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Study Focuses On Whipping

March 12, 2018:

The topic of whip use in harness racing seems to rear its head for discussion when it is least expected. A group of researchers focusing on whip use has crunched numbers on more than 133,000 Standardbred races, and it has recently released its findings....read on

Whipping Analysis Goes High Tech

January 29, 2018:

The use of the whip has been a hot topic of discussion in the harness racing industry for years. It can be argued that scrutiny in regard to whip use has never been higher than what it is right now. Although, a new product has hit the market that could see that scrutiny go through the roof....read on

New Meadowlands Whipping Rule

September 11, 2017:

On Monday, September 11, the Meadowlands Racetrack served notice to drivers that whipping violations and illegal urging techniques are now under increased scrutiny. The scrutiny could lead to a one-year bar from competing at Jeff Gural’s three tracks (the Meadowlands Racetrack, Tioga Downs, Vernon Downs)....read on

Australia Delays Whip Ban

June 10, 2017:

The Executive of Harness Racing Australia (HRA) has reaffirmed its commitment to the removal of the use of whips in harness racing, but announced this week it would not implement such rules by the previously-stated September 1 date....read on

Australia To Ban Whips

December 10, 2016:

In a move sure to spark much discussion, Australia's harness racing industry has announced that the country will ban the use of existing whips in 2017....read on

Second Ruling After Whipping Incident

June 6, 2016:

A racing participant that recently whipped another participant mid-race has been handed a ruling by the presiding racing commission....read on

Mid-Race Fight During Homestretch

May 26, 2016:

Passions can run pretty hot during horse races, but that passion clearly boiled over during a recent contest. As a result, one racing participant has been handed a suspension and ordered to attend anger management classes....read on

Ohio Committee Passes Whip Rules

June 23, 2015:

Harness racing drivers in Ohio face stiffer penalties and more restrictions on the use of whips under a new rule that passed through the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review on Monday, June 23....read on

Proposed Whipping Rule Backlash

April 16, 2015:

One of the top drivers in the sport has spoken out on proposed new whipping rules that he says are "too restrictive” and “almost completely take the whip away."...read on

New Pennsylvania Whipping Rules

September 25, 2014:

On Thursday, September 25, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture announced that it is imposing stricter standards to safeguard equine athletes from direct contact with whips during harness racing at the state’s tracks....read on

Whipping Mars Match Race

December 14, 2012:

A relatively small media ripple was created earlier this week during the lead up to what was supposed to be a positive Wednesday, December 12 match race between South African Paralympic runner Oscar Pistorius and an Arabian horse. Now, those associated with the event are hoping that the excessive whipping that the horse endured does not create a negative tidal wave in the mainstream media....read on

Tioga Whipping Pilot Program To Take Effect Saturday

June 14, 2012:

Tioga Downs has joined forces with the Southern Tier Harness Horsemen’s Association in developing a pilot program for whipping that will take effect this Saturday night....read on

Big M Implements New Whipping Policy

May 4, 2012:

A change in rules governing the use of the whip in harness races at the Meadowlands Racetrack will take effect this weekend...read on

Big M To Address Whipping

March 15, 2012:

Via release, Meadowlands Racetrack operator Jeff Gural has announced that the New Jersey raceway is looking into making changes to its current policies regarding drivers' use of the whip during its horse races...read on

More Talks Scheduled Over Whipping

October 31, 2011:

According to a report, renewed talks are scheduled for Tuesday, November 1 between the British Horseracing Authority and the Professional Jockeys Association in regard to the ongoing disagreement between jockeys and the BHA over a controversial new whipping rule...read on


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