Kentucky Equine Drug Research Council

Devil ‘In The Details’: Veterinary ‘Pitfalls’ In Model Rule For Out Of Competition Testing

Dr. Andy Roberts, a long-time racetrack veterinarian in Kentucky, believes testing horses for illegal drugs outside of a race can be an important step in getting rule-breakers out of the game. However, he does not want to see horsemen asked for a muscle biopsy, hoof trimming or even a semen sample from a young colt […]

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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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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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Drug Research Council Advances Cobalt, GABA Guidelines For Kentucky Racing

At a meeting on Tuesday, the Kentucky Equine Drug Research Council voted to advance threshold recommendations for cobalt and GABA (gamma aminobutyric acid, also known as Carolina Gold) for consideration by the state’s racing commission.  Members of the council agreed unanimously on the GABA recommendation, which aligned with the Racing Medication Testing Consortium’s suggested 110 parts […]

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Regulators Continue Struggle to Establish Accurate Cobalt Threshold

North American racing regulators have decided to consider the results of two scientific research studies that have been commissioned to help detect the deliberate administration of cobalt in racehorses before making a formal recommendation of a regulatory testing limit to commission testing. At the RCI Model Rules Committee meeting last week, a proposed threshold was […]

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Jockey Club Proposes New Lasix Study

The Jockey Club has proposed a study to test the effectiveness of furosemide, also known as Lasix, in different time periods before the race. According to a story in The Louisville Courier-Journal, this proposal has been met with some criticism. The study would conduct simulated races between horses who had been given Lasix four hours […]

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Kentucky Committee Signs Off on Uniform Medication Rules

The Kentucky Equine Drug Research Council signed off on a proposal for uniform medication rules for therapeutic drugs on Tuesday ahead of an upcoming meeting of the state’s racing commission. The guidelines, which have been accepted in a number of Mid-Atlantic states, were debated at length with the main point of contention being a 14-day […]

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‘Rapid Response’ Protocol Approved by KY Equine Drug Research Council

In a meeting earlier this week, the Kentucky Equine Drug Research Council approved ‘Rapid Response’ protocol measures that will allow the state to quickly take action to test for emerging illegal substances. According to the Louisville Courier-Journal, the new protocol, which will now go to the full Kentucky Horse Racing Commission for approval, will allow […]

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Kentucky moves toward ban on race-day medication

Responding to recommendations from the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC), the Kentucky Equine Drug Research Council will ask that adjunct-bleeder medications be banned on race days. Adjunct medications are used to treat exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhage (EIPH), or bleeding. According to Frank Angst of the Thoroughbred Times, the medication policy was passed at a Friday […]

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