Dr. Mary Scollay

Necropsy Programs Provide Learning Opportunities To Researchers, Horsemen

Figures released earlier this year from the Equine Injury Database suggest the number of racing fatalities in the United States is falling. For the fourth consecutive year, the rate of deaths per 1,000 starts was down, coming to 1.54 after weighing in at 2.00 when the database started recording data in 2009. No matter where […]

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Kentucky One Step Closer To Uniform Medication Rules With Council Vote

Kentucky regulators came a step closer to bringing the state’s regulations in line with the National Uniform Medication Program (NUMP) on Tuesday afternoon when the Kentucky Equine Drug Research Council voted to approve drug classifications, penalty schedules, withdrawal guidelines and thresholds set out by the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium. Kentucky has been partially in line […]

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Eight Years After Its Creation, Equine Injury Database Shows Improvement In U.S. Racing

The Equine Injury Database recently released data from 2016, showing the lowest fatality rate per 1,000 starts for American racehorses since the Database began keeping records in 2009. The fatality rate for 2016 was 1.54 per 1,000 starts and includes horses that died within 72 hours after a race. That figure is based on data […]

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Kentucky Rescinds Dextrorphan Positives, But No Victory For Proponents Of Environmental Contamination

The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission agreed earlier this year to rescind three recent violations related to overages of dextrorphan, a metabolite of dextromethorphan. However, according to Dr. Mary Scollay, equine medical director for the commission, the dismissal shouldn’t be seen as a victory by horsemen and veterinarians concerned about environmental contamination. The three findings were […]

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Retired Valet Jim Ward, Husband Of Kentucky Equine Medical Director, Dead At 64

James “Jim” William Ward, 64, a retired jockey’s valet and husband of Dr. Mary (Scollay) Ward, equine medical director for the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, passed away Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016, in Frankfort, Ky. Mr. Ward was born Aug. 31, 1952, in Chicago Heights, Ill., to the late Bill and Janice Witt Ward.  He worked […]

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Historic Racing In Kentucky On Track To Hit $2 Billion In Handle This Year

The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission unanimously approved a measure Tuesday to increase registration fees for the state’s Thoroughbred Development Fund. The fee structure increase is the first in 12 years, per Kentucky Thoroughbred Breeders’ Fund executive director Chauncey Morris, and is anticipated to bring in $65,000 between January and the end of the fiscal year, […]

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‘Widespread Industry Collaboration’ Enhances Seventh Welfare And Safety Summit

The seventh Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit concluded late Tuesday afternoon at the Keeneland Sales Pavilion in Lexington, Ky., following 12 reports on topics ranging from racing surfaces, equine injuries and rider safety to nutrition, biosecurity, and respiratory health for horses. There were also reports on biomarker research, compounded medications, nutraceuticals, lameness, the […]

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Kentucky Equine Drug Research Council To Examine Disparities With RCI

As racing continues its struggle toward the adoption of uniform medication policies from state to state, the Kentucky Equine Drug Research Council has resolved to reexamine 170 discrepancies between its drug code and the model rules suggested by the Association of Racing Commissioners International. At a meeting on Friday, the council agreed to study the […]

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New Research Could Put Regulators On Trail Of Horsemen Using Synthetic Steroids

The fight against illegal drugs in horse racing may have gotten another boost on Monday, when the Kentucky Equine Drug Research Council voted to approve funding for a new kind of drug test. The Council approved a proposal to spend a total of $195,474 over two years (if the first year’s research proves successful) to […]

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Taking My Money Elsewhere: California Gets It Wrong On Lasix

I’m not what anyone would refer to as a “major player” when it comes to betting on horses. I cut my teeth at the Chicago area tracks in the late 1970s, then spent eight years in Southern California while working as a handicapper and editor in the Los Angeles offices of Daily Racing Form. I […]

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