drugs in racing

Dr. Larry Bramlage of Rood & Riddle
‘Beaten Down By The PR Machine’: Bramlage On The Best Prescription For Racing

Dr. Larry Bramlage, renowned orthopedic surgeon specializing in Thoroughbred racehorses, said the time has come for those in the racing business to stop expecting the public to see things the same way horsemen do. Speaking at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital’s annual client education seminar this week, Bramlage was one of a panel of speakers […]

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Kentucky Rescinds Dextrorphan Positives, But No Victory For Proponents Of Environmental Contamination

The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission agreed earlier this year to rescind three recent violations related to overages of dextrorphan, a metabolite of dextromethorphan. However, according to Dr. Mary Scollay, equine medical director for the commission, the dismissal shouldn’t be seen as a victory by horsemen and veterinarians concerned about environmental contamination. The three findings were […]

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Jamie Ness
Ness Begins 100-Day Suspension For 2012-’14 Clenbuterol Violations

Trainer Jamie Ness began serving a 100-day suspension on Feb. 19 for multiple Class 3 medication violations in Florida from December 2012 through April 2014. The suspension and $4,800 fine were for 12 clenbuterol positives that were part of a negotiated settlement with the Florida Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering, the state’s regulatory agency. Four additional […]

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When Is Tough Drug Testing Too Tough? Trainers, Scientists Voice Concern About Contamination

As post-race drug testing technology continues to improve, some veterinarians and scientists have begun to wonder: at what point do tests catch “pharmacologically irrelevant” amounts of a foreign substance? In a recent article for Trainer magazine, writer Denise Steffanus notes some drugs are known to live in the environment for a longer period than others, and receiving […]

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Ed Martin, president of the Association of Racing Commissioners International
ARCI’s Martin: Cheating Not ‘Ubiquitous’ In Racing

Ed Martin, president of the Association of Racing Commissioners International, submitted the following as a rebuttal to a recent two-part series in the Paulick Report, written by former Indiana Horse Racing Commission executive director Joe Gorajec. Those articles, dealing with what Gorajec referred to as a “culture of cheating,” can be read here as part […]

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Combating A Culture Of Cheating: Betting On A New Paradigm

(Second of a two-part series. Click here to read part one.) In U.S. racing, each state has the sole authority to regulate all racing within its borders. There is no central, unifying authority. This has led to state-to-state differences in medication rules, drug testing procedures and penalties for violations. These differences often can be stark. In […]

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California Veterinarian’s List: Steroid Reporting By The Numbers

When news broke last month that Breeders’ Cup Sprint runner-up Masochistic tested positive for anabolic steroids after the race, many fans were shocked to learn steroids are still present in American racing. In California, a trainer must report the administration of anabolic steroids to a horse in his care to the California Horse Racing Board, […]

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Masochistic wins his first race of 2016 on July 8 after spending time on the vet's list so he could be treated with an anabolic steroid
Yet Another Chapter In The Masochistic Saga

Anyone else suffering from Masochistic fatigue? For a 6-year-old who’s made just 14 career starts, he sure gets a lot of attention. There was the big maiden win at Churchill Downs on Kentucky Derby day in 2014 when the California-bred gelding won by 14 lengths. His career debut six weeks earlier – against fellow Cal-breds […]

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John Ward
Kentucky Horseman John Ward Joins WHOA

A graduate of the University of Kentucky and a third generation thoroughbred trainer active in the industry for over 50 years, John T. Ward has been a persistent advocate for rational model drug rules and a confirmed proponent of compromise between industry factions at odds on the most critical issue facing the sport. In his […]

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Trainer Ramon Preciado reached 1,000 career victories at Parx Racing in 2015
Two More Preciado Runners Disqualified At Parx Following Positive Tests For Clenbuterol

Two horses trained by Ramon Preciado have tested positive for clenbuterol and disqualified from second-place finishes at Parx Racing in Pennsylvania in September and October, bringing to 14 the total number of positive tests for the bronchodilator the trainer has accumulated since August 2015. According to stewards’ rulings at Parx dated Nov. 28, Hey Kiddo, […]

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