Substance charges laid following Queensland stewards probe

Horse Racing Queensland, Australia.

AAP | | (23 Jun. 20) — Queensland stewards have charged 15 people, including 13 trainers, with buying unregistered substances after a state wide investigation over the past two months.

In a statement on Wednesday morning, the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission said it had informed 13 thoroughbred trainers, one stable hand and one jockey they had been charged with allegedly procuring substances or preparations in breach of the applicable legislation.

Those charged are trainers John Zielke, Jared Wehlow, Ricky Vale, Benjamin Williams, Christopher Tapiolas, Ian Shaw, Toni Schofield, Steven Royes, Kevin Miller, Darryl Hansen, Darryl Gardiner, Kristy Best, and Trinity Bannon, stablehand Andrew Minton and jockey Mark Barnham.

They are based in areas from the Sunshine Coast to central Queensland.

QRIC boss Ross Barnett said the alleged breaches were as a result of a state-wide investigation into the alleged procurement of substances or preparations in breach of Australian Rule of Racing 256(2)(a)(iii).

“The rule says: A person must not have in his or her possession or on his or her premises any medication, substance or preparation which has not been registered, labelled, prescribed, dispensed or obtained in accordance with applicable Commonwealth and State legislation,” Barnett said.

“All those charged have been notified and Stewards have requested submissions in writing or at an Inquiry on a date to be fixed.”

It is understood some of those charged face multiple offences while others face as few as one.

The charges relate to purchase or procuring substances but not administering, which is a more serious charge.

There have been several raids conducted by police on racing stables in Queensland this year but no information was available on whether Wednesday’s charges were related to those investigations.


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Venezuelans outraged by slaughter of racehorse for food

Venezuela racehorse slaughtered.

REPORTED BY THE NEW YORK POST (Jun. 13, 2020) — The grisly slaughter of a beloved racehorse is shining a light on just how desperate Venezuelans are for food as they struggle to survive their country’s economic collapse.

Ocean Bay, who galloped away with Venezuela’s most prestigious titles, was stolen and butchered Monday, sparking outrage that spread like wildfire across the country, The Associated Press reported.

“What a disgrace,” Ramón García, the stallion’s longtime trainer, tweeted. “This isn’t the Venezuela that I grew up in.”

Farmers and veterinarians have reported dozens of horses cut to pieces over the past few years as a recession has deepened into a depression. A UN World Food Program study earlier this year found one in three Venezuelans is going hungry.

The death of Ocean Bay hit particularly hard though, because of his fame and striking looks — a shining coffee-colored coat with an elegant white diamond-shaped streak on his face.

In 2016, the stallion snatched two of Venezuela’s three Triple Crown races. He sustained an injury but returned the next year to win five more races.

One illustrator posted portraits of Ocean Bay online; others blamed President Nicolás Maduro for letting the nation get into such a sorry state.

“This is painful for all of us,” Susana Raffalli, a nutrition expert who consults for relief agency Caritas Venezuela, wrote on social media. Read full article »

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CDI purchases 1,250 historical racing machines

Carved racehorses.

THE PAULICK REPORT via writes: Churchill Downs Incorporated (“CDI” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq: CHDN) announced Monday that it has entered into an agreement to purchase 1,250 historical racing machines (“HRMs”) from International Game Technology PLC (“IGT”).

The newly engineered IGT product will operate on Ainsworth Game Technology’s (“Ainsworth”) proprietary HRM system that was co-developed with CDI. These HRMs will feature many player-favorite themes on some of IGT’s highest performing hardware including the CrystalDual® 27, CrystalSlant™ and CrystalCurve™ cabinets and will leverage some of the most recognizable themes in the gaming industry such as Fortune Coin™, Griffin’s Throne™ and Stinkin’ Rich®.

HRMs are approved by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission and utilize the results of previously run live horse races to generate player outcomes. Continue reading »

Yes, let’s giving gamblers something other than live horse racing to keep them happy which in turn keep racehorses from being bred, wagered on and killed for their entertainment. This is the future. CDI are paving the way not in anyone’s interest but their own and generating mega profits — and the heartbeat of the entire horse racing industry — but we say hurrah if it takes racehorses out of the loop along the way.

Arrogate euthanized after suffering from undetermined illness

Thoroughbred racehorse Arrogate dead at age 7.

Update: Other racing nations are reporting that Arrogate died of a “mystery illness”. Interesting choice of words. Arrogate was worked on for four days in an attempt to keep him alive for breeding purposes. This after he had won his connections a record $17,422,600.

THE THOROUGHBRED DAILY NEWS (May 2, 2020) — ARROGATE (Unbridled’s Song–Bubbler, by Distorted Humor), the richest North American racehorse in history, was humanely euthanized Tuesday morning at Juddmonte Farms in Lexington, Kentucky, after suffering from an undetermined illness, Juddmonte Farms announced via press release. He was 7-years-old.

“It is with great sadness that Juddmonte confirms that Arrogate was euthanized this morning, after a battle to save him [from] an illness that began last week. It is still unclear what the illness was and a post -mortem is currently being carried out,” the release said.

Juddmonte Farms is a horse breeding farm, owned by Prince Khalid bin Abdullah of Saudi Arabia.

“Arrogate had a very successful breeding season this year, until last week when his breeding was suspended due to an initial suspected sore neck,” it continued. “Later in the week, he fell to the ground in his stall and efforts to get him back up proved unsuccessful. He was transported to the Hagyard Clinic under the care of Dr. Bob Hunt and Dr. Nathan Slovis with Dr. Steve Reed representing the insurance company.

“They worked tirelessly with the staff from the Hagyard Clinic eliminating all the obvious causes and performing all available tests, including spinal tap evaluation, X-ray, ultrasound, CT Scan and many blood tests.

“Unfortunately, Arrogate was still unable to stand after four exhausting days for him. His will to fight, so valuable to him on the racetrack, became a challenge in his care. When serious secondary health issues set in, the decision was made to put him to sleep.”

Trainer Bob Baffert told TDN after hearing the news, “I was crushed when I heard this. There is a real empty feeling. I feel bad for the people at Juddmonte because they were with him everyday.” Read more »

Arrogate finished his career with seven wins in 11 career starts and retired in 2017 at the age of 4 with $17,422,600 in earnings. He was sold to Juddmonte Farms for $560,000 at the 2014 Keeneland September Yearling Sale.

Getty Images. Why does Baffert use so much “junk” in a horse’s mouth? It’s brutal. He’s a cruel arse.

Any Bob Baffert trained horse is on heaven knows what kind of illicit cocktail of drugs and what the resulting damage might have been to the now dead Arrogate. In addition to the side effects that goes hand in hand with any type of drug, particularly administered in potentially lethal combinations, the withdrawal period itself could also have been damaging. It will be interesting to see what the necropsy results reveal, that’s if we can of course believe what they choose to publish.

Arrogate was no doubt a superb horse but sadly he will go down in history as one of Baffert’s “chemical horses”. The horse’s record will have an asterisk noting he ran during the egregious doping era currently underway — of which Baffert of course is king.

In the meantime, Baffert’s ego is as relentless as his cheating. Listen to this quote, “I have gotten to train three of the most gifted horses ever, American Pharoah, Justify and Arrogate.” Not only is Baffert a scoundrel of the highest proportion, he is a delusional one as well.

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