading Competition Horse Medication Ethics, Part 1 of 2

Despite a Triple Crown all that glitters is not gold in American horse racing (Part 3)

Eight Belles Memorial & Horse Racing Headstones at the Kentucky Derby. Source: Flickr.

by JANE ALLIN Part 3 of 3 THE OTHER END OF THE RABBIT HOLE Claiming Races This brings us to the claiming races. From available information, probably over 70% of races taking place in North America are claiming races. One a horse wins — or breaks his maiden — that number rises. Claiming races have… Continue reading Despite a Triple Crown all that glitters is not gold in American horse racing (Part 3)