Both the Texas and Arkansas racing commissions have made changes to medication policies on some commonly-used therapeutic drugs, according to a report in the Daily Racing Form.
The Texas Racing Commission has instituted new threshold levels for 10 medications ranging from DMSO to dexamethasone. The changes went into effect in the past month. Officials told the DRF that the changes were made to bring Texas on par with other states.
The Arkansas Racing Commission adopted an amendment that lowers the allowable level of phenylbutazone in a horse's system. The new threshold level is 2.0 micrograms per milliliter of blood; the previous had been 5.0 micrograms per milliliter. The new policy will take effect when Oaklawn Park opens Jan. 11.
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