Biancone Moves Closer to Kentucky Reinstatement: Blood-Horse 7/19/17

By: Frank Angst Trainer Patrick Biancone, who has not had a license in Kentucky since 2007 following the discovery of cobra venom in his Keeneland barn, moved a step closer July 19 toward being allowed to saddle a Thoroughbred in Kentucky. The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission License Review Committee approved a conditional license Wednesday for Biancone, but will

Judge Denies Motion To Dismiss Criminal Charges In Dermorphin Case: Paulick Report 7/19/17

By: Natalie Voss U.S. District Court Judge Donald Walter denied a motion earlier this month to dismiss federal charges against Louisiana veterinarian Dr. Kyle J. Hebert and Essential Pharmacy Compounding. Hebert is accused of providing trainers with injectable vials of dermorphin, a synthetic opioid said to be 30 times more powerful than morphine and which

Stepping Up Backstretch Security Via Tech: Blood-Horse 7/12/17

By: Frank Angst Like most anyone else associated with horse racing for any amount of time, Parx Racing executive Sam Elliott is plenty familiar with the "backstretch wave" from stable gate security, a cursory review of an approaching visitor followed by a friendly motion of the hand to grant entrance. While the gesture certainly is welcoming for

O’Brien Fined by NY Gaming Commission: Thoroughbred Daily News

By: Brian DiDonato The New York Gaming Commission has fined top Irish-based conditioner Aidan O’Brien $1500 after his assistant trainer T. J. Comerford was found to be in the possession of injectable electrolytes at Belmont Park, Daily Racing Formfirst reported. A ruling issued Sunday by the NYSGC read: “Mr. Aiden (sic) P. O’Brien is hereby fined $1500.00 for

Richard’s Boy Drug Positive Leads to Increased Security: Blood-Horse 7/7/17

By: Jeremy Balan After a positive test for methamphetamine in Richard's Boyfollowing his win in the Pennsylvania Governor's Cup Stakes June 3 at Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course, owner Rockingham Ranch is taking extra measures to ensure the security of the Idiot Proof gelding ahead of his start in the July 8 Parx Dash Stakes (G3T). Trainer Peter

Penn Commission Revokes Rojas’s Licenses: Thoroughbred Daily News 7/7/17

By: T.D. Thornton Last week’s 14-count federal felony conviction of trainer Murray Rojas for misbranding equine prescription drugs led to a Thursday notice of her banishment from Penn National Race Course, where the pattern of offenses was proven to have taken place over a multi-year period. Shortly thereafter, Penn National’s banishment was backed by a

Following Rojas Verdict, Penn National Ejects Trainers: Blood-Horse 7/6/17

By: Frank Angst Following the guilty verdict of trainer Murray Rojas for 14 counts of misbranding drugs as part of an illegal effort to administer race-day medications to horses in 2013, Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course banned the trainer, and two others, from the Grantville, Pa., track. On July 6, Penn National announced plans to eject Rojas,

Los Alamitos Earns Reaccreditation From NTRA Safety & Integrity Alliance: NTRA.Com 7/5/17

By: NTRA LOS ALAMITOS EARNS REACCREDITATION FROM NTRA SAFETY & INTEGRITY ALLIANCE Lexington, Ky. (July 5, 2017) – The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) announced today that Los Alamitos Race Course has earned reaccreditation from the NTRA Safety & Integrity Alliance for its Thoroughbred race meet. Los Alamitos received its initial Alliance accreditation in 2014. All accreditations and

Jury Reaches Split Decision on Trainer Rojas: Blood-Horse 7/3/17

By: Frank Angst In the first federal case to go to a jury verdict following numerous arrests of trainers and veterinarians in connection to 2013 events at Penn National Race Course, a jury found trainer Murray Rojas guilty of 14 counts related to misbranding of animal drugs but determined that Rojas was not guilty of seven