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Support for blood-booster research heartening

My last offering – on author Andrew Cohen and his raising the issue of the French blood-booster ITPP – drew a lively response. I asked Cohen, after he had reported on the likelihood that it could be affecting, and infecting, … Continue reading

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A little money would go long way toward catching those using illegal drugs

The story should have driven racing’s Richter scale past the 9.0 mark. It was an earthquake, but it didn’t move the needle. It was a short column written by a man who writes very little on Thoroughbred racing, but who … Continue reading

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Thoroughbred publicist tries to get ink for Zenyatta of harness racing

Harness racing, with at least one huge story to tell as summer arrives, has turned to a Thoroughbred man to help tell it. The story is that of See You At Peelers, a 3-year-old pacing filly who has won 18 … Continue reading

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Bitless bridles could be gift to horses

Illegal medication and what to do about it is buzzing again, with the arrival of hot weather. Racing Commissioners International want furosemide (aka Salix or Lasix) on race day banned in five years. Rep. Ed Whitfield from Kentucky and Sen. … Continue reading

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Racing needs to find a way back to the front page

I was thinking of Kent Hollingsworth, one of the most thoughtful – and thought-provoking – turf writers ever, over the weekend. I think of him often, as a contemporary and close friend, although he left us 12 years ago at … Continue reading

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