The California Horse Racing Board could soon enact changes to its veterinary rules which would toughen sanctions for positive out-of-competition tests (OOCTs).
Currently, language allows positives on OOCTs to be prosecuted only as a drug “possession” since the language was written before OOCT was begun in 2007.
According to a report from The Blood-Horse, new language would put horses with positive tests on the veterinarian's list for at least 180 days. For penalty purposes, trainers would be treated as absolute insurers for positives taken from horses on a CHRB-licensed property, while the responsible licensee would be determined by “a preponderance of evidence” for horses off licensed properties.
The rule changes still need to be approved by the California Office of Administrative Law and must be signed by the Secretary of State before becoming effective.
Read more at The Blood-Horse
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