What is a Horse Racing Steward?

Horse race stewards have important ties to Louisville, which is a world destination for those willing to take their place in the hot seat.

“People don’t know them, because if nothing ever goes wrong you don’t even know they exist…which is how it should be,” Terri Burch, the UofL Equine Industry Program Coordinator, said.

Burch is also one of the designers of the accreditation program, called ROAP, for race stewards. ROAP stands for Racing Officials Accreditation Program. It is the overseeing agency.

The three people sitting in that room at Churchill Downs that decided Maximum Security was disqualified went through ROAP.

So, who would want to be a steward?  Read on…

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