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View From The Eighth Pole: Does HBPA Want Racing To Return To The Dark Ages?

For as long as I’ve been in racing, the leaders of some horsemen’s organizations have insisted that any regulatory change on drug policies will cause the sky to fall. “You can’t take a therapeutic medication like anabolic steroids away from us or we won’t have any geldings left to race,” I remember hearing a Kentucky […]

Del Mar Summer: Sadler’s Life In The Fast Lane With Flightline

John Sadler has had some very good horses throughout his 45-year training career, going back to the speedy roan filly, Melair, who upset Preakness winner Snow Chief in the 1986 Silver Screen Handicap at Hollywood Park. He’s saddled the winners of 44 Grade 1 races and his runners have earned in excess of $139 million. […]

The Friday Show Presented By Woodbine: Should HISA Be An ‘Open Book’?

Joe Gorajec, retired after a lengthy career as executive director of the Indiana Horse Racing Commission, wrote in a commentary earlier this week that the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority has failed to operate with the same transparency shown by state agencies that historically have regulated the sport. Since Gorajec’s call for more transparency from […]

Voss: Lovers Of Good News Stories, Rejoice

Most of the time, you’ll see new sponsored series pop up on our website without a lot of fanfare. Maybe we’ll put an intro on the first piece explaining what we endeavor for the series to cover, but that’s about it. That’s why I want to tell you the story of two new series, in […]

Gorajec: In Early Stages Of Its Existence, HISA Fails Transparency Test

The new Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority (HISA), despite repeated pledges of transparency, has failed to disclose even the most basic information about its own manner of governance.  This failure is well below the standards and practices of state racing commissions. Background On July 5, 2022, Marty Irby, executive director of the Animal Wellness Action, […]

Letter To The Editor: Zedan Attorney Responds To Paulick Report Story On Medina Spirit OOCT

Dear Editor: This letter is to briefly address the “House of Cards” article by Natalie Voss relating to Medina Spirit’s pre-race screening. Ms. Voss focused on the pre-race screening testing for Medina Spirit performed by Industrial Labs on April 18, 2021, preceding the May 1, 2021 Kentucky Derby. As now confirmed by the Kentucky Horse […]

Migliore: Irad Ortiz’s ‘Unnecessary’ Jockeying Took Credit Away From Life Is Good

Award-winning retired jockey-turned-broadcaster Richard Migliore was not impressed by the stretch ride that three-time Eclipse Award-winning jockey Irad Ortiz, Jr. gave Life Is Good in Saturday’s Grade 1 Whitney Stakes at Saratoga. Ortiz looked over his left shoulder at about the eighth pole nearing the finish and saw Happy Saver a couple lengths back on […]

Del Mar Summer: Round One, Mandatory Payout Day, Plus One Hot ‘Papa’

Despite having the largest average field size in years and daily cards sprinkled with longshot winners, there has not been a single ticket Pick 6 winner at Del Mar since the seaside track began its summer meet July 22. The jackpot for the 20-cent bet has grown steadily for the first nine days of the […]

View From The Eighth Pole: A Cross-Country Fiasco Waiting To Happen

Let me get this straight. A gimmick bet known as the Cross Country Pick 5, combining races from two or more tracks, has been offered since 2018 by the New York Racing Association. NYRA’s website said it is the “host” of the bet and that New York rules apply. This week, thanks to reporting by […]