Jockey Club Report: Additional, Uniform Drug Testing Needed

by | 08.15.2014 | 6:38pm

According to a recent report by McKinsey & Co., racing is in need of more uniform testing and more out-of-competition testing. The Daily Racing Form‘s Matt Hegarty noted that the report aligns nicely with the objectives of the Jockey Club and others to turn federal regulation over to the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency.

The Jockey Club's Matt Iuliano believes that the current system, which allows states to contract any lab they choose to do post-race testing, makes it impossible to have true uniformity. The McKinsey report also suggested more out-of-competition testing, which requires far more funding than what states are spending on post-race testing now.

Currently, the depth and quality of states' post-race testing is dependent upon the amount of money the state's governments are willing to allocate to testing.

Read more at the Daily Racing Form

  • Hamish

    TJC is correct, Foreman is not. Should be interesting to follow, but in the end, a very short war.

    • Lynn

      Follow the money and it will answer most of the questions. The RMTC accredited lab Truesdail in California provides services on the cheap. They are paid so little that it would be hard for them to find salt in sea water.

      • Ben van den Brink

        A part is examined using old technology, and a part more modern. As long as you,re searching for just an part of more than 1500 medications, you,re getting not the results for keeping racing clean.

        States do not want to spend real money on this, just dooiing it for the outside world.

        • Lynn

          Correct. If you don’t spend much money, all you get is outdated methods that don’t find much. RMTC accreditation of labs doesn’t do any good when the lab is not paid enough to do to do proper testing.
          West Virginia just announced they are moving to the Truesdail lab in California, like many state racing commissions that go on the cheap, they do not want to find anything.

  • Racehorse Advocate

    Injecting racehorses with intravenous performance enhancing drugs shortly before they race is neither sporting or ethical. The practice is dangerous and medically unsound. Horseracing was designed to measure a horse’s natural ability and the trainer’s skill in conditioning and manifesting the horse’s inherent will to prevail.
    The Jockey Club seeks to make racing clean, which was the original intent of the sport. If horses require medication, they are not fit to race.

  • togahombre

    now, i know the jockey club bigs have some political juice, but all this talk of fed involvment and oversight comes from them and their backers, i know something drastic needs to be done, but nobody in govt seems to have picked up on this, mlb has gone on for 22 years without a true impartial commissioner, when selig retires at years end his replacement will likely be one of his yes -men or another owner-front office type, a steward of the business not the game, now they went thru a ped blowup; congressional hearings, threats but no federal action, despite the fact that their testing procedures are not up to usada standards, i mention all this because congress has granted an antitrust exemption to mlb, and they can withdraw it( the big stick), but they haven’t despite their occasional threats to do so, so if they’ve done nothing here despite not having a commissioner that represents the sport, who presided over mlb during a prolonged period of ped abuse, what makes the true believers so sure the feds have a desire to step into this mess when they only paid lip service to a similar case when they had the legal authority to step in, only asking

  • Horsesfirst

    RMTC lab accreditation is a joke,the bar is set so low,it is difficult not to pass.

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