HKJC CEO to Deliver Keynote

From The Jockey Club
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (July 26, 2016) -- Featuring a keynote address entitled, “The Journey to World Class Racing and Success via Customer Centricity,” from Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges, the chief executive officer of the Hong Kong Jockey Club, The Jockey Club will hold its 64th annual Round Table Conference on Matters Pertaining to Racing on Sunday, August 14, 2016, at the Gideon Putnam Resort in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

Changes Proposed to Horse Protection Act

From American Horse Council
WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 26, 2016) -- Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced proposed changes to the regulations governing enforcement of the Horse Protection Act (HPA). The HPA was passed in 1970 to stop the cruel practice of "soring" horses that was occurring in some sectors of the Tennessee Walking Horse, Racking Horse and Spotted Saddle Horse industry.

Valenzuela Denied License for a Year

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (July 20, 2016) -- SACRAMENTO, CA – The California Horse Racing Board has accepted a hearing officer's recommendation to deny Patrick Valenzuela a jockey's license for now but he may re-apply in one year, at which time he is advised to present evidence of rehabilitation, including the results of alcohol and drug testing performed on a regular basis, not less than once a week, along with other guidelines.

Barretts August Catalog Online

From Barretts
DEL MAR, Calif. (July 17, 2016) -- The catalog for the second annual Barretts August Select Yearling Sale is now on-line and will be mailed soon.  This auction of 72 yearlings will be held on Tuesday August 30 starting at 2:00 p.m. in the Surfside Race Place located on the grounds of the Del Mar Racetrack in Del Mar, California.  We believed that last year’s yearlings were a very good group of yearlings in terms of quality and we believe that this year’s group is stronger.  Last year’s select yearling group has already started strong from limited starters including the sensational Hot Perfection.

CHRB Meeting Summary

DEL MAR, Calif. (July 15, 2016) – The California Horse Racing Board conducted its regular meeting Thursday, July 14, at Del Mar Surfside Race Place. Chairman Chuck Winner presided. Vice Chair Richard Rosenberg and Commissioners Madeline Auerbach, Steve Beneto, George Krikorian and Alex Solis also were in attendance.
The audio of this entire Board meeting is available on the CHRB Website ( under the Webcast link. In brief:

California Chrome to Run for Cancer Research

DEL MAR, Calif. (July 14, 2016) -- Majority owners Perry and Denise Martin and Taylor Made Stallions announced July 14 that 2014 Horse of the Year California Chrome will run to benefit the V Foundation for Cancer Research, as a portion of his earnings through the remainder of his racing career will be committed to the charity.

Reps Push for Pari-mutuel Changes

LEXINGTON, Ky. ( July 13, 2016) – Two U.S. congressmen, Rep. John Yarmuth (D-KY) and  Rep. Charles Boustany (R-LA), have submitted a joint letter to the U.S. Department of Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew urging finalization of proposed rule changes regarding withholding and reporting of pari-mutuel winnings.  The letter to Treasury was submitted on July 12 and was posted today on the official Twitter account of Rep. Boustany (@Boustany).