by JANE ALLIN Part 2 of 3 WE THREE KINGS OF RACE CHEATING ARE Baffert, Pletcher and Asmussen may not always be the top three trainers on the list when it comes to racehorse doping violations but they seem to very near the top if not always on the top. Notwithstanding that, the names of… Continue reading Despite a Triple Crown all that glitters is not gold in American horse racing (Part 2)
Researched and Written by JANE ALLIN Unlike some other organized sports in America, such as baseball, football and basketball, horse racing differs in several ways. Not only does it lack centralization in the form of a governing body to oversee regulatory policies and mandates, but it also does not provide its players with contractual salaries.… Continue reading A lust to win, an incentive to cheat: The stain on American Thoroughbred racing
As Barry Bonds neared Hank Aaron's all-time home run record, the media questioned whether Bonds' record -- if he and when he broke Aaron's -- should be denoted with an asterisk due to his alleged steroid usage. It garnered a lot of attention for a long time, and tarnished the image of Major League Baseball.… Continue reading If I’ll Have Another wins the Triple Crown should it be denoted with an asterisk?
The Blood-Horse reports that Algorithms is off the Derby trail due to a "fractured splint bone" revealed in an x-ray of the colt's right front leg. Algorithms is the first horse off the 2012 Kentucky Derby trail. Can we expect more? Sadly we can if last year is anything to go by. A number of… Continue reading Algorithms injured, first horse off the 2012 Derby trail
Ron Mitchell, writing for the Blood-Horse, reports: John Veitch, chief steward for the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission who was the subject of an investigation into the Life At Ten situation during the 2010 Breeders’ Cup World Championships, was dismissed from his position Nov. 28. The action comes in the midst of a hearing officer completing… Continue reading Chief Steward Veitch dumped by KHRC prior to Life at Ten report
Cross-posted from ESPN via the Daily Racing Form Life At Ten, the two-time Grade 1 winner whose last-place finish in the 2010 Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic created one of the year's biggest controversies, has been retired from racing. David Vance, manager of Candy DeBartolo's racing stable, said Life At Ten will sell in the Keeneland… Continue reading Controversial racemare Life at Ten retired to the sales arena
U.S. Horse racing is riddled with hypocrisy, especially when it comes to the punishments and rewards it metes out to its two-legged participants. We will save our remarks on how it treats its four-legged participants for other posts. A case in point is the Life at Ten controversy, a prime example why American horse racing… Continue reading $10K fine for Life at Ten jockey Velazquez for going easy for no good reason
By VIVIAN GRANT Okay, we all know that racehorses get doped up all the time by everybody. Sometimes it's even legal. Todd Pletcher got caught and where of all places but the biggest horse racing palooza of them all, that equine pimpfest, the Breeder's Cup. The AP tells us: "Wait a While, third-place finisher in… Continue reading Horse dopes (US)