The Tactical Research Program is not widely known by most in the racing industry – and that's just the way officials with the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium have wanted it.
The RMTC implemented the program over two years ago, with the purpose collecting information about new drugs in use at the racetrack, and to develop tests that can detect the drugs before horsemen are aware that such tests exist. According to the Daily Racing Form, the RMTC acts as a hub for the gather any information on illegal substances that have made their way to the track. Officials rely of confidential tips from state investigators, veterinarians, and trainers.
Dr. Dionne Benson, executive director of the RMTC, told the Form that when a “credible threat” is received, the organization obtains samples of the drug and then contracts with laboratories to assess the effects of the substance. If needed, a test to detect the substance is then developed.
The program currently operates on a very limited budget – it was given $100,000 ‘start up' funding by The Jockey Club, so officials must have verifiable information that a drug is actually being used.
Read more in the Daily Racing Form
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