In his second installment in a blog series for Horse Racing Reform, longtime horse racing regulator Joe Gorajec writes his records search in Pennsylvania has revealed six more cases of positive corticosteroid tests which never resulted in sanctions.
Earlier this year, Gorajec highlighted an incident from 2017 in which a harness horse tested for a 95.4 pg/ml concentration of flumethasone, which was inexplicably rescinded by the Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission because it was below 100 pg/ml.
Flumethasone is not recognized as a therapeutic substance by the Association of Racing Commissioners International's National Uniform Medication Program, or indeed, by most other racing jurisdictions (including Pennsylvania), according to Gorajec. Typically, any concentration of a substance not specifically permitted by therapeutic drug guidelines in a state is considered a positive.
Several months later, Gorajec's public records requests eventually yielded documents showing six more flumethasone positives in 2016 which resulted in no administrative action.
The Pennsylvania commission's philosophy on their decision not to prosecute has Gorajec wondering: What other drugs have been detected and not considered positives because the state has no threshold defined for them?
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