Posts Tagged ‘Horse Racing’

Why Not?

Wednesday, March 20th, 2019

“Racing is in need of open-heart Surgery” Dean Crutchfield, senior vice president of Sterling Brands said in The Guardian story entitled “American horse racing isn’t dead – but it’s getting awfully close”.

Hall of Fame Jockey Gary Stevens says “we need to come together as a nation of horsemen with a commissioner.”

Bill Oppenheim in a Bloodhorse opinion piece wrote “the organizations with initials need to undertake a real effort to create an effective national office.”

The “Horse Racing Integrity Act” has been languishing in Congress since 2015. The idea here is to have a private, independent horse racing anti-doping authority manage a national medication program.

Respected horse trainer Graham Motion pointed out in a letter published by Thoroughbred Daily News “we constantly hurt ourselves not being represented by “a governing body who can guide us….and bring some kind of national stability to our industry.”

There was hope for an answer when three years ago the Association of Racing Commissioners International held “Town Hall” meetings across the country and convened a “leaders meeting” with the top brass from the “initial organizations.” These resulted in frank discussions.

With the issues being raised at Santa Anita and the Kentucky Derby on the horizon the national news services are paying attention. Thus, Governor’s in state capitals (33) will soon have racing issues on their desk.

Maybe what’s needed is for a Governor to step forward and ask their colleagues to send their Chair of the 33 state regulatory commissions to a national meeting. These are the people with the power to unite the industry, agree on regulations that would be the same in each jurisdiction and urge their Governor to issue an executive order putting them in place.

Why Not?

Politics & Horses

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

If you follow me on Twitter @TygartValleyWV you know I am an avid horse racing fan.  This is a big weekend when politics and horses will merge.  Horses and jockeys known across the country are already shipping into Mountaineer Racetrack for the WV Derby.   They will compete in races named for leaders in our State’s political world.

@CalvinHBorel who has won three Kentucky Derby races will ride in several races throughout the day.  Next week at Saratoga he will be inducted into the Horse Racing Hall of Fame.  Every horse racing fan’s sweetheart 25 year-old @RosieNapravnik who has earned $8,142,640 has several mounts.  She will be on Overanalyze in the WV Derby, won the Arkansas Derby an important race in advance of the “run for the roses” but finished 11 in the Kentucky Derby.  Handicappers look for him to bounce back on Saturday.

A West Virginia rider Jose Montano was selected as the national apprentice jockey of the year.  He received the Eclipse Award during a ceremony at Miami’s Gulfstream racetrack.  He rides mostly at Charles Town but will make the trip to Mountaineer.  He will be on Russell Road a WV breed horse with 43 career starts winning 25.

Stakes races throughout the day are named for West Virginia legislative leaders and the Governor, but expect them to take a backseat to the famous horses and jockeys on the track.

BloodHorse publication has a full review of what to expect on Saturday.   If you cannot get there the 44th running of the WV Derby will be on Fox Sports Networks beginning at 5 p. m.