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McGrapth Sentenced To House Arrest In Animal Cruelty Case

Xavier McGrapth, 25, of Versailles, Ky., has been sentenced to 25 days’ home incarceration in an animal cruelty case that left two dozen horses in various stages of neglect and two dead. On June 22, Bourbon County District Judge Mary Jane Phelps handed down the sentence in the case, which included 13 counts of second-degree […]

NYRA, Vitali Reach Confidential Settlement Agreement

After seeking to ban him from its racetracks, the New York Racing Association (NYRA) announced on Friday that the organization has reached a confidential settlement agreement with controversial trainer Marcus Vitali. “The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) and trainer Marcus J. Vitali have reached a settlement agreement resolving and discontinuing the administrative proceeding brought […]

Inaugural Meeting Of Sports Betting Regulators Association To Take Place In Boston

The inaugural meeting of the Sports Betting Regulators Association will immediately follow the summer National Conference of Legislators from Gaming States at the Westin Copley Place in Boston, Massachusetts on Sunday, July 10, 2023 at 1:00pm. “During the last four years the legal expansion of sports betting has and continues to have a profound impact […]

Harness Trainer Handed One-Year Suspension For Possession Of Needles, Injectable Substances At New Jersey-Licensed Training Facility

Harness racing trainer John W. Wyatt has been handed a one-year suspension and $2,000 fine by the New Jersey Racing Commission, according to a ruling posted on the Association of Racing Commissioners International website on June 29, 2022. The ruling states that during inspections of Wyatt’s barn at Busy Bee Farm, an off-track training facility […]

Horseracing Integrity And Safety Authority Regulations A ‘Go’ After Federal Judge Denies Temporary Restraining Order In New Lawsuit

Regulations under the new Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority will go into effect as scheduled this week after a federal judge in Louisiana denied a restraining order and preliminary injunction sought by litigants in a lawsuit brought against the newly created independent, non-governmental agency that was created by federal legislation to provide national oversight on […]

Churchill Downs: No Turf Racing For Closing Weekend Stakes

Churchill Downs Racetrack officials have opted to suspend racing over the Matt Winn Turf Course for four stakes events on Saturday and Sunday to allow the root system on the new course to continue to develop. Racing on turf at Churchill Downs was initially paused June 11 with hope for a possible return on closing […]

Senators Press Federal Trade Commission For Answers About HISA’s ‘Chaotic Implementation Process’

Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) and John Kennedy (R-La.) are pressing the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority (the Authority) for answers on its implementation and enforcement of certain guidelines under the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act (HISA). Specifically, the senators draw attention to the […]

CHRB Rulings: Miller Assistant Alvarado Suspended For Program Trainer Violation

The trainer’s license of Ruben Alvarado, who until last November was assistant to trainer Peter Miller, has been suspended 14 days by the California Horse Racing Board for violating program trainer rules between Dec. 23, 2021, and March 24, 2022, at the San Luis Rey training center. Alvarado took over Miller’s Southern California stable when […]

HISA Registrations Approaching 40,000 Ahead of July 1 Deadline

Thoroughbred racing participants and administrators across the country are preparing for the official implementation of the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act, which will take place this Friday, July 1,  when the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority (HISA)’s Racetrack Safety Program goes into effect. As required by the federal law, racing participants must register with HISA […]

NTRA Encouraged By Adoption Of H-2B Relief Language In Appropriations Bill

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) is pleased that the House Appropriations Committee adopted critical H-2B relief language in fiscal year ’23 Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Appropriations Bill. The language would provide cap relief at a reasonable time during peak season, which would greatly help business related to the Thoroughbred industry.H-2B workers fill many […]