Dr. Mary Scollay

‘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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Welfare And Safety Summit: ‘Cultural Change’ Of Public Demands Proactive Strategy

The sixth Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit was held Wednesday afternoon in Lexington, Ky., and this one placed an emphasis on racetrack surfaces, equine and jockey injury databases, continuing education and post-mortem programs. The conference, held in the Keeneland sales pavilion, once again brought together a cross-section of the Thoroughbred industry, including owners, […]

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It’s Always Something: Regulators Monitoring Abuse Of New Equine Drug

As any racing chemist will tell you, the business of regulating medication use and halting its abuse on the track is a tireless one. During a meeting this week of the Kentucky Equine Drug Research Council, regulators made decisions on how to regulate the use of GABA (gamma aminobutyric acid, also known as Carolina Gold) […]

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Drs. Scollay, Arthur, Hovda Voice Support of RCI’s Proposed Regulation of Compounded Drugs

Dr. Mary Scollay, Dr. Rick Arthur, and Dr. Lynn Hovda submitted the following letter to the Paulick Report voicing their support of the RCI’s recent decision to establish rules on compounded medications in horse racing: The Association of Racing Commissioners International (RCI) recently announced they have given approval to a Model regulatory policy that would […]

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Kentucky Horse Racing Commission Committee Examines Shockwave Rules

The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission’s Welfare and Safety Committee scrutinized the state’s rules on shockwave therapy on Thursday afternoon with a fact-finding session designed to help regulators prevent abuse of the practice. The treatment, which consists of sending short, high pressure pulses to select areas of the body, has been shown to aid healing for […]

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Report: Many Times, Breakdowns are the Result of More Than Just a ‘Bad Step’

Although a sound horse might breakdown from taking a ‘bad step’, a recent study is providing new evidence that most fatal injuries are the result of preexisting tissue and/or bone damage. The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission’s necropsy program presented such evidence at the Racetrack Injury Prevention symposium held Oct. 20 at the University of Kentucky […]

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Harness Study on Cobalt Could Muddy the Waters for Regulation

As regulators continue the process of establishing a testing threshold for cobalt, a recent study from the harness racing industry may have muddied the waters. A release from the United States Trotting Association stated that the study, which has yet to be publicized in full, indicated a level of 70 parts per billion of cobalt […]

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