New York Approves Extensive New Drug Rules

by | 11.24.2014 | 2:54pm

The New York State Gaming Commission approved major new drug rules that will go into effect Jan. 1, 2015.

According to a report in the Blood-Horse, it is the most extensive set of changes in over 30 years in New York. The comprehensive changes will provide a more “certain threshold for allowable amounts of medication from two dozen different drugs in Thoroughbreds prior to running in a race.”

The New York Racing Association issued the following statement in support of the new rules:

The New York Racing Association applauded today's New York State Gaming Commission approval of new rules which establish threshold limits for 24 therapeutic medications and restrict the use of three corticosteroids in racehorses.

The new regulations are modeled on uniform medication rules developed by the Association of Racing Commissioners International.

“These new rules are in the best interest of the health and welfare of the racehorses, the safety of all participants and further promote the integrity of thoroughbred horse racing,” said New York Racing Association Chief Executive Officer and President Christopher K. Kay. “The adoption of these regulations by the Gaming Commission is another step forward in the ongoing efforts of thoroughbred racing regulators in many states and other participants to adopt uniform and effective equine medication rules across the country.”

Last month, Kay expressed the New York Racing Association's enthusiastic support of the new regulations.

Kay noted that when the NYRA Reorganization Board was formed in 2012, it established two Board Committees, Equine Safety and Racing, to review and monitor safety, integrity and related medication issues. These Board Committees worked with New York Racing Association management to establish an industry-leading program of surveillance and testing to ensure compliance with the Gaming Commission's medications regulations.

Based on input from these committees and experts, the New York Racing Association Board of Directors authorized management to publicly support the proposed regulations, which reflect the organization's continued commitment to equine safety and the integrity of thoroughbred racing.

Read more in the Blood-Horse

  • BB

    What difference does it make? They don’t announce it when the trainers do get a positive and even if you get 4 or 5 (like Rudy Rodriguez), you never serve the days, anyway. And if by chance your lawyer is forced to accept your plea, you run the horses in one of the groom’s names and get a paid vacation…

    • Mike F.

      Could not agree more. What good is a drug policy that has no repercussions to those that abuse the policy. Minor slaps on the wrist are a waste of time. Jail time is the only way to go.

  • What, he hasn’t hightailed it yet to the Smithsonian?

  • Needles

    Nothing changing here. Until the sport bans depo medrol, vetalog and joint injections the horses will keep running when they shouldn’t. You see, filling in an ankle is a sign of trauma that needs rest and treatment. 7 days is not a break and the powerful effects of these joint injections can last for 30 or more days. Scott Palmer is a coward. The guy at Los Al has more courage than all of NYRA put together.

    • Mike Smith

      Never mistake an idiot for a coward….

    • betterthannothing

      Well said! That is just window dressing to keep the monkey off its back and keep drugging and exploiting horses down into the ground unless, of course, they have some breeding value. We know it and they know it!

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