Jack Shinar

Jack Shinar is a frequent contributor to The Blood-Horse magazine and is part of their Digital Media department.

Articles by Jack Shinar

Curlin Nears Cigar's Earnings Record

Defending Horse of the Year Curlin made his return to dirt racing in the $500,000 Woodward Stakes a successful one at Saratoga Aug. 30, but he had to work to get the job done.

Curlin, the 3-10 favorite against six rivals, looked like a big Read More

California Steps Up Racehorse Steroid Rule Enforcement

The California Horse Racing Board announced it is stepping up enforcement of its medication rules with increased pre-race and out-of-competition testing and by prohibiting horses from running for 30 days after they've been administered anabolic Read More

Santa Anita Track Footing Nearly Ready to Test

With the Breeders' Cup at Santa Anita less than 10 weeks away, track president Ron Charles told the California Horse Racing Board (CHRB) that its new synthetic racing surface is nearly ready for the acid test.

"The track's coming along Read More

Endangered Mares Removed From Feed Lot

Following more than a week of difficult negotiations, 36 pregnant Thoroughbred mares and one stallion were removed from a Phoenix, Ariz., feedlot Aug. 15 and are now at two safe locations in the state, eventually bound for new homes.

That's th Read More

Finger Lakes Thoroughbred Adoption Program Fulfills Need

With the vision of a few caring people, in 2004 Finger Lakes Gaming and Racetrack in Farmington, N.Y., created the first Thoroughbred adoption facility run as a collaborative effort between racetrack management and local horsemen. They named it Read More

Endangered Thoroughbreds on the Way to Being Rescued

Forty-six Thoroughbreds that wound up on a feedlot in Phoenix, Ariz., are on their way to being rescued, according to the president of a Southern California horse retirement farm who has spearheaded the effort to save the animals.

"I'm Read More

California Horsemen Told to Stop Steroid Use

If your horse is being treated with anabolic steroids and you plan to race in California, the time to stop administering them is now.

That's the word from Richard Shapiro, chairman of the California Horse Racing Board, and Rick Arthur, DVM, th Read More

45 Panelists Named for California Synthetic Surface Forum

There are 45 panelists confirmed for a special California Horse Racing Board (CHRB) forum to discuss synthetic track surfaces Feb. 20 at Santa Anita Park.

Separate panels are scheduled to be represented by jockeys, synthetic track manufacturer Read More

California Racing Board to Review Synthetic Surfaces

The California Horse Racing Board has scheduled a special forum to discuss synthetic track surfaces Feb. 20 at Santa Anita Park.

As many as 38 panelists from all segments of the horse-racing industry are invited to take part in the Read More

Santa Anita to Close for Footing Fix

A liquid binder officials believe will save Santa Anita Park's Cushion Track should take about 10 days to acquire and another four to mix with the synthetic racing surface, the California Horse Racing Board was told Jan. 16.

Track president Read More

Santa Anita Track Drainage Dilemma Not Over

Knee deep in controversy over drainage problems with Santa Anita's new synthetic racetrack and heavy rainfall expected this week, the company that installed the surface has acknowledged that the issue remains unresolved.

In a Jan. 2 press Read More

California's Golden Gate Fields Unveils Synthetic Racing Surface

Northern California horsemen are hoping that Tapeta Footings will put the bounce back in their racing circuit.

To unanimous endorsement by those on hand Nov. 7, Magna Entertainment's Golden Gate Fields unveiled its new $10-million synthetic Read More

Jockey Suspended, Fined for Whipping Injured Horse

An apologetic Russell Baze was suspended for 15 days by Bay Meadows stewards and fined $2,500 Aug. 26 for misusing his whip as the result of a complaint arising from an incident at the Bay Area track last week.

"I'm not going to try to Read More

Installation Date Set for New Surface at Golden Gate

Permits in place, Golden Gate Fields plans to begin construction of its new Tapeta Footings racing surface July 23, track general manager Robert Hartman said Friday.

The track has an Oct. 12 move-in date, Hartman added, but officials would like Read More

Seabiscuit Descendant Foaled Near Famous Ancestor's Home

Bronze Sea, a filly descended from Seabiscuit, was foaled at Tim and Jacqueline Cooper's American Legend Horse Farm in Northern California on May 23.

The dark bay filly is by High Brite and is out of the At the Threshold mare All in Fashion Read More

Environmental Concerns Could Delay Tapeta Surface at Golden Gate

Environmental concerns could cause a delay in plans by Golden Gate Fields to install an all-weather racing surface this summer, the planning manager for the City of Albany, Calif., acknowledged May 16.

"It's hard to say at this point," Read More

Calif. Racing Board Votes to Outlaw Toe Grabs

The California Horse Racing Board will begin enforcing a regulation outlawing the use of front toe grabs exceeding four millimeters in length after commissioners voted Feb. 22 to reverse their decision last month to ignore the rule.

The Read More

CHRB Committee Urges Drug Policy Changes

The California Horse Racing Board, under fire for its drug enforcement policies, would dramatically change penalties for many violations and repeat offenses under recommendations passed on to the full commission by its medication committee Jan. Read More

Herpes Tests Show Five of Six Negative at Golden Gate

Five of the six horses previously identified with equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) at  Golden Gate Fields Thoroughbred Racetrack in California tested negative in samples taken Jan. 5, reported the director of the large animal clinic at the Read More

EHV: Five More California Horses Positive for Neurogenic Strain

Five more horses from trainer Lloyd Mason's barn at Golden Gate Fields have tested positive for a neurogenic strain of equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) after final samples were tested on New Year's Day, although none are showing symptoms of the Read More

Bay Meadows Might Defer Synthetic Track Decision

Bay Meadows Race Course, long rumored to be facing demolition in favor of redevelopment plans approved by the city of San Mateo, might seek an exemption from a California Horse Racing Board mandate to replace its existing dirt track with an Read More

The Golden Boy: Reflections on Champion Precisionist

California lost the golden boy of its golden age of horse racing Sept. 26 with the death of Precisionist at the age of 25 (click here for the story on his death). The champion was Read More

California Official Wants Vets Held Accountable for Medication Violations

Rick Arthur, DVM, the new equine medical director of the California Horse Racing Board, told a meeting of state horse breeders Sept. 22 that he plans to hold veterinarians accountable when trainers they advise are found in violation of horse Read More

Del Mar Gets Initial Approval for Synthetic Track

The Del Mar Thoroughbred Club gained unanimous approval Sept. 12  to install an $8 million synthetic surface  from the board of directors of the agricultural district that oversees the seaside track.

Craig Fravel, Del Mar's Read More

Lost in the Fog Given "Reasonable Chance"

The veterinarian treating sprint champion Lost in the Fog for cancerous tumors said Friday that the colt has "a reasonable chance" of reducing them to a size that's conducive for chemotherapy or surgery.

Dr. Gary Magdesian, chief of Read More