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Updates on Notable Hearings, Rulings, Medication Issues and Ongoing Investigations in the Horse Racing Industry
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Florida Lab Accredited by RMTC Laboratory Program - BloodHorse

Florida Lab Accredited by RMTC Laboratory Program - BloodHorse | Racing Regulatory Issues | Scoop.it
The Horseracing Testing Laboratory Committee of the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) voted this week to fully accredit the University of Florida Racing Laboratory (UFRL) pursuant to the RMTC Laboratory Accreditation Program.
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2 more trainers at Penn National Race Course charged with rigging races by illegally doping horses

2 more trainers at Penn National Race Course charged with rigging races by illegally doping horses | Racing Regulatory Issues | Scoop.it
DAUPHIN COUNTY -- Two more horse trainers at Penn National Race Course have been accused of rigging races, based on information provided by a Lancaster veterinarian already indicted on federal charges, Dauphin County investigators say.

John D. Conner, 50, of Hershey, and Bruce Kravets, 63, of Harrisburg, are charged with rigging a publicly exhibited contest. The trainers are accused of illegally administering drugs to horses with 24 hours of racing on the Penn National track, then backdating the dosing dates to avoid scrutiny by the Pennsylvania State Racing Commission.
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International Authorities to Combat Gene Doping - BloodHorse

International Authorities to Combat Gene Doping - BloodHorse | Racing Regulatory Issues | Scoop.it
Two leading world organizations, the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA) and the International Stud Book Committee (ISBC), are to work together on ways to combat gene doping in Thoroughbreds.
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A Crucial Moment For NJ Horse Racing Subsidy Bill And Tracks' Fates

A Crucial Moment For NJ Horse Racing Subsidy Bill And Tracks' Fates | Racing Regulatory Issues | Scoop.it
Operators at Monmouth Park and Meadowlands Racetrack and elected officials present varying levels of optimism about a key $20M subsidy bill.
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COA reverses default ruling against race horse veterinarian 

The Indiana Court of Appeals reversed a decision that found a Hoosier racehorse veterinarian in default without a hearing in a disciplinary action against him by Indiana Horse Racing Commission. Joseph Baliga is a licensed veterinarian who specializes in the care and treatment of racehorses. While working at Anderson Hoosier Park in September 2016, a security officer reported that he had seen Baliga give a banned substance to a horse. Baliga faced two disciplinary proceedings by the Indiana Horse Racing Commission — under 71 I.A.C. . . .
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Human sewage to blame for horse’s positive dope test

Human sewage to blame for horse’s positive dope test | Racing Regulatory Issues | Scoop.it
The horse’s rider has been cleared of any wrongdoing in the contamination case
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Ruidoso Downs Bans Trainer After Four-Win Day In All American Derby Trials

Ruidoso Downs Bans Trainer After Four-Win Day In All American Derby Trials | Racing Regulatory Issues | Scoop.it
On Sunday at Ruidoso Downs in New Mexico, trainer Josue Ponce sent out four runners in trial races for the rich All American Quarter Horse Derby. All four starters won, with three of the winners among the 10 fastest times, qualifying them for the Sept. 2 finals of the Grade 1, $1,237,604 fixture run over …
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Indiana regulator hedges bet on regulated sports wagering

Indiana regulator hedges bet on regulated sports wagering | Racing Regulatory Issues | Scoop.it
IGC has taken a step back from the sports wagering frenzy that has swept many U.S. states this year to get a clearer picture of the game’s full potential.
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Serey starts serving 165-day ban while he awaits appeal hearing

Mario Serey Jr., the Pennsylvania-based horsemen whose career has been set back multiple times over the past two years by medication violations, has begun serving a 165-day suspension handed down by the Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission.
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Boutique Meets Have Unique Safety Concerns 

Boutique Meets Have Unique Safety Concerns  | Racing Regulatory Issues | Scoop.it
As the meetings begin this week at Del Mar and Saratoga Race Course, the Equine Medical Directors in California and New York have been busy staying atop both the usual risks in racing as well as issues that need special attention for boutique meets.
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Lottery releases rules for sports betting | News, Sports, Jobs

CHARLESTON — Almost three weeks after approving rules governing sports betting at the state’s casinos, the West Virginia Lottery released the emergency ru
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Mott to Accept Penalties, Drop Lawsuit in 4-Year Fight Over Testing Standards

Mott to Accept Penalties, Drop Lawsuit in 4-Year Fight Over Testing Standards | Racing Regulatory Issues | Scoop.it
Hall-of-Fame trainer Bill Mott is dropping a civil lawsuit against the New York State Gaming Commission (NYSGC) and will serve a renegotiated seven-day suspension and pay a $1,000 fine related to a 2014 medication overage …
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Delaware casinos loving their early sports betting returns

Delaware casinos loving their early sports betting returns | Racing Regulatory Issues | Scoop.it
Delaware's three casino sportsbooks handle $7m in wagers in first 20 days of legal wagering, while keeping $1m for themselves.
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Kentucky Regulator Defers Vote on New Harness Track - BloodHorse

Kentucky Regulator Defers Vote on New Harness Track - BloodHorse | Racing Regulatory Issues | Scoop.it
After hearing Oct. 30 from three potential track owners interested in launching a Kentucky Standardbred track near the border with Tennessee, the KHRC deferred a decision on awarding the license.
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Horse Racing Ireland ‘preparing for the worst’ as Brexit looms

Horse Racing Ireland ‘preparing for the worst’ as Brexit looms | Racing Regulatory Issues | Scoop.it
Authorities hopeful ‘common sense’ prevails and free movement of horses can continue
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New York Change Would Relax Claiming Price Rule 

New York Change Would Relax Claiming Price Rule  | Racing Regulatory Issues | Scoop.it
State regulators in New York are moving to relax rules regarding claiming races established in the wake of the high-profile rash of equine deaths during the 2012 Aqueduct winter meet.
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Virginia horse racing officials adopt rules that limit expansion of slots-like gambling machines

Virginia horse racing officials adopt rules that limit expansion of slots-like gambling machines | Racing Regulatory Issues | Scoop.it
A handful of casino-like facilities will open their doors in Virginia next year, but the company planning to reopen Colonial Downs and build a network of off-track betting facilities won’t
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Kentucky commission posts notice on racetrack licenses

The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission on Wednesday posted a notice on its website stating that it was accepting applications for “new and renewal association licenses” in the state, at a time when some gambling interests are eyeing the two available racetrack licenses allowed under law.
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Horse Racing and Sports, a Shotgun Marriage

A recent online poll indicates that the sentiment for sports betting being beneficial to racing hovered at around 60-40 in favor of historical racing over betting on sports. As of yesterday, that opinion has flopped the other way. 

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'Welfare-Friendly' Whip Use in Standardbred Racing Doesn’t Diminish Performance 

'Welfare-Friendly' Whip Use in Standardbred Racing Doesn’t Diminish Performance  | Racing Regulatory Issues | Scoop.it
Researchers determined that modifications in whip use rules, aimed toward more ethical use had no negative effect on Standardbreds' racing performance or race times.
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Gov. Hickenlooper announces Boards and Commissions appointments

Gov. Hickenlooper announces Boards and Commissions appointments | Racing Regulatory Issues | Scoop.it
The Colorado Racing Commission regulates and supervises pari-mutuel wagering (for horses and dogs), including enforcement of rules, supervision of race meets and racing officials, and collection of revenues to the State.

For a term expiring July 1, 2020:

Justine Scott Estes of Gypsum, a Republican from the Third Congressional District, who was previously appointed as a registered elector of the state to now serve as a representative of the racing industry, appointed;
For a term expiring July 1, 2022:

Sandra Jeanne Bowen of Idledale, a Democrat, from the Second Congressional District to serve as a registered elector of the state, appointed.
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ARCI Ed Martin responses to PA problems

ARCI Ed Martin responses to PA problems | Racing Regulatory Issues | Scoop.it
Earlier this month Harnesslink publiished opposing articles that indicated that the ARCI and the PA Racing Commission had some explaining to do on certain cases handled by that jurisdiction.While the ARCI will normally defer to individual regulatory
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'Scary' Morning Incident At Belterra Park Brings Safety Protocols Into Question

'Scary' Morning Incident At Belterra Park Brings Safety Protocols Into Question | Racing Regulatory Issues | Scoop.it
On June 26 at 7:30 in the morning, Kellie Hedges was breezing a filly alongside a friend at Belterra Park near Cincinnati, Ohio. Without warning, the filly's front legs gave out from under her, propelling Hedges to the ground and rolling over top of her. The filly got up, apparently unfazed, and was eventually run …
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Place Your Bets: Legal Sports Gambling Is Coming To These Six States In 2018

Place Your Bets: Legal Sports Gambling Is Coming To These Six States In 2018 | Racing Regulatory Issues | Scoop.it
Sports betting is legal in the United States! But not everywhere, yet. Here is where you legally place a wager in the US right now and later this year, beyond Nevada.
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Two examples of how a ‘vibrant program’ has put New York breeding very much in the ascendancy

Two examples of how a ‘vibrant program’ has put New York breeding very much in the ascendancy | Racing Regulatory Issues | Scoop.it
Article by Teresa Genaro: A decade ago, the New York breeding industry was in a steep downturn. The 2008 economic crisis had led to farms closing and mares being shipped to other states, and a program that had worked to establish itself with quality breeding seemed in danger of becoming almost irrelevant.
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