‘Reckless fraudster’ Jorge Navarro admits to global racehorse doping scheme

• US trainer faces up to five years in jail after guilty plea• Navarro won millions while coordinating illegal scheme We believed he was guilty of the charges against him, but we had no idea the range of his evildoings. We give you selected excerpts from the two best reports. —Editor. THE GUARDIAN reports: A… Continue reading ‘Reckless fraudster’ Jorge Navarro admits to global racehorse doping scheme

Blood doping racehorses

What counts as doping in horse racing? Just as with human athletes, certain drugs are banned outright in horse racing, including growth hormones, anabolic drugs that increase testosterone, and so-called blood doping drugs which allow the body to send more oxygen to the muscles. Dr Mary Scollay, in a letter to the Kentucky Horse Racing… Continue reading Blood doping racehorses

Horse Racing Ireland decline to comment on upcoming Panorama programme

Irish Times / Brian O'Connor Reporting / 13 Jul 2021 Horse Racing Ireland (HRI) has declined to comment ahead of a BBC Panorama programme next Monday which examines what happens to racehorses after their racing careers are finished. The programme, with a title ‘The Dark Side of Horse Racing’ is set to be broadcast at… Continue reading Horse Racing Ireland decline to comment on upcoming Panorama programme

Raid finds ‘Significant Amount of Contraband’ at Parx

REPORTED BY BLOODHORSE.COM 5/25/21 Raid carried out by the Pennsylvania State Horse Racing Commission. A recent raid on the backside of Parx Racing carried out by the Pennsylvania State Horse Racing Commission revealed "a significant amount of contraband," Tom Chuckas, the director of the Thoroughbred Horse Racing Bureau at the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, said during a… Continue reading Raid finds ‘Significant Amount of Contraband’ at Parx

Kentucky Derby bettors suing Bob Baffert and seeking his removal from horse racing

BREAKING NEWS | Louisville Courier-Journal | Tim Sullivan Read it at Courier-Journal.com With Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit favored to win the second leg of racing's Triple Crown Saturday at Pimlico, trainer Bob Baffert stands accused of fraud, racketeering and negligence in a pair of class-action lawsuits -- one that seeks his removal from thoroughbred… Continue reading Kentucky Derby bettors suing Bob Baffert and seeking his removal from horse racing

Kentucky Horse Racing Commissioners have business ties with Baffert, PETA says

PRESS RELEASE | 11 MAY 2021 Louisville, Ky. – PETA is calling on the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KHRC) to explain how it will deal with conflicts of interest that may arise in adjudicating an alleged drug violation by Bob Baffert, given that three commissioners appear to have business ties with the trainer. The letter to the commission,… Continue reading Kentucky Horse Racing Commissioners have business ties with Baffert, PETA says

Will Baffert get away unscathed…again?

Twitter is alive with Baffert tweets. No surprise there. Not much support out there for him in or out of horse racing this time around. Perhaps horse racing is at long last finally fed up with Baffert and the damage he has done. Not that he stands alone in that department. There are plenty of… Continue reading Will Baffert get away unscathed…again?

McConnell Bill authorizes strict control of medications in training

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ARCI PRESS RELEASE (Sept 24, 2020) — The federally sanctioned authority empowered by newly proposed legislation by Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell will be able to impose strict controls on the use of any therapeutic medications administered to a “covered horse”, effectively setting the stage for a program that could require a veterinarian to receive prior permission before… Continue reading McConnell Bill authorizes strict control of medications in training

Racing: New KY medication rules

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THE BLOODHORSE reports: With new equine medication rules expected to go into effect the evening of Aug. 25, the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission has been working to get the word out about the expected new policies. KHRC equine medical director Bruce Howard said he has reached out to Kentucky horsemen and vets, as well as… Continue reading Racing: New KY medication rules

CHRB agree to investigate Justify scopolamine issue to settle lawsuit

Trainer Bob Baffert and Justify. Alex Evers/Eclipse Sportswire/Getty Images.

Mick Ruis announced on July 24, 2020, that he has reached an agreement in principle with the California Horse Racing Board (CHRB) regarding a settlement of pending litigation in Los Angeles County Superior Court. The preliminary agreement is intended to resolve claims against the CHRB for failure to hold a purse disqualification hearing related to… Continue reading CHRB agree to investigate Justify scopolamine issue to settle lawsuit