Posted: March 2, 2021

Cheating and Race Fixing in Horse Racing

Cheating, The Fix is in Following is the first in a series of articles on cheating and race fixing in Thoroughbred Horse Racing, the Sport of Kings. Jonathan Stettin will expound on the various ways people cheat and attempt to fix the outcome of horse races. It may sound far fetched, but history says that it isn't and we have all heard the saying where there is a will there is a way. When money is involved people will try almost anything. Jonathan has been around the sport a long...

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Posted: February 25, 2021

Claiming game, good or bad for Thoroughbred Racing, How the IRS changed the sport from breeding to race to breeding to sell

On this Past the Wire TV show Jeff Metz and Jonathan Stettin talk about whether the long standing practice of running claiming races in the US is good or bad for the horse and the sport. They contrast it with how things are done in other parts of the world. Jeff and Jon take a look back at how the sport changed from a breeding to race game to a breeding to sell game and what it was that originally happened to drive the large powerhouse farms out of the...

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Posted: March 3, 2021

The Business of Racing: What’s the Stallion Cap Lawsuit All About?

By Steve Zorn Last week, three of the leading Kentucky thoroughbred stallion farms –Ashford Stud, Spendthrift and Three Chimneys – sued the Jockey Club and the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, seeking to overturn a new Jockey Club rule that would eventually limit stallion books to a maximum of 140 mares per breeding season. The lawsuit is still in its early stages, but it raises some interesting questions about both the economics and the genetics of thoroughbred breeding. First, the rule: Jockey Club stud book rule 14C, adopted last May, says...

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