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Motion ruling could impact absolute-insurer statute

Barbara D. Livingston
Graham Motion was originally given a five-day suspension for a methocarbomol positive.

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- A state court in Kentucky has ruled that the absolute-insurer rule enforced by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission violates the state constitution, a determination that could have far-reaching consequences in the regulation of medications and drugs across the United States.

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Brad Ezra, racetracker and horse owner, dies at 55

Brad “Railbird” Ezra, a longtime horseplayer and a horse owner at Woodbine and Fort Erie, passed away Aug. 12 from complications related to liver cancer at age 55.

Along with his brothers Maury and Daryl, who is a trainer at Fort Erie, Ezra sold the Daily Racing Form in his youth. In 2000, he bought a quarter-interest in his first horse, C’Mon Dawn. He had his greatest success as an owner with Lucky Tec, who won the 2004 Garden City Stakes and was voted Fort Erie’s Horse of the Year.

First year in the books, Equestricon founders planning for 2018

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – As the final panel at the inaugural Equestricon – a Thoroughbred racing convention, fan festival, and trade show – concluded, the event’s three founders converged in a group hug near the stage, exhibiting obvious relief at the success of an event that they expect to bring back here next year.

Handle on N.J. exchange wagers doubles from first-year average

Wagering on Thoroughbred races on the betting exchange launched by Betfair US in New Jersey in 2016 has nearly doubled since last year on a per-month basis, according to records obtained from the state’s racing commission.

Association of Racing Commissioners International to review penalties for medication violations

The Association of Racing Commissioners International, an umbrella group for racing commissions, will conduct a review of its recommended penalty guidelines for medication violations, the organization announced on Monday.

In a statement, the president of the RCI, Ed Martin, said the recommended penalty guidelines had not been reviewed “for many years” and suggested the group would consider stronger penalties for known performance-enhancing substances and weaker penalties for violations of regulated medications like phenylbutazone, a painkiller.

David Whiteley, trained Coastal to Belmont Stakes upset, dies at 73

David Whiteley, a three-time Racing Hall of Fame nominee who trained three champions and upset the great Spectacular Bid in the 1979 Belmont Stakes with Coastal, died Saturday of natural causes in Camden, S.C. He was 73.

Longtime friend and colleague John Veitch said he was informed by Whiteley’s ex-wife, Sharon Austin Whiteley, that Whiteley’s body was found by his housekeeper in his Camden home, where he had lived alone for years.

Indiana Grand stewards suspend Didiel Osorio for alleged possession of electrical device

Stewards at Indiana Grand have suspended jockey Didiel Osorio indefinitely for the alleged possession of an electric device in the fifth race on Aug. 10 there.

Osorio rode Deep Explorer to victory in the $16,000 turf claiming race for trainer Donald Habeeb, who co-owns the horse with Michael J. Thomas and Jeff W. Allen. Deep Explorer took heavy betting just before the start of the race and won by two lengths as the 7-10 favorite.

Kentucky commission puts brakes on exchange wagers

A request by Kentucky Downs to offer its races this September on a New Jersey betting exchange has been removed from the agenda of an Aug. 15 meeting of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, likely scuttling the plan for this year.

No consensus on where Supreme Court will land on challenge to sports betting law

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Among the legal experts, there is no consensus about whether the Supreme Court will throw out a federal law that largely prohibits states from offering gambling on sports, an issue that is being closely watched by the horseracing industry.

Lawmakers envision more independent NYRA

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Lawmakers supportive of the New York Racing Association expect to push for legislation giving the association greater power over the composition of its board and its future, the legislators said during a panel on the Saratoga Institute on Equine Racing and Gaming Law conference on Tuesday in Saratoga Springs, New York.

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