The Minister of Racing is now taking a more cautious approach to reform of the racing industry after intense lobbying from racing clubs, warnings that the reforms are unworkable and signs from his majority coalition partner that it will not support some of the proposed changes.
Steroid scandals and the associated suspension of races did not scare away the loyal fans of the Iwate Prefectural Horse Racing Association (Iwate Keiba), as demonstrated by its recently-reported revenue returns.
The Iwate Prefectural Horse Racing Association (Iwate Keiba) has been forced to suspend its races indefinitely after a horse which won a race at Morioka Racecourse on October 28 tested positive for the steroid boldenone, the third such incident since July.
A team of six experts under the chairmanship of Yoshiro Chiba, a prefectural government officer, have begun their investigation of how it is that two horses of the Iwate Prefectural Horse Racing Association (Iwate Keiba) tested positive for the steroid boldenone.
A survey by the Board of Audit found that about 80 percent of big winners in horse racing and bicycle racing fail to report their gambling earnings to the tax authorities.