Charles Hayward
Congressmen Andy Barr, from Kentucky, and Paul Tonko, of New York, have introduced a bill in Congress calling for the creation of a national anti-doping agency for horseracing. It would replace the largely ineffectual network of state regulatory agencies currently managing all medication rule-making, testing and penalties for the industry. If passed, the bill (H.R. 3084, commonly referred to as...


Stopchargingmaria shows the way as Town and Country 'dabble' in racing

With her hands clasped together, owner Kiki Courtelis stood in the winner’s circle at Saratoga Race Course earlier this month and watched with pride as her filly Stopchargingmaria walked toward her, led by her 83-year-old

Meet the father and son team so crucial to the Todd Pletcher operation

There is a common denominator tying together the 3,800-plus career winners saddled to date by trainer Todd Pletcher. Blacksmiths Ray Amato Sr.

Why Baffert didn't need too much convincing to run Pharoah at the 'Graveyard of Favorites'

Despite his early waffling on whether to run Triple Crown winner American Pharoah in the GI Travers Stakes at Saratoga, trainer Bob Baffert had to be taken at his word that the reason for his uncertainty was concern for th

The axe hovers overhead, but it's carry on regardless at British racing's funding HQ

It’s known as the “Racing Right” - the new system the British Government wants introduced to replace the sport’s main funding mechanism, the Levy, by which racing gets a cu

'Weather geek' Schera just can't stop himself buying racehorses

Owner Matt Schera recalls a time when he was a teenager and couldn’t help notice the ever-growing, towering stack of Daily Racing Forms belonging to his mother.

The inspirational architecture of the racecourse that gave the world its first grandstand

“It is reasonably believed there had always been some form of horseracing from the very earliest moment at which there were two horses and two Yorkshiremen in the county of Ridings,” reflected Robert Black, a 19th-century authority on British racing.

The power of Love helps catapult aristocrat Palmer towards the training big league


One of John Nerud's finest: Remembering the remarkable Ta Wee

Legendary trainer John Nerud, who died last week aged 102, was responsible for a host of outstanding horses, including Delegate, Gallant Man, Intentionally, Dr.

An American in Paris: How Gina Rarick made her mark in French racing

Gina Rarick doesn’t mince her words, as readers of her online blog will testify.

How a low-budget horse trader unearthed two Royal Ascot G1 winners in four years

They say lightning never strikes twice in the same place. In racing terms, Tom Morley is living proof that it does.