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At its August 21 meeting at Del Mar Turf Club in Del Mar, California, the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium board approved the immediate funding of two grant projects focused on inhibiting the use of illicit substances. One will study the detection of compounds called Selective Androgen Receptor Modulators (SARM) LGD-4033, which have the potential to mimic anabolic steroid effects on tissues – increasing muscle mass but lacking the androgenic effects that cause male characteristics. The goal of the second project is to improve the screening of and confirmation sensitivity for EPO-stimulating agents (ESAs) administered in very small amounts (called micro-dosing) to obtain a blood-doping effect while avoiding detection. The RMTC board heard plans for the creation of a four-year grant program beginning in 2018 to encourage tactical research into the detection and identification of illicit substances. The RMTC will pursue contributions from other industry groups and individuals to match funds provided by the RMTC. The funding level has not been finalized but is expected to be at least $500,000. “We want this program to provide researchers a consistent funding source for these types of tactical research projects,” said RMTC Executive Director Dr. Dionne Benson. “This initiative will enable us to make significant advances in targeting emerging threats and developing new techniques to test for them – both of which are essential to effectively regulating our sport.” RMTC Executive Director Dr. Dionne Benson also updated the board on the adoption status of the National Uniform Medication Program (NUMP). According to Benson, the Controlled Therapeutic Substances list has now been adopted in 22 of the 34 harness and flat racing pari-mutuel states, third-party veterinarian administration of furosemide has been adopted in 20, and the Multiple Medication Violations penalty system has been adopted in 15 states. In addition, she informed the board that the University of Florida laboratory’s application has been reviewed and the process of accreditation is underway. With the addition of the Florida laboratory, RMTC-accredited laboratories and those in the process of accreditation are now responsible for the testing of samples for 31 jurisdictions. “While we are encouraged to see University of Florida’s laboratory working to meet the RMTC Laboratory Accreditation standards, we urge the Delaware harness, South Dakota, Louisiana and Iowa commissions to utilize an RMTC-accredited laboratory,” said RMTC Chair Alex Waldrop. “Every laboratory across the U.S. must be RMTC-accredited so that the testing of horse racing samples can consistently and reliably detect a wide variety of substances at low concentrations.” In other business, several Model Rule recommendations were approved by the RMTC board for forwarding to the Association of Racing Commissioners International including: A model rule stating a claim shall be voided if that horse satisfies the regulatory authority’s definition of a claimed horse and dies or is euthanized, or is placed on the Official Veterinarians’ List prior to physical transfer to the claimant   The claimant can override the voiding of a claim for a Vet-Listed horse by so indicating on the official claim form at the time the claim is submitted   A model rule requiring every veterinarian treating a racehorse at a facility under the jurisdiction of the Racing Authority submit a Veterinarian’s Medication Report Form to the official veterinarian or other Regulatory Authority designee in a manner specified by the Regulatory Authority and in an approved format   A model rule requiring trainers or their designee maintain complete records for at least the last 30 days of all corticosteroid and intra-articular injections for all horses in his or her control including the date of the injection, name of the veterinarian performing the injection, articular space(s) or structure(s) injected, medications or biologicals used to inject each articular space, and dose in milligrams of each corticosteroid used   If a horse is successfully claimed by a new owner, the trainer of record at time of race must provide that horse’s complete corticosteroid and intra-articular injection record(s) for the last 30 days   30-day Records: ·         May be provided in paper or electronic form but must be provided in a format approved by the Regulatory Authority ·         Must be provided to the new trainer within 48 hours of the transfer of the horse – the trainer or his/her designee shall notify the regulatory veterinarian when the records have been provided ·         Submission may be delegated to the treating veterinarian, who shall provide the report to the new trainer within 48 hours of the transfer of the horse ·         Failure of the trainer to provide the 30-day Record shall result in disciplinary action The RMTC board decided to seek comments from constituents over the next 30 days on a Trainer’s Treatment Records model rule, which will be presented to them again at a later date. The RMTC consists of 23 racing industry stakeholders and organizations that represent Thoroughbred, Standardbred, American Quarter Horse and Arabian racing. The organization works to develop and promote uniform rules, policies and testing standards at the national level; coordinate research and educational programs that seek to ensure the integrity of racing and the health and welfare of racehorses and participants; and protect the interests of the racing public.   Racetrack Medication & Testing Consortium (RMTC)

The Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) Racing Appeals and Disciplinary (RAD) Board today considered charges issued by HRV Stewards under Australian Harness Racing Rules (AHRR) 190(1) and 190B(1) against licensed trainer-driver David Drury.  ARHR 190(1) reads as follows:  A horse shall be presented for a race free of prohibited substances.  The charge under AHRR 190(1) issued by HRV Stewards against Mr Drury related to a post-race urine sample taken from the horse ‘Hes Just Fine’ after it won Race 3, the ‘Tabcorp Park Melton Choice Hotels Pace’, at Horsham on 21 April 2017. Racing Analytical Services Limited (RASL) reported that analysis of the urine sample revealed it to contain the prohibited substance caffeine along with its associated metabolites. The Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory (ARFL) in NSW confirmed these findings in the reserve portion of the relevant urine sample. Mr Drury was also charged with a breach of AHRR 190B(1) being that he failed to properly keep and maintain a log book in accordance with this rule.  Mr Drury pleaded guilty to both charges before submissions on penalty were heard from HRV Stewards and Mr Drury.  In deciding an appropriate penalty, the HRV RAD Board considered Mr Drury’s guilty plea and cooperation throughout the investigation; Mr Drury’s clear record in regard to prohibited substance matters over a long involvement in the industry; both general and specific deterrence; consistency of penalty and other similar matters. Mr Drury was subsequently fined $6000, of which $1000 was suspended for a period of 12 months. In relation to the log book charge, Mr Drury was fined the sum of $250. The HRV RAD Board also ordered that, under ARHR 195, ‘Hes Just Fine’ be disqualified from Race 3 at Horsham on 21 April 2017 and that the placings be amended accordingly. Racing Appeals & Disciplinary Board 

Harness Racing New South Wales (HRNSW) Stewards conducted an inquiry today following an investigation that commenced on August 12, 2017, in relation to the extent of care provided to the registered horse WHOSEME FATHER after it was withdrawn from a race meeting and the circumstances which led to the untimely removal of the horse from the racecourse.  Evidence was heard from trainer John Gatt, Acting Chairman of Stewards at the Newcastle race meeting, G Adams, as well as a report submitted by the attending veterinary surgeon and the transcript of interviews undertaken with the trainer during that evening. The Stewards established that: (i) Upon arrival at Newcastle harness meeting on August 12, 2017, licensed trainer Mr John Gatt observed the horse as distressed and advised the Stewards. (ii) Following an examination by the on-course veterinarian, WHOSEME FATHER was withdrawn from Race 2.  HRNSW Stewards commenced an investigation at this time. (iii) Initial treatment was provided to WHOSEME FATHER by the on-course veterinarian who recommended on at least two occasions to Mr Gatt that the horse should not travel in its condition and should be provided with further treatment, in particular the provision of intravenous fluids.  (iv) The trainer understood the option existed for the horse to be treated at Newcastle Equine Centre until stabilised and fit to travel.  (v)  The horse’s condition had not stabilised and it received two further veterinary treatments. (vi) The on-course veterinarian left WHOSEME FATHER for a short period of time while attending to other raceday duties. (vii) During this time, Mr Gatt loaded the horse onto the float and despite a further approach from the on course veterinarian, Mr Gatt advised that he intended to take the horse back to Sydney before seeking further veterinary treatment. (viii) The lapsed time from the initial veterinary examination until the horse’s removal from the race course was (about) 40 minutes. (ix) Mr Gatt drove WHOSEME FATHER from the Newcastle harness meeting. (x) The Trainer later reported the horse’s demise, in transit. Mr Gatt was found guilty of a charge issued by HRNSW Stewards pursuant to Australian Harness Racing Rules (AHRR) Pursuant to AHRR 218 which states: “A person having responsibility for the welfare of a horse shall not fail to care for it properly.” In respect of the charge, Mr Gatt was disqualified for a period of 15 months to commence immediately.  Mr Gatt was provided with a period of time to attend to another horse on his property. In determining penalty, Stewards gave consideration to the full circumstances and serious nature of the matter, Mr Gatt’s plea of not guilty, no previous welfare related offences during his almost 25-year involvement in the harness racing industry and other personal subjective facts.  The trainer was also afforded some moderation in penalty in recognition that although, in the opinion of Stewards he had failed to provide appropriate care in a timely manner, he had contacted his usual veterinary surgeon whilst in transit. Mr Gatt was advised of his right to appeal the Stewards decision.   MICHAEL PRENTICE | INTEGRITY MANAGER (02) 9722 6600 • GRAHAM LOCH | CHAIRMAN OF STEWARDS  

Stewards opened an inquiry into the tactics adopted by harness racing driver Scott Rains on Illawong Lively in Race 5 at Albion Park on Tuesday, 15 August 2017. After taking evidence from Mr Rains, viewing the official race footage and giving regard to their own observations, stewards issued a charge under the provisions of Australian Harness Racing Rule 149(2) which reads: “A person shall not drive in a manner which in the opinion of the stewards is unacceptable.” Particulars of the charge being, that as the driver of Illawong Lively in Race 5 at Albion Park on Tuesday, 15 August 2017 Mr Rains drove in a manner which in the opinion of the stewards was unacceptable in that between approximately the 1700 metres and 1300 metres he issued a sustained challenge for the lead when that position was clearly unavailable and again challenged for the lead from near the 900 metres resulting in the gelding giving ground from approximately the 450 metres to be beaten in excess of 26 metres. Mr Rains pleaded guilty to the charge as issued. After considering submissions regarding penalty stewards suspended Mr Rains’ licence to drive in races for a period of four weeks to commence midnight, 23 August 2017. Stewards advised Mr Rains of his right to an internal review. Stewards Report Scott Rains Date:  21 August 2017 Panel:  S Shinn (Chair), K Wolsey, K Daly ............................................................................................................................   Stewards Report Darrel Graham Stewards today concluded an inquiry adjourned from Tuesday, 15 August 2017 into the driving tactics adopted by Darrel Graham, driver of Corrinyah Conman in Race 3 at Albion Park on that day. After taking evidence from Mr Graham, viewing the official race footage and giving regard to their own observations, stewards issued a charge under the provisions of Australian Harness Racing Rule 149(2) which reads: “A person shall not drive in a manner which in the opinion of the stewards is unacceptable.” Particulars of the charge being, that as the driver of Corrinyah Conman in Race 3 at Albion Park on Tuesday, 15 August 2017, Mr Graham drove in a manner which in the opinion of the stewards was unacceptable in that shortly after the start he restrained that gelding from a favourable one out one back trailing position to a less favourable position three back on the marker peg line to finish in sixth place beaten 8.8 metres. Mr Graham pleaded not guilty. Stewards considered Mr Graham’s submissions in support of his plea, however were of the view that the charge could be sustained and formally found him guilty of the charge as issued.  Under the circumstances Stewards deemed the appropriate penalty be a suspension of Mr Graham’s licence to drive in races for a period of 4 weeks commencing midnight, 22 August 2017. Mr Graham was advised of his rights to an internal review. Date:  21 August 2017 Panel:  S Shinn (Chair), K Wolsey, K Daly

An early front-runner for the site of Blenheim's new colleges is back in the race. The Ministry of Education has met with NZ Racing about buying part of Waterlea Racecourse, in Blenheim, despite the Marlborough clubs rebuffing earlier interest. Ministry education infrastructure service manager Kim Shannon said the meeting this week was to ensure "we fully understand all factors regarding the Waterlea Racecourse's current position". The ministry wanted to better understand the organisational structure and operation of the racing codes and clubs, Shannon said. Negotiations with Montford Corporation about a vineyard site on Alabama Rd, a preferred option at the end of last year, were on hold while the racecourse option was investigated further, Shannon said. The ministry is looking for about 15 hectares to build a $63 million campus for Marlborough Boys' College and Marlborough Girls' College. It approached the Marlborough Racing Club and the Marlborough Harness Racing Club over a year ago about buying half the 31-hectare racecourse, close to the Girls' College in Springlands. The clubs refused to sell, saying they needed the space for galloping and thoroughbred racing. Marlborough Racing Club president Eric Bowers declined to comment on the ministry's renewed interest, saying he had signed a new confidentiality agreement. New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing chief executive Bernard Saundry‚Äč confirmed representatives were in discussions with both the ministry and the club, but could not comment further. New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing managed policies, funding and support for clubs that raced thoroughbreds. Shannon said the ministry was aware the racecourse owners had previously opposed the sale. "Our preference is to always acquire school sites by way of agreement and we are not considering the use of compulsory acquisition at this time to acquire the Waterlea Racecourse, or any other property in Blenheim," she said. The ministry was still evaluating "a number of potential options" for the colleges, and all options were still on the table, including a third site at Battys Rd, she said. "While this evaluation is ongoing, our discussions with Montford Corporation are on hold." The 24-hectare Alabama Rd site was in an area deemed not suitable for residential development as geotechnical investigations showed a risk of liquefaction. But the ministry had completed a variety of tests at the site, Shannon said. "We are satisfied that with the appropriate engineering responses, the Alabama Rd site is suitable for a school." The ministry had not done any on-site testing of the Battys Rd site, Shannon said. The new schools were scheduled to open in 2021. By Jennifer Eder Reprinted with permission of The Marlborough Express

On 26 August 2016 Mr Mark Reed was requested to provide a urine sample to enable testing for banned substances. The initial sample provided at that time did not meet the required criteria’s and accordingly Mr Reed was directed to provide a second sample. Mr Reed refused to provide such second sample. Following this refusal Mr Reed was stood down under Rule 183(d). Stewards yesterday conducted an inquiry into Mark Reed refusing a reasonable direction from Senior Investigator Paul Criddle to provide a second urine sample at Gloucester Park on 26 August 2016. Evidence was taken from Paul Criddle and Mark Reed. Mr Reed was charged under Rule 238 which states: 238. A person shall not fail to comply with any order, direction or requirement of the Controlling Body or the Stewards relating to harness racing or to the harness racing industry. In determining penalty stewards took into account: His guilty plea His personal circumstances His time away from the industry The serious nature of the offence. Stewards were of the opinion that any refusal of a direction impacts on the ability of the stewards to regulate the industry and enforce the rules. Mr Reed was disqualified for 6 months effective immediately. Barbara Scott - Chief Steward Harness Ph: 9445 5176  

The Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) Racing Appeals and Disciplinary (RAD) Board today considered charges issued against licensed trainer-driver Paul Grech under Australian Harness Racing Rules (AHRR) 190(1) and 190B(1). Charge 1 – AHRR 190(1) reads as follows: A horse shall be presented for a race free of prohibited substances    This charge related to a post-race urine sample collected from the horse ‘Mister Oz’ after it placed 2nd in Race 1, the ‘Hargreaves Hill Trotters Handicap’, at Yarra Valley on 17 February 2016. Racing Analytical Services Limited (RASL) reported that analysis of the urine sample revealed the sample to contain a prohibited substance, namely cobalt, at a level of 237 micrograms per litre (µg/L), which is above the allowable threshold (at the time) of 200 µg/L in urine.    Charge 2 - AHRR 190B(1) reads as follows:    A trainer shall at all times keep and maintain a log book   The particulars of this charge related to the stable inspection conducted on 18 March 2016 by HRV Stewards, when Mr Grech was found not to keep and maintain a logbook as required.    Mr Grech pleaded guilty to both charges    The HRV RAD board heard evidence from Investigative Steward Stephen Svanosio, RASL Scientific Manager Paul Zahra and Veterinary Pharmacologist Professor Paul Mills. Each of those witnesses was cross-examined.   The HRV RAD Board also heard submissions from Ms Wood (for the HRV Stewards), Mr Grech and Mr Grech’s representative, Brian Lyngcoln.    In determining penalty, the HRV RAD Board considered Mr Grech’s 35-year involvement in the industry, his record which had two prior prohibited substance offences, the impact of any penalty on Mr Grech both specific and general deterrence and consistency of penalties in relation to cobalt cases. Taking all of these matters into account the HRV RAD Board imposed a 15-month suspension of Mr Grech’s trainers and drivers licences. The HRV RAD Board ordered the suspension to commence at midnight on Saturday 19 August 2017. On the second charge (relating to the log book) the HRV RAD Board imposed a $250 fine.   The HRV RAD Board also ordered that ‘Mister Oz’ be disqualified from Race 1 at Yarra Valley on 17 February 2016 and that the placings be amended accordingly   Racing Appeals & Disciplinary Board    Harness Racing Victoria  

Stewards and Judges will be given greater flexibility to consider mitigating factors in deciding whether to deny the purse and disqualify a horse for lessor violations of racing’s medication rules under the latest version of the Association of Racing Commissioners International (ARCI) Model Rules of Racing. Version 8.1, now available on the ARCI’s website, permits the consideration of mitigating factors in deciding whether to deny a purse for some violations involving substances requiring a “Class C” penalty.    Consideration of mitigating circumstances has long been permitted for Class B penalty violations and this change extends current policy to lessor offenses. The ARCI Board also voted to conduct an overall review of the recommended Penalty Guidelines for medication and doping violations.   “Some have argued that the recommended penalties may not be tough enough for the most egregious violations or that isolated minor offenses are treated too harshly,” ARCI President Ed Martin said.   “This has not been examined in depth for many years and the Board believes this review is overdue.” RCI Chair Jeff Colliton, the Chairman of the Washington Racing Commission, assigned the task to the Drug Testing Standards and Practices Committee.   Committee Chair Duncan Patterson, the Chair of the Delaware Thoroughbred Racing Commission, will coordinate that review in consultation with committee members and industry representatives. In other actions, the ARCI: •          Voted NOT to modify its existing rule requiring the independent third party administration of furosemide.   Some states, like Minnesota and Colorado, have adopted an alternate approach and a proposal was considered, but rejected, to include those approaches in the Model Rules; •          Affirmed the policy of assigning four (4) Multiple Medication Violation (MMV) points for carbon-dioxide (TCO2) violations; •          Amended the Model Rule to reflect the current policy in Kentucky giving greater flexibility to tracks in determining payouts for Pick N/PositionX wagers; •          Approved preliminary changes to strengthen the rule concerning the use of the riding crop with final adoption and publication contingent on a clear definition of the term “chance to respond” in order to provide clarification/direction to Stewards in determining a violation. •          Neither the Model Rules Committee or the ARCI Board took action on a proposal to amend the rules regarding the control of estrus in female greyhounds.   The updated documents can be downloaded using these links: ARCI Model Rules of Racing, Version 8.1 Uniform Classification of Foreign Substances and Penalty Guidelines, Version 13.3 Ed Martin, President/CEO Association of Racing Commissioners International

Is the standoff over the future of Albion Park causing the delay in other infrastructure project allocations and announcements? Racing Queensland chief executive Eliot Forbes was quoted in February saying advice to government on infrastructure plans would be given “towards the end of March” but as we sit here in mid-August, the only major announcement has been funding for Ipswich. Gold Coast continues to wait in the wings on what its allocation, if any, will be from the available funds. The club has been waiting since 2011, when it was allocated infrastructure funding under former RQ chairman Bob Bentley. RQ has $53 million at its disposal for infrastructure as part of the 2014 UBET deal, but is clearly hoping to swell that pot. Albion Park and the Tabcorp merger with Tatts are the two immediate possibilities of achieving that. RQ’s initial plans to sell Albion Park were scuttled by council. The Albion Park Harness Racing Club countered with a Kevin Seymour-inspired proposal that would keep the track and provide for a big capital injection. However, it assumed all profits would go to harness racing and provocatively offered RQ “rental space” at the refurbished premises. RQ is in no doubt it is the legal owner of Albion Park, a point acknowledged by APHRC chairman David Fowler in a recent Radio TAB interview with Forbes. The proposal put forward by Seymour is a good one — if the two parties can agree on how the spoils are shared. A joint venture would seem the logical way forward, but right now, it’s a stalemate — to the detriment of other urgently needed projects. ****** No doubt the Eagle Farm debacle hasn’t helped infrastructure announcements, given money will be taken from that pot to fund the rebuild. A “project control group”, including RQ and the BRC, has been established and will meet ON Monday to discuss the final elements of the scope of the project and finalise “critical timelines”. Specifications are being finalised so that a tender can go out over the next month. Racing Queensland is in the process of investigating options for sand and turf supplies. “Talks are underway with several quarries for the sand required. Testing of sand samples is continuing to find the right material for the job,” RQ said in a statement. “Initial discussions have also been held with turf suppliers to ensure the right turf can be supplied in the quality and quantity required.” By Nathan Exelby, The Sunday Mail (Qld) Reprinted with permission of The Courier Mail

The Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) Racing Appeals and Disciplinary (RAD) Board today considered a charge issued against licensed trainer-driver Ross Graham under Australian Harness Racing Rule (AHRR) 190(1), that states:  A horse shall be presented for a race free of prohibited substances The charge related to a post-race urine sample collected from the horse ‘Sonetto’ after it won Race 2, the ‘Elite Horse Transport Trot’, at Shepparton on 27 July 2016. Racing Analytical Services Limited (RASL) reported that analysis of the urine sample revealed the sample to contain a prohibited substance, namely cobalt, at a level of 298 micrograms per litre (µg/L), which is above the allowable threshold (at the time) of 200 µg/L in urine. Mr Graham pleaded not guilty to the charge.  The HRV RAD board considered statements from Investigative Steward Neal Conder, RASL Scientific Manager Paul Zahra and Veterinary Pharmacologist Professor Paul Mills, along with evidence from Veterinarians Dr Jim Vasey, Dr Richard Cust, Dr Greg Hargreaves and Swabbing Assistant Gordon Warner. After considering all the evidence tendered at the hearing and submissions from both parties, Mr Graham was found guilty of the charge.  The HRV RAD Board considered further penalty submissions from the HRV Stewards that included the seriousness of the charge; that the integrity of racing is protected; and comparable prohibited substance cases. Ross Graham’s penalty submissions were also considered, including his personal circumstances and a 25-year involvement in the industry with an excellent record. In considering all of these circumstances, in addition to both specific and general deterrence and consistency of penalty, the HRV RAD Board imposed a 15-month suspension of Mr Graham’s trainers licence. The HRV RAD Board ordered the suspension to commence at midnight on Sunday 13 August 2017. The HRV RAD Board also ordered that ‘Sonetto’ be disqualified from Race 2 at Shepparton on 27 July 2016 and that the placings be amended accordingly. Harness Racing Appeals & Disciplinary Board 

RWWA Stewards have now completed their deliberations with respect to penalty for the two charges found against harness racing trainer Mr G Bond arising from an extensive investigation into all aspects of Race 1 conducted at Gloucester Park on 2 December 2016, in particular the disappointing performance of pre-post favourite FIFTH EDITION NZ and the wagering activity on that race. The inquiry was conducted over 4 sittings and heard evidence from multiple persons, which resulted in the tabling of 39 exhibits and some 420 pages of transcript. Having found Mr Bond guilty of both charges on 12 June 2017 and after hearing submissions on penalty on 4 July 2017, the Stewards have determined to impose a penalty of 6-months disqualification in relation to the offence under Rule 209 and a 12-month disqualification in relation to the offence under Rule 243 effective forthwith. The penalties are to be served concurrently. In assessing penalty in each instance the Stewards took into account, amongst other things; The seriousness of the matters. Mr Bond’s personal circumstances, level of current involvement in the racing industry and overall record in racing which did not contain any significant offences. The prejudice to the image and interest of racing as it related to Charge 2. The need to send a clear message that such actions in each instance are not acceptable or to be tolerated by the Stewards. As Mr Bond was licensed to train in partnership, Harness Regulation 90.1 (8)(c) states: (8) RWWA may grant a trainers licence to a person to train only in partnership. (a) The partnership shall not comprise more than two people. (b) Each partner must hold the same grade of trainers licence. (c) Each partner shall be subject to any disability, fine, suspension, disqualification or other penalty that may be imposed under the rules on any partner. Pursuant to these provisions this disqualification has the effect of disqualifying the training partnership. In view of the provisions of the above as it relates to Mrs. Bond and the training partnership, the Stewards have directed pursuant to Rule 183 that all training licenses held by her be suspended forthwith pending the outcome of inquiry concerning the application of this rule in relation to her. In that respect the Stewards have afforded the opportunity to receive submissions in relation to the application of this rule as it relates to Mrs. Bond. Details of charges follows. Details of Charges Charge 1 Rule 209 False Information A person employed, engaged or participating in the harness racing industry shall not knowingly or recklessly furnish false information to the Controlling Body, the Stewards or anyone else. Particulars Particulars of the charge are that you did knowingly furnish false information to the Stewards, namely that during a phone call with the Chief Steward Mr Carl Coady on 5 December 2016 you stated that you had included your runner FIFTH EDITION in a First Four bet on Race 1 at Gloucester Park on 2 December 2016 when that was false. Charge 2 Rule: 243 Behaviour detrimental to the industry A person employed, engaged or participating in the harness racing industry shall not behave in a way which is prejudicial or detrimental to the industry. Particulars The particulars of the charge are that you as a licensed trainer behaved in a way that was prejudicial to the industry as is set out in the matters below; Prior to Race 1 at Gloucester Park on 2 December 2016 in which FIFTH EDITION a horse trained by you was drawn to compete, you were aware from comments made to you by the Driver Mr R Warwick of the horse hanging and cross firing when he drove it in track work on Tuesday 29 November 2016. And; On TAB Radio on the morning of the race meeting, spoke positively as to the prospects of the horse in the race including indicating it was the best of the night for the Bond team but omitted to make any reference to the matter brought to your attention by Mr Warwick in relation to the horse hanging and cross firing when he drove it in track work on Tuesday 29 November 2016. And Expressed to the owner Mr Gartrell in a phone call to be beware given this matter that you were aware of from Mr Warwick. And In relation to this race in question you had multiple bets, by way of a First Four with multiple combinations and a Quadrella, which deliberately did not include FIFTH EDITION at all.   Denis Borovica – General Manager Racing Integrity Ph: 9445 5427

The governing bodies of the New Zealand racing industry are united in their support for the new Racing Amendment Bill, introduced by the Minister for Racing, Hon David Bennett. The New Zealand Racing Board (NZRB), New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing (NZTR), Harness Racing New Zealand (HRNZ) and Greyhound Racing New Zealand (GRNZ), see the introduction of the bill a major milestone in the process towards enacting legislation that will bring a welcome increase in funding to the industry. The proposed legislation addresses the rapid and broad growth of online betting and the loss of potential industry income to overseas bookmakers. "We are delighted to see the recommendations from the Offshore Betting Working Group progressing through to legislation," says NZRB Chair, Glenda Hughes. "The support for our industry, which contributes $1.6 billion to GDP each year, is greatly appreciated and we sincerely thank Ministers David Bennett and Nathan Guy, and officials who have brought about today's landmark moment," says Ms Hughes. "We welcome the proposed legislation and look forward to engaging with the Racing Board and Government to maximise revenue opportunities for the industry," said New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing Chair, Alan Jackson. "Harness Racing are naturally excited to now see this Bill enter the House for its first reading. We congratulate all those who have contributed to its progression and look forward to the benefits and opportunities it will provide our industry," says HRNZ Chairman, Ken Spicer. GRNZ Chairman, Craig Rendle agreed that the Bill introduced today is a momentous milestone, "the export market continues to be a growth area for greyhound racing, and the introduction of offshore charges will help strengthen our future and the contribution we make as a sport to New Zealand." "NZRB is also continuing to work on improving its competitiveness to enhance our customers' experience and ensure they can receive the same level of service and options as they find offshore," says Ms Hughes.   Kate Richards Head of Communications New Zealand Racing Board

Two out of three of the defendants found guilty in June this year of ‘Obtaining by deception’ in a Serious Fraud Office (SFO) prosecution of a multi-million dollar gaming machine fraud have been sentenced in the Wellington High Court today. Michael O’Brien, guilty of five charges, received a sentence of imprisonment for four years, six months. Kevin Coffey, guilty of one charge, was sentenced to home detention for 12 months. Paul Max, guilty of three charges, will be sentenced in the Wellington High Court on 27 July. The case involved the manipulation of gambling licenses and grants and the offending was detected during Operation Chestnut, a joint investigation involving the Department of Internal Affairs, the Organised and Financial Crime Agency of New Zealand and the SFO. It was a significant case in New Zealand for the ‘Class 4’ gambling sector, which is made up of high-turnover gambling including gaming machines in pubs and clubs. SFO Director, Julie Read said, “The sentences imposed today reflect the very serious nature of the misconduct in this case. The proceeds from pokie machines, intended to provide community funding for sport, health, education and other activities, were directed to entities nominated by Michael O’Brien so that he could obtain a personal benefit amounting to $6.86 million.” ENDS For further media information Andrea Linton Serious Fraud Office 027 705 4550 Note to editors CRIMES ACT OFFENCES Section 240 Obtaining by deception or causing loss by deception (1) Every one is guilty of obtaining by deception or causing loss by deception who, by any deception and without claim of right,— (a) obtains ownership or possession of, or control over, any property, or any privilege, service, pecuniary advantage, benefit, or valuable consideration, directly or indirectly; or (b) in incurring any debt or liability, obtains credit; or (c) induces or causes any other person to deliver over, execute, make, accept, endorse, destroy, or alter any document or thing capable of being used to derive a pecuniary advantage; or (d) causes loss to any other person.  (1A) Every person is liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 3 years who, without reasonable excuse, sells, transfers, or otherwise makes available any document or thing capable of being used to derive a pecuniary advantage knowing that, by deception and without claim of right, the document or thing was, or was caused to be, delivered, executed, made, accepted, endorsed, or altered. (2) In this section, deception means— (a) a false representation, whether oral, documentary, or by conduct, where the person making the representation intends to deceive any other person and—   (i) knows that it is false in a material particular; or   (ii) is reckless as to whether it is false in a material particular; or (b) an omission to disclose a material particular, with intent to deceive any person, in circumstances where there is a duty to disclose it; or (c) a fraudulent device, trick, or stratagem used with intent to deceive any person.  ABOUT THE SFO The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) was established in 1990 under the Serious Fraud Office Act. The SFO is the lead law enforcement agency for investigating and prosecuting serious or complex financial crime, including bribery and corruption. The presence of an agency dedicated to white collar crime is integral to New Zealand’s reputation for transparency, integrity, fair-mindedness and low levels of corruption. This work contributes to a productive and prosperous New Zealand and the SFO’s collaborative efforts with international partners also reduce the serious harm that corrupt business practices do to the global economy. The SFO has three operational teams; the Evaluation and Intelligence team along with two investigative teams. The SFO operates under two sets of investigative powers. Part 1 of the SFO Act provides that it may act where the Director “has reason to suspect that an investigation into the affairs of any person may disclose serious or complex fraud.”  Part 2 of the SFO Act provides the SFO with more extensive powers where: “…the Director has reasonable grounds to believe that an offence involving serious or complex fraud may have been committed…”  In considering whether a matter involves serious or complex fraud, the Director may, among other things, have regard to: the suspected nature and consequences of the fraud and/or; the suspected scale of the fraud and/or; the legal, factual and evidential complexity of the matter and/or; any relevant public interest considerations. The SFO’s Annual Report 2016 sets out its achievements for the past year, while the Statement of Intent 2014-2018 sets out the SFO’s strategic goals and performance standards. Both are available online at The SFO Twitter feed is @FraudSeriousNZ

Communication by Social Media has become an everyday occurrence for many people however Harness Racing participants are reminded that Social Media is not to be used to do any of the following. To publish or make comments detrimental to the harness racing industry or other participants or officials. To direct abuse or inappropriate comments about individuals or organisations that participate in the harness racing industry. To assume or use the identity of another licensed person or official in the harness racing industry. Publish any information relating to harness racing which is confidential in nature or is part of an ongoing inquiry or investigation. Make any comment or post that could be considered abusive, offensive, threatening, racist, discriminatory, bullying, defamatory or disrespectful to a person or body in the harness racing industry. Participants are advised that use of Social Media in the above manner could see them in breach of AHRR 231- Misconduct, AHRR 243- behave in a manner prejudicial or detrimental to the industry. AHRR 248 and 249 also specifically deal with publishing material for an improper purpose relating to harness racing. Adrian Crowther Chairman of Stewards – Harness Racing.

On Thursday 29 June 2017, RWWA Stewards conducted an inquiry into the reasons for former licensed driving stablehand Terry Trewenack failing to provide a urine sample when directed to do so at a Gloucester Park race meeting in February 2016. At the time Mr Trewenack had been working as a stablehand and had left the racecourse without providing a sample after being directed to do so and Stewards have been unable to contact him until recently. After considering all the evidence, Mr Trewenack was issued a charge under rule 250A(1)(b) which states: A person carrying on or purporting to carry on an activity regulated by licence at any time or carrying on official duties at a meeting commits an offence if he or she refuses or fails to deliver a sample as directed by the stewards, or tampers with, adulterates, alters, substitutes or in any way hinders the collection of such sample or attempts to do any of these things. The specifics of the charge were that in February 2016 while licensed as a driving stablehand he failed to deliver a urine sample when directed to do so by Stewards at Gloucester Park Racecourse. Mr Trewenack pleaded guilty to the charge and was subsequently disqualified for a period of 6 months to take effect immediately. In determining penalty, Stewards took into account the following factors: • The seriousness of the offence • Mr Trewenack’s previous record • The need for the penalty to achieve specific and general deterrence • Mr Trewenack’s guilty plea and forthright evidence • His personal circumstances at the time of the offence and the steps that he has taken to improve his circumstances. Rhys Chappell Deputy Chief Steward

I thought it might be easier to just send this out in advance about the Meadowlands Pace entry box. Fear The Dragon was really in good form Saturday at the Hempt and we were tempted to change plans and go and supplement to the Meadowlands Pace. I had a private conversation with Jeff Gural, owner of the Meadowlands, a week earlier and told him I would be willing to supplement if it looked like there might be 13 or less entries so Dragon could get a bye and have a week off. But I told Jeff that I thought his 150 mile two week stabling rule was totally unfair to somebody from Ohio and there was no way I would do that to my horse. It would have forced Dragon to go straight from Pocono and spend two weeks there, while the New Jersey horses all get to sit at home. This is even if he had taken a bye.  For the good of the sport I might have supplemented, but that was the clincher in deciding to stick to his original schedule. Jeff admitted that his rule had unintended consequences but was not willing to change it. I told him that although I am totally supportive of out of competition testing, that his 150 mile rule was totally unfair and in fact, I think, illegal.  I told him and would go on record saying that this geographic rule is terrible for the sport and The Meadowlands, turning it into nothing more than a "B" track which is very sad. Even if I had already paid into the race in the normal fashion and he made that rule I would have refused to go. I might have even considered legal action because how can you do that to someone like Downbytheseaside who had paid in and everything? I told Brian Brown before the Hempt Final that unless that rule was changed that there is no way I would send Dragon. That is why Brian stated in the winner circle that he was "99%" certain that Dragon would not go. The rule was not changed and Seaside (who I do not own) did not return on the trailer with Dragon back to Ohio and headed for New Jersey right after the Hempt.  Dragon came straight back to my farm and is being rested to get ready for The Adios at the Meadows. My wife and I got engaged there 42 years ago so it is a race that means something to us, especially with Roger Huston calling the races. I had been planning to supplement to the Cane at the Meadowlands as well, but again if that rule stays in place I will not. I will also never stake another horse to the Meadowlands as long as Jeff discriminates against horses not trained in New Jersey. Bruce Trogdon   GURAL RESPONDS TO TROGDON’S ALLEGATIONS REGARDING MEADOWLANDS PACE TESTING PROTOCOL The following is Meadowlands Chairman Jeff Gural’s response to owner Bruce Trogdon, who has blamed Gural’s out-of-competition testing rules for not supplementing his top 3-year-old colt Fear The Dragon to the $700,000 Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace on July 15. “While we can appreciate Mr. Trogdon's position, everyone else has accepted the terms of our out-of-competition testing program and is ready to race. We host nearly $12 million in stakes races at the Meadowlands and no other harness track produces nightly wagering handle at our level. We achieve all of this without purses that are inflated by money from alternative gaming. Most importantly, we care about the integrity of our races, especially our signature events. If that makes us a "B Track" as Mr. Trogdon alleges, I would like to know what an "A Track" is.”    

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