RMTC Using ‘Tactical Research Program’ to Catch Cheaters

by | 07.01.2013 | 4:45pm

The Tactical Research Program is not widely known by most in the racing industry – and that's just the way officials with the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium have wanted it.

The RMTC implemented the program over two years ago, with the purpose collecting information about new drugs in use at the racetrack, and to develop tests that can detect the drugs before horsemen are aware that such tests exist. According to the Daily Racing Form, the RMTC acts as a hub for the gather any information on illegal substances that have made their way to the track. Officials rely of confidential tips from state investigators, veterinarians, and trainers.

Dr. Dionne Benson, executive director of the RMTC, told the Form that when a “credible threat” is received, the organization obtains samples of the drug and then contracts with laboratories to assess the effects of the substance. If needed, a test to detect the substance is then developed.

The program currently operates on a very limited budget – it was given $100,000 ‘start up' funding by The Jockey Club, so officials must have verifiable information that a drug is actually being used.

Read more in the Daily Racing Form

  • voiceofreason

    Spectacular lack of news. “Officials rely of confidential tips from state investigators, veterinarians, and trainers.” Really? Are we to believe that press releases are the catalyst for change? Really? New press release: “voiceofreason donates 3 dollars to a new program to expose cheats in racing.” It relies on the confidential tips from cheating trainers to indict themselves.

    • Larry Ensor

      Sometimes I don’t find your voice to be so reasonable. More like the voice of sarcasm.
      Which brings nothing to the table worth eating.

      • dcurtis

        There are not many secrets on the backside of a racetrack, not all trainers cheat and they are tired of running against those that do, so voiceofreason, I think the tips they get are valid.You however have nothing to offer.

    • Amy Stevens

      Honest trainers who do not use illegal drugs or incessant shock wave and joint injections, theoretically have a huge motivation to give confidential tips because the cheaters are stealing purse money from them.

    • 2hoursfromsaratoga

      this “news” is only a new version of “the old news”. RACING TO BE CLEANED UP
      When track managements are comfortable with certain “trainers” winning an inordinate share of the races and the money, racing will not be cleaned up. This fact comes from decades of participation in, and observation of this sport. And don’t blame racing cheats for racing’s “decline”. Decline is only a matter of opinion. There really is no decline. The sport retains a niche that will never go away. Oh, some tracks have closed, some tracks’ purses are not strong, but that’s due to local or rgional economy, which has always dictated. Gambling? When the lotteries got legalized, they took pari-mutual dollars from the tracks. When scratch tickets were introduced, they too took pari-mutual dollars. When the Indians were granted permits to operate casinos, an even bigger chunk of p-m dollars was taken. Vegas got hurt. Atlantic City got hurt.
      What’s not happening, is track managements are not listening, and not innovative enough to attract horeplayers.
      The days of racino-fueled race purses are numbered.

  • McGov

    Outstanding….except the very limited budget part…certainly much more money should be allocated for this program.

  • 4Bellwether666

    Making it even tougher on cheaters…Wonderful…

  • betterthannothing

    Excellent research and recommendations from the RCI, RMTC and Equine Welfare and Safety Summits should be used and mandated by a national racing authority. The USADA should be hired to catch and prevent doping.

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