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Tagged With: Equine Law

Loudmouth Racing: Fairytales Do Come True

  This story starts in the middle of May, shortly after the Kentucky Derby. I received a telephone call from a prospective client wanting to discuss starting a new racing partnership. As part of my equine law practice, this is not uncommon.   We discussed the potential venture. During the conversation, we talked about the … Continue reading »

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New York: The Land where a split sample really isn’t a split sample

Ray Paulick in his excellent blog The Paulick Report wrote about the ongoing issue in New York regarding the ability or better yet the inability for those of us representing trainers before the Gaming Commission to obtain split samples of tests that are initially found to be positive. This inequity puts testing in question across … Continue reading »

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My Favorite Day of the Year!

The day is here! I awoke with an excitement that only comes once a year, however this year’s Opening Day is even more special than most. This is the year that NYRA is celebrating the 150th anniversary of Saratoga! The fans are  excited, the trainers are pumped, and the town looks great. Saratoga year in … Continue reading »

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Is a buyout the problem or the solution?

Today’s Albany Times Union has a story about former and current NYRA executives looking for a buyout of their employment contracts as well as payment for legal fees relating to an investigation into ethical violations during 2012. Charles Hayward, the former President and Chief Executive Officer of the New York Racing Association (NYRA) and Patrick … Continue reading »

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Dutrow Suspension Upheld

The New York State Court of Appeals on January 8, 2013 determined to uphold the 10 year suspension of trainer Rick Dutrow. The suspension plus a $50,000 fine will go into effect immediately upon service of the suspension order. The Dutrow Case has been fully discussed here. In my view, this means when a licensee … Continue reading »

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Scratch Screw Up

The Daily Racing Form reports that Belle of the Hall was inadvertently scratched from yesterday’s feature race at Belmont Park. The scratching happened when Carmine Donofrio, a Steward at Belmont Park apparently was responsible for taking scratches. According to the article, he inadvertently scratched a horse when the races were taken off the turf. In an … Continue reading »

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And I’m Off….

On Wednesday I will be leaving Syracuse and packing my files and clothes for my annual pilgrimage to Saratoga. It is hard to believe that this will be the 35th consecutive year I have been spending time at the Spa. I look forward to this week every year like a child looks forward to Christmas … Continue reading »

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Cayuga County Horse Abuse

Horse abuse does not just happen on larger farms…it can happen right in your backyard. Like many of you, I read Matt Mulcahy’s report on CNY Central yesterday with horror. Matt reported that in the Cayuga County town of Conquest, there were ten horses found severely neglected. One of these horses was in such bad … Continue reading »

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Can a Horse Park come to New York?

There is a movement to bring a horse park to Saratoga County, and I am thrilled to be involved in making that happen. When horses come off the track, those who are unable to breed need a place to be seen and taken care of.  This horse park will not only cater to retired horses, … Continue reading »

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NYRA’s New Task Force

The New York State Racing and Wagering Board announced the formation of a task force yesterday to examine the increased break downs of horses at Aqueduct’s inner track during the recently concluded winter meeting. Having more  oversight by people who are vested and knowledgeable in the industry is a wonderful thing. For the most part, … Continue reading »

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