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Racing Integrity’s Newest Threat: Human Designer Drugs?

It’s no secret the challenge of post-race drug testing has always been keeping regulators one step ahead of those who use illegal drugs or illegally manipulate medication. But with the advent of Internet sales and bitcoin, one laboratory director fears his job, and that of racing commissions everywhere, is about to get a lot more […]

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Study Of Inflammatory Markers Leaves Researchers With More Questions About Predicting Racehorse Injury

For years now, researchers have been searching for some kind of agent detectable in horses’ blood to warn them of an impending injury. Research presented by Dr. David Horohov of the Gluck Equine Research Center at the University of Kentucky at a recent Kentucky Equine Drug Research Council meeting shows the quest has continued to […]

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Study Suggests Need For Another Revision To Uniform Drug Guidelines

Recommended withdrawal guidelines for detomidine, commercially known as Dormosedan, may face review after a recent study suggested horses could test positive while adhering to the withdrawal guidelines, depending on the dose they receive. The current guideline from the Racing Medication Testing Consortium suggests the threshold for a positive be set at 2ng/ml in urine and […]

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Irma Recovery: University of Florida Back To Business After Hurricane

The University of Florida’s College of Veterinary Medicine Is back to business as usual this week, although many of its employees are still dealing with power, cell, and internet outages at home, thanks to Hurricane Irma. Sarah Carey, Director of Communications for the College, said both the college and University of Florida’s Veterinary Hospitals resumed […]

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Voss: What Songbird’s Vet Reports Might Reveal About Racehorse Injuries

When Fox Hill Farm announced the retirement of champion Songbird Aug. 31, owner Rick Porter made the somewhat unconventional decision to post part of the filly’s veterinary reports on Facebook to help fans understand the reasons for her departure. Those reports, from the office of Dr. Larry Bramlage at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in […]

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High Buyback Rate Punctuates Inaugural Edition of Fasig-Tipton Turf Showcase Sale

Fasig-Tipton completed its inaugural Turf Showcase Sale of Selected Yearlings on Sunday night with disappointing figures, including a buyback rate close to 50 percent. A total of 74 horses were sold, while 71 were not, making for an RNA rate of 48.9 percent. As of late Sunday, that figure included five horses sold privately after […]

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Seabiscuit, Neckties, And The Grey Ghost Of Sagamore: Vanderbilt Was Racing’s Consummate Promoter

Every now and then, when the mood struck him, Alfred G. Vanderbilt Jr. would stop shaving. After a couple of days, he’d pull a hat down over his brow and get dressed without putting on a tie. He’d forego the reserved boxes and the company of Broadway stars and slip in with the masses through […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Catholic Boy’s Victory Brings Young Trainer Thomas Full Circle

No one could blame Jonathan Thomas, 37, if he had been jumping for joy as the Grade 3 With Anticipation field entered the stretch at Saratoga on Aug. 30. After a bumpy exit from the starting gate, Thomas trainee Catholic Boy found a gap in traffic and inched steadily to victory through the final sixteenth […]

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Lost And Found Presented By Horseware: ‘Taxi’ Is All Grown Up

In 2013, readers fell in love with miracle baby Magna Fortuna, the subject of a profile we published when the gelding went into training. The son of Magna Graduate was rescued in utero when the Illinois Equine Humane Center (IEHC) pulled his dam, Silver Option, from a kill pen for $300. Gail Vacca, president and founder […]

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‘A Cop And A Cowboy’: Assistant Trainer Reflects On Luck, Love Of Horses, And Career

For six weeks every summer, Saratoga horsemen live to the rhythm of workouts, races, dinners, meetings, and the beat of Caroline Street. The return to Belmont is always a change of pace. The summer is over, and the barn is a little quieter. When Gary Contessa moves his stable back to Long Island this year […]

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