Out-of-State Wagering on Lone Star to Suspend July 1

HISA is scheduled to take effect at the start of next month.


Following through on a previously issued memorandum defying compliance with the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority, Lone Star Park has been denied approval to export its racing signal out-of-state beginning July 1, Texas Racing Commission executive director Amy Cook confirmed June 15.

HISA is scheduled to take effect at the start of next month, although implementation of medication rules and enforcement will be delayed pending either adoption or rejection of the rules by the Federal Trade Commission after a public comment period.

The Lone Star Park Thoroughbred season concludes July 17.


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Lanerie Pursues Elusive ‘Big One’ in Kentucky Derby



Like most jockeys riding in the May 7 Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (G1) at Churchill Downs, Corey Lanerie has not yet tasted success in the 1 1/4-mile classic. But he has an inkling of the euphoria he might experience after threatening to win the 2017 race.

Riding the rail on late-running 33-1 longshot Lookin At Lee  , Lanerie grew excited on the second turn as his mount picked off rivals from the back of the pack to pull into second in early stretch, with only Always Dreaming   to catch.


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Un Ojo Out of Kentucky Derby, Ethereal Road Makes Field

Rebel Stakes (G2) winner came up with bruised left fore foot after April 30 work.


Dreams of a Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (G1) victory were dashed for some and sprang to life for others May 2 when Un Ojo  was declared out of the race because of a bruised left front foot, allowing Ethereal Road  to make the body of the 20-horse field.

Un Ojo’s trainer Ricky Courville confirmed the news to BloodHorse Monday.

“He came out of that work Saturday with a bruised foot and it’s just not the right thing to do to run him; he’s still a little tender on it,” Courville said. “We’ll let the dust settle … He might go to the farm here in Kentucky; he might come back home (to Louisiana), or if he’s better in a week, we might find something else for him.”


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CHRB Unanimously Backs Collecting HISA Fees

Betting is up marginally in the state and equine fatalities are down.


The California Horse Racing Board unanimously approved a motion in a board meeting April 21 to “opt-in” and remit Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority fees upon it receiving the necessary statutory authority.

The board’s actions follow recent similar moves by regulators in Kentucky and Minnesota, CHRB executive director Scott Chaney said. Elsewhere, regulators in New Jersey, Maryland, and Texas chose not to collect HISA assessments, with some citing conflicts with existing state laws.

If regulators decide not to collect and remit HISA assessments, the duty falls to covered racetracks. Federal regulation of the Thoroughbred racing industry under HISA begins July 1.


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Graham ‘s Cruiser First Winner for Hard Aces

Hard Aces, by Hard Spun, won the 2015 Gold Cup at Santa Anita Stakes (G1).



Graham ‘s Cruiser  became the first winner for Louisiana stallion Hard Aces  when he won a state-bred maiden race at Delta Downs Feb. 11.

The 3-year-old raced in fourth for the first three-eighths of a mile before gaining on the leaders and taking the lead in the final furlong. He won by three-quarters of a length, racing five furlongs in 1:00.78 under C. J. McMahon. He earned $22,800 for winning the $38,000 race.

Hard Aces was retired after running 11th in the Berkeley Handicap (G3) at Golden Gate Fields in November 2017 and went to stud the following year at Averett Farm in Louisiana. He currently stands there for a $2,000 fee.


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Texas Racing Commission Suspends Hair Drug Testing

Hair testing in racehorses began last May in Texas.


The Texas Racing Commission has suspended hair testing of racehorses in the state, the regulator announced Jan. 14.

Amy Cook, executive director of the TRC, wrote in an email to BloodHorse that the move was “a response to the concerns raised by Texas Horsemen’s Partnership that needed to be addressed.” She noted that “specifically, the way the commission implemented the hair testing procedure in May 2021 did not provide adequate notice and transparent procedures to participants.”

Along with existing blood and urine testing, some tracks, organizations, and regulators have added hair testing in recent years. In Texas, shortly after hair testing began last May, the Sam Houston Futurity for Quarter Horses was run as a non-wagering event after the majority of the 10 finalists failed hair tests for either albuterol or clenbuterol.


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Grade 1-Winning Sprinter No Parole Retired

Last year he won the Woody Stephens Stakes (G1) on Belmont Stakes Day.

Maggi Moss and Greg Tramontin’s grade 1 winner No Parole has been retired after being eased and finishing last in the $100,000 Louisiana Champions Day Sprint Stakes Dec. 11 at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.

The victory was the third consecutive distant finish for the 4-year-old Violence   colt. As a younger horse, the Tom Amoss trainee won five of his first six races, including the 2020 Woody Stephens Stakes Presented by Claiborne Farm (G1) on Belmont Stakes Day. After that victory, he went 1-for-7, winning only the Louisiana Bred Premier Sprint Stakes at Delta Downs in February.

“No Parole has been a once in a lifetime horse,” Moss tweeted shortly after Saturday’s race. “He has trained super, sound, healthy—went into the race great—when a horse doesn’t want to do it anymore—we honor that and retire him 100% sound and happy.”


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Louisiana Trainer, Racing Official Palmisano Dies at 74

Palmisano trained through 2005 and later became paddock judge at Fair Grounds.

Gary Palmisano Sr., a longtime trainer and racing official in Louisiana, died Dec. 1 in New Orleans after a 19-year fight with cancer. He was 74.

Palmisano trained from 1976-2005, according to Equibase, winning 353 races for owners that included Bryan and Vickie Krantz, who raced as Krantz Stable and were prior owners of Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots and the defunct Jefferson Downs. Led by stakes winners Destiny Calls  and Coach Rags, Palmisano’s horses earned just shy of $4 million.

Palmisano died in the early morning Wednesday with his wife Karen and son Gary by his side. The latter is an executive for Churchill Downs.


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Trainer Stewart Tries to ‘Crush It’ as Sequist Co-Owner

“You can’t make any money training horses,” he said.


As NetJets Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) entrant Sequist  fidgeted on a wash rack when receiving a bath on the Del Mar backstretch this week, her handler adjusted a shank and encouraged her to be still.

Holding the 2-year-old filly wasn’t a hotwalker. It was trainer Dallas Stewart.

Asked of his hands-on approach, he responded, “I’m the owner. I’d better.”

He is—one of them. The graded-placed filly is owned by West Point Thoroughbreds, Gervais Racing, Charles Pigg, Stewart Racing Stable, Tom Andres, and Karen Kraft—or as Stewart describes Andres and Kraft, “my doctor and my real estate neighbor.


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Desormeaux Brothers Team Up with Oviatt Class

Son of Bernardini starts Nov. 5 in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) at Del Mar.


Racing fans don’t need the overnight to learn the jockey on the Keith Desormeaux-trained Oviatt Class  in the $2 million TVG Breeder’s Cup Juvenile Presented by Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (G1) Nov. 5 at Del Mar. It’s Keith’s brother, Kent.

“As I told you and I tell everybody else, I’ve got no choice while my mother’s still living,” quipped Keith.

One liners aside, Keith wouldn’t want it differently. Ask him to comment on Kent, and he is quick to praise his younger sibling, who resumed riding over the winter after addressing repeat alcohol abuse. Last summer in the Del Mar area, he was involved in a physical altercation after drinking and was also accused of using a racial epithet—actions that led the track to bar him from riding for the rest of its summer meet.


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