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IFHA Conference To Focus On Safeguarding Equine Welfare

The 57th International Conference of Horseracing Authorities, organized by the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA), will take place on Oct. 2 in Paris, France at Saint-Cloud Racecourse. This year’s Conference will focus on safeguarding equine welfare and exploring shifts in societal expectations as well as the racing industry’s response around the world. The Conference will […]

Turf Paradise Announces Closure Of Live Racing, Simulcasting Oct. 1; Sale Of Track Has Fallen Through

Turf Paradise announced on Sept. 18 that live racing and simulcasting at the Phoenix racetrack will cease on Oct. 1, 2023. The closure will also impact Turf’s 37 off-track betting locations, which can only operate when there is a contract with the horsemen’s group for live racing. According to its press release, the track’s contract […]

‘Nothing He Could’ve Prevented’: Canadian Harness Trainer Facing Indefinite Suspension Over Multiple Lasix Overages

Canadian harness racing trainer Marc Campbell is facing an indefinite suspension over a series of four positives tests in the past year, reports, but three of those positives were for the commission veterinarian-administered medication Lasix. The four rulings are currently under appeal. Canada is not under the purview of the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority, […]

Peter Miller, Carla Gaines Will Each Serve Seven-Day Suspension For Acepromazine Positives

Southern California-based trainers Peter Miller and Carla Gaines have each been fined $1,000 and ordered to serve a seven-day suspension after horses in their care tested positive for the tranquilizer acepromazine, according to the public disclosures section of the website for the Horseracing Integrity & Welfare Unit (HIWU), the enforcement arm of the Horseracing Integrity […]

Golden Gate Fields Owner To Request Race Dates For First Half Of 2024

1/ST RACING announced Saturday that it expects to file a request with the California Horse Racing Board for an allocation of race dates at Golden Gate Fields for the first half of 2024. The request is tied to extending the announced closing date of the track located in the California cities of Albany and Berkeley […]

Kentucky Downs: Wagering Up 4.3 Percent, Field Size Averages 10.42 Starters

The key indicators to measure the success of a race meet were either up or maintained a lofty level at the FanDuel Meet at Kentucky Downs came to a close Wednesday. Purses paid out to horse owners were a record for the 12th straight year. Money wagered was another record, increasing 4.3 percent. Field sizes […]

Gulfstream Championship Meet Offers 68 Stakes Worth $14.875 Million

Gulfstream Park’s prestigious Championship Meet – featuring the $3 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1) and $1 million Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational (G1) Jan. 27 and $1 million Curlin Florida Derby (G1) March 30 – will offer 68 stakes in 2023-2024 with total purses of $14.875 million. The Championship Meet, which includes racing over […]

Report: ‘Harassment, Abuse And Assault Have Taken Place Unchecked’ Across Australian Racing Industry

Australia’s Office of the Racing Integrity Commissioner (ORIC) has released a dramatic final report on its Independent Review into the Victorian Racing Industry’s Victim Support and Complaint Processes. The report details a work environment “where harassment, abuse and assault have taken place unchecked.” Especially prevalent in the report is that such abuse has been seriously […]

Irish Trainer Suspended Three Years, Fined Nearly $900,000 Over 12 Anabolic Steroid Positives

Irish trainer Luke Comer has been issued a three-year suspension over a 2021 scandal which saw a dozen of his charges test positive for anabolic steroids, reports the Racing Post. Comer has also been ordered to pay €755,754 in costs plus fines of €85,000, a total just shy of US$900,000. The Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board […]

HIWU Weekly Update: Mario Dominguez Issued Two-Year Suspension For Cobalt

The most severe case resolution published this week on the public disclosures section of the website for the Horseracing Integrity & Welfare Unit (HIWU), the enforcement arm of the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority (HISA), is a two-year suspension for trainer Mario Dominguez over a positive test for banned substance cobalt. An arbitral body issued […]