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Buffalo Expands Whipping Rule

February 21, 2020:

Buffalo Raceway has instituted stage three of the three-tiered 'whipping rule' that will go into effect on Wednesday, March 4....read on

Whipping Rule Change At Buffalo

January 17, 2020:

When the Buffalo Raceway 66-day live season begins on Wednesday, January 29, there will be changes both on and off the track....read on

New Ontario Urging Rules For August 1

July 11, 2019:

On May 31, 2019, the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) issued a directive that amended the rules related to urging in Standardbred racing. As previously announced, the new rules and penalty guidelines became effective on June 3 at Woodbine Mohawk Park with the implementation date at other tracks to be determined....read on

Ontario's Urging Rules Amended

May 31, 2019:

In response to a request from the industry to consider revising the current rules and Directives with respect to urging, the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) is making an amendment to the Standardbred Rules of Racing....read on

New Meadowlands Whipping Rule

September 11, 2017:

On Monday, September 11, the Meadowlands Racetrack served notice to drivers that whipping violations and illegal urging techniques are now under increased scrutiny. The scrutiny could lead to a one-year bar from competing at Jeff Gural’s three tracks (the Meadowlands Racetrack, Tioga Downs, Vernon Downs)....read on

Australia Delays Whip Ban

June 10, 2017:

The Executive of Harness Racing Australia (HRA) has reaffirmed its commitment to the removal of the use of whips in harness racing, but announced this week it would not implement such rules by the previously-stated September 1 date....read on

Recap: ARCI Conference Day Two

April 20, 2017:

Day Two of Association of Racing Commissioners International 83rd Annual Conference on Equine Welfare and Racing Integrity took place on Wednesday, April 20. The American Quarter Horse Association’s pioneering, cost-effective loaner integrity teams that provide investigative reinforcements for the sprint sport’s big days was one of the main focuses during the day....read on

Australia To Ban Whips

December 10, 2016:

In a move sure to spark much discussion, Australia's harness racing industry has announced that the country will ban the use of existing whips in 2017....read on

No Fine For Miller's Celebration

September 13, 2016:

While driver Brett Miller cannot be fined for a fist pump, he can be fined taking his hands out of the handholds during a race. So said the judges at Scioto Downs after Miller's winning steer aboard Always B Miki in the 2016 Jim Ewart Memorial Invitational Pace....read on

Cal Expo Meet Approved, Whipping Clarified

August 27, 2016:

The California Horse Racing Board conducted its regular meeting on Thursday, August 25 at Del Mar’s Surfside Race Place....read on

California Board Clarifies Meeting Vote

May 30, 2016:

The California Horse Racing Board (CHRB) has issued a release to clear up any confusion over the vote at last Thursday’s Board meeting to amend Rule 1688, the riding crop rule....read on

Derby Outage Addressed In Board Meeting

May 27, 2016:

The California Horse Racing Board conducted its regular meeting Thursday, May 26, at Santa Anita Park....read on

Board Proposes Whipping Amendment

March 25, 2016:

The California Horse Racing Board (CHRB) conducted its regular meeting Thursday, March 24, at Cal Expo....read on

Ohio Pushing For Whipping Changes

April 2, 2015:

It has been reported that the Ohio Racing Commission has adopted new rules in regard to the whipping of horses in races....read on

New Pennsylvania Whipping Rules

September 25, 2014:

On Thursday, September 25, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture announced that it is imposing stricter standards to safeguard equine athletes from direct contact with whips during harness racing at the state’s tracks....read on


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