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Racehorse owners told to repay over £500,000 as winning horse stripped of title

, Racehorse owners told to repay over £500,000 as winning horse stripped of title

Legal Battle Unveiled

Owners of the renowned racehorse, Justify, have been instructed to repay more than £500,000 following the disqualification of the horse's 2018 victory at the Santa Anita Derby, a whopping six years after the race took place.

From Winner to Disqualified

Justify, a celebrated American colt, had clinched the Triple Crown, but his triumph has been tainted due to the discovery of a performance-enhancing substance in his system, leading to his disqualification from the Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby.

Legal Action and Reimbursements

After a legal dispute initiated by Mick Ruis, the owner of the initial runner-up, Bolt d’Oro, Justify was stripped of his title, with Bolt d’Oro being declared the rightful winner. Ruis was awarded the original prize money of £444,444 along with an additional £240,000, while the winning jockey and trainer were instructed to return their respective £46,500 winnings.

Controversy Surrounding the Drug Test

Trainer Bob Baffert had previously attributed the positive drug test to contaminated feed, a claim refuted by the legal proceedings. Despite Justify's impressive racing record, his victory at the Santa Anita Derby has now been expunged from official records.

The Legacy of Justify

Justify, known as one of the finest American racehorses, had an impeccable career record before the disqualification. His offspring, such as City Of Troy, are already making waves in the racing world, with high expectations for future successes.

Repayment Deadline

The owners of Justify were instructed to return the prize money by April 29, marking the conclusion of a lengthy legal battle surrounding the superstar horse.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How does the handicapping system work in UK Horse Racing?

The handicap system in UK horse racing is designed to ensure that every horse has an equal chance at winning. In essence, the weights that horses carry in a race are determined by their previous performances. Better horses carry heavier loads to even the playing field for horses with less impressive past performances. In the UK, the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) is responsible for handicapping. Their team of handicappers updates ratings regularly after races.

How do you ensure the safety and well-being of both horses and riders during a race.

In UK horse racing, the safety of horses and riders are of paramount importance. There are strict regulations in place that ensure racecourses adhere to high safety standards. Horses receive health checks prior to and after races. Jocks are also required to wear protective gear like helmets and body guards. A rapid response team and veterinarians are on call to respond quickly and effectively in the event of an incident.

How can I read a racecard easily?

It is important to read a racecard in order to understand the race and the horses that are running. A racecard usually lists information such as the horse’s name, age and weight, along with the trainer, jockey and form figures that show past performance. By learning how to interpret these data, you can better gauge each horse’s chances. As part their customer service, most racecourses or betting services provide guides to help you read racecards.

What is the significance and history of the jockey silks?

The jockey’s silks are the colorful and patterned garments worn during a race. Each set has a unique number and is registered to a horse’s owner. This allows spectators and officials the ability to quickly identify horses in the race. Silks are often a tradition or hold sentimental value for their owners. They can be adorned with a variety colors, patterns, and symbols.

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What does the term ‘photo finish’ mean in horse racing?

In a ‘photofinish’, two or more horses are so close to each other that it’s impossible to tell who won with the naked eyes. In such instances, race officials use a finish-line camera that captures images at high speeds to review the precise moment each horse’s nose reaches the line. The photo-finish image allows officials to accurately determine the official order.

What are the UK’s ‘Classics in horse racing’?

‘Classics’ in UK horse racing refer to a series of five prestigious races that are traditionally considered the most esteemed contests for three-year-old thoroughbreds. The 2,000 Guineas is one of them. The other four are The Epsom Derby and The Epsom Oaks. This is a major achievement for any horse. Winning the Triple Crown is even more impressive.


  • British racing oversees around 1,500 fixtures annually across its 59 racecourses.
  • The Grand National at Aintree boasts a prize fund of around £1 million, making it the most valuable jump race in Europe.
  • There are over 8,000 active racehorse owners in the UK, ranging from royals to common citizens.
  • British horse racing generates over £350 million in annual tax revenues for the UK government.
  • Horse racing contributes an estimated £3.7 billion to the UK economy directly and indirectly each year.
  • The annual Cheltenham Festival has an economic impact of over £100 million for the local Gloucestershire economy.

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How To

How to Follow the Horse Racing Season Calendar for UK

If you want to follow the UK’s horse racing calendar, first note the dates for major races and festivals. These are usually announced towards the end of each previous season. The flat racing calendar runs from March until November. Jump racing takes place mainly from November to April. Use an online racing diary, subscribe a magazine for racing, or follow the racing organization on Facebook to get the latest updates. This will ensure you don’t miss out on any key events in the UK horse racing schedule.

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