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CHRB sets two-day minimum for jockey suspensions

The California Horse Racing Board on Thursday approved a rule that will require stewards to assess a minimum two-day suspension for a violation of the state’s riding rules.

Kentucky rescinds ractopamine penalties given to Arnold, Sharp

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Kentucky rescinds penalties given to Arnold, Sharp

Kentucky’s stewards have rescinded the penalties they handed down last week to the trainers Rusty Arnold and Joe Sharp after Kentucky Horse Racing Commission personnel raised doubts about the validity of positive test results for ractopamine from nearly 18 months ago, according to racing commission officials.

Gluck study to address injury, illness in 2-year-olds

The University of Kentucky’s Gluck Equine Research Center is conducting a study to examine the rate of injury and illness in North American 2-year-old Thoroughbreds in training.

Herpes scare at Belmont puts hurt on Laurel's Saturday card

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Ms Locust Point figures a short price in the Grade 2 Barbara Fritchie.

The equine herpesvirus scare at Belmont Park dealt a serious blow to a very good Winter Carnival card at Laurel Park on Saturday as 14 New York-based horses have been scratched to protect the local horse population from coming in contact with any horses that may have been exposed to the disease.

A filly, Ladies Day, was euthanized Friday at Belmont with what is thought to be equine herpes myeloencephalopathy (EHM, the neurological strain of the virus). Barn 10 at Belmont, where she was stabled, has been placed under quarantine.

Aqueduct disqualification based on carrying incorrect weight spurs controversy

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Aqueduct disqualification based on incorrect weight spurs controversy

OZONE PARK, N.Y – The Aqueduct stewards have disqualified Wildcat Belle from first place in the fifth race at Aqueduct on Feb. 8 because she didn’t carry the proper weight, according to a stewards ruling.

Wildcat Belle, trained by David Cannizzo, was entered on Feb. 3 for the Feb. 8 race. At that time, based on her record, she was assigned to carry 121 pounds. However, Wildcat Belle won a race at Parx on Feb. 5. With that victory, under the conditions, Wildcat Belle should have carried 123 pounds in the Feb. 8 race at Aqueduct.

Hastings and Emerald create bonus series for 3-year-olds

VANCOUVER, British Columbia - Cross-border cooperation between Hastings Racecourse and Emerald Downs has resulted in a bonus series for 3-year-olds called the Northwest Triple. The tracks will award a $100,000 bonus to any horse that can sweep the three major races for 3-year-olds at Hastings and Emerald Downs.

Thoroughbred Center quarantines barn after equine herpesvirus positive

A barn at the Thoroughbred Center, a training facility outside Lexington, Ky., has been placed in quarantine after a horse there exhibited signs of equine herpesvirus and tested positive for being exposed to the disease, according to the Kentucky Office of the State Veterinarian.

Instant Racing bill advances in Virginia

The Virginia House of Delegates has passed a bill that would allow the operator of Colonial Downs to install so-called Instant Racing machines at the track and any of the 10 offtrack betting parlors allowed under Virginia law, setting up a debate in the state Senate as early as next week.

Handle down fractionally last season in California

Handle on all horse races in California, number of racing days, starters, and average field size declined during the 2016-2017 season compared to 2015-2016, according to data released by the California Horse Racing Board on Tuesday.

The data was part of an annual report published on the racing board’s website providing an overview on a variety of business and sporting activities in California’s Thoroughbred, Quarter Horse, and harness racing circuits.

Jockey Club denies stud book privileges to three trainers

The Jockey Club will deny stud-book privileges to three trainers who have had medication violations in the past two years, the organization announced on Tuesday, although two of the trainers have not started a horse since penalties for the violations were handed down.

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