Karen M. Johnson

Articles by Karen Johnson

NYRA Schedules Second Hearing Over Detention Barn Breach

The New York Racing Association has scheduled another hearing June 24 to investigate trainer Jeff Mullins' actions in the Aqueduct detention barn April 4.

An enhanced version of NYRA's Barn Area Violations Panel already held one hearing in Read More

Daughters of Man Accused of Cruelty Relinquish Licenses

Kristen and Jennifer Paragallo, the daughters of Ernie Paragallo who faces 22 counts of animal cruelty, have relinquished their owners' licenses.

"The surrendering of the two licenses from (Paragallo's) daughters came during our suitability Read More

Big Brown Injured; Out of Breeders' Cup

Big Brown was declared out of the Breeders' Cup Classic after sustaining an injury during a workout at Aqueduct this morning.

The winner of the Kentucky Derby had worked in company with Kip Deville over the turf course, with the stablemates Read More

Curlin Stares Down Cigar's Earnings Mark

All eyes will be on reigning Horse of the Year Curlin as he takes aim at Cigar's all-time earnings record in the $750,000 Jockey Club Gold Cup Invitational Sept. 27 at Belmont Park.

Eight horses will challenge Curlin, the defending Gold Cup Read More

Trainers Weigh in on Racehorse Shoe Regulations

Some leading New York trainers said a ban on toe grabs on racehorses' shoes will help level the playing field, but they're not all convinced the shoes are responsible for catastrophic injuries.

The New York Racing Association in early August Read More

Synthetic Track Surfaces Discussed in New York

A cross-section of the racing industry addressed the New York Task Force on Retired Race Horses on the subject of synthetic surfaces at a one-day forum held July 29 at the Fasig-Tipton Sales Co. pavilion in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

Sixteen Read More

Big Brown Works for First Time Since Belmont

Dual classic winner Big Brown returned to the track July 2 for his first "breeze" since being pulled up in the June 7 Belmont Stakes. The move was extremely slow, but apparently the five-furlong move in a dawdling 1:06 3/5 at Aqueduct did not Read More

Big Brown's Belmont Drug Tests Negative

George Maylin, DVM, PhD, the director of the New York State Racing and Wagering Board drug testing and research program at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., said the post-race test results on Belmont Stakes favorite Big Brown came back "clean" Read More

Dutrow Responds to Suspension Relating to Clenbuterol

Trainer Rick Dutrow Jr. addressed the media at his own request June 27 outside his Aqueduct barn to set the record straight on his 15-day ban in Kentucky for an overage of the bronchodilator clenbuterol in Salute the Count, the runner-up of the Read More

Big Brown's Owners Prepare to Open Belmont Equine Hospital

At the beginning of 2008, International Equine Acquisitions Holdings (IEAH) anticipated that its biggest event of the year would be the opening of the $17-million equine medical facility it built and funded a stone's throw outside the gates of Read More

Big Brown Trainer, Jockey Meet

Trainer Rick Dutrow's initial displeasure over Kent Desormeaux's ride aboard Triple Crown hopeful Big Brown in the June 7 Belmont Stakes had abated quite a bit the morning of June 11, after he met with the Hall of Fame jockey. Dutrow said Read More

Big Brown Continues Triple Crown Quest

Big Brown hit the Belmont Park track early June 5 with a morning jog around the sloppy and sealed main track about 5:45 EDT. With Michelle Nevin aboard, the colt traveled through the paddock, out of the tunnel, and onto the main track.

Nevi Read More

Big Brown Arrives at Belmont

Big Brown arrived in style at Belmont Park May 19. With a police escort in front and a UPS truck behind, a Brook Ledge van delivered the winner of the first two legs of the Triple Crown to a loading ramp near Barn 2 at 2:25 p.m.

Big Brown Read More

New York Racing Board Alters Whip Violation Rule

A rule that would permit stewards to disqualify a horse should his rider carelessly strike another horse or rider with his whip was recently adopted by the New York State Racing and Wagering Board.

The board approved the final adoption of Read More