Gambling and horse racing

Gambling sustains horse racing. Without it, horse racing would shrivel up and blow away. History tells us so. Think the Seabiscuit story, brought to the nation's attention in the excellent book and movie by Lauren Hillenbrand. Let's take a look at what American Experience tells us about the time period, By the time the Great… Continue reading Gambling and horse racing

Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act passes House

The late Mongolian Groom, killed at the Breeder's Cup, Santa Anita, Calif.

WASHINGTON—Congressman Paul D. Tonko’s bipartisan national horse racing reform bill, H.R. 1754, the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act, passed the U.S. House of Representatives today. The bill has long been co-led by Congressman Andy Barr (R-KY) and would designate the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority to design and implement uniform national horse racing medication and racetrack safety standards. “After… Continue reading Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act passes House

NYT: More than 2 dozen charged in horse racing doping scheme

Maximum Security in the Cigar Mile. Photograph by Rob Mauhar.

Among those charged was Jason Servis, the trainer of Maximum Security — By Benjamin Weiser and Joe Drape | March 9, 2020 Federal prosecutors announced charges on Monday against more than two dozen racehorse trainers, veterinarians and drug distributors in a wide-ranging series of indictments that laid out a corrupt scheme to secretly dope horses… Continue reading NYT: More than 2 dozen charged in horse racing doping scheme

‘Making some changes’; Horseplayers association to re-engage

Horses jump out the gate at Penn National racecourse.

PRESS RELEASE (Nov 26, 2019) The Horseplayers Association of North America, a group that has tackled issues affecting bettors such as takeout rates and signal availability, is in a “fluid situation” as far as its future, says HANA President Jeff Platt. The group, which had annually released horseplayer-centric track ratings since 2009, never updated for… Continue reading ‘Making some changes’; Horseplayers association to re-engage

NM Racing Commission discusses safety rules changes

Teller All Gone euthanized. Jakob Schiller for NYT.

The Associated Press Reports: ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - The New Mexico Racing Commission is holding a public hearing Wednesday on a proposal to adopt stricter standards for horse racing. The commission will take testimony at its Albuquerque headquarters on model regulations developed by the Association of Racing Commissioners International. The move comes after a New… Continue reading NM Racing Commission discusses safety rules changes

Horse racing quote from days gone by about Bute holds up equally today

Dancer's Image in the Winner's Circle, 1968 Kentucky Derby.

While most of the debate on drugs in horse racing is currently focused on Lasix / Salix, the anti-bleeder medication given to every single horse who races in the US with very few exceptions, little is being said about Bute.  Bute is the drug most identified when discussing injury-masking drugs and racehorses. In a previous… Continue reading Horse racing quote from days gone by about Bute holds up equally today