Mary Scollay

‘Protecting Racehorse Bone Health’: RMTC Approves Bisphosphonates Research Study

At its February 24 meeting at Gulfstream Park Racetrack in Hallandale Beach, Florida, the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) board approved the funding of a study on bisphosphonates through its Tactical Research Grant Program. The research will be conducted at Cornell University under the direction of Dr. Heidi Reesink. “This study is an important […]

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Ohio Racing Commission Adopts Therapeutic Medication Thresholds

The Ohio State Racing Commission adopted therapeutic medication thresholds at its September 23 meeting. The thresholds become effective January 1, 2020. The resolution was presented by Commissioner Beth Hansen, chairperson of the Commission’s Medication Committee. The Medication Committee met on three previous occasions to review and discuss existing Commission therapeutic medication thresholds, the Racing Medication […]

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RMTC Approves Model Rules For Bisphosphonates Regulation

At its August 19 meeting at Del Mar Turf Club in Del Mar, California, the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) board approved a model rule for the regulation of bisphosphonates as well as further regulations and stacking prohibitions for non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and intra-articular (IA) injections. The proposed Model Rule for the regulation […]

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Dr. Mary Scollay New Executive Director, COO Of Racing Medication And Testing Consortium

The Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) has hired Dr. Mary Scollay as its next executive director and chief operating officer. In her new role, which she assumes August 5, Dr. Scollay will be charged with the advancement of world-class laboratory drug testing standards, promotion of RMTC-recommended rules and penalties for prohibited substances and therapeutic […]

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Finding Success in Reducing Horse Racing Fatalities: Now Where Do We Go?

The occurrence of fatal injuries to horses in flat racing in North America has decreased by 23 percent since the inception of standardized injury reporting into the Jockey Club’s Equine Injury Database, says Dr. Mary Scollay in Equine Disease Quarterly. Fatalities began to decline 2013 and achieved statistical significance in 2015; it is believed that […]

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Click Here To Cheat? Online Peddlers Of Racehorse Snake Oil Go Largely Unchecked

A plain brown package arrived at the doorstep of Dr. Mary Scollay, equine medical director for the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission. There was no return address label. No packing slip. According to what she had read online, the small vial inside containing a dark red liquid was “a proprietary formula that is an extremely potent […]

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Horse Racing Regulators’ Whack-A-Mole Challenge

Spent a few days at the 81st annual convention of the Association of Racing Commissioners International at Tampa, Fla. You’d think after 80 years they’d have this “regulating the horse and dog racing industries” thing figured out. Not necessarily so. But, as I learned in watching committee meetings and panel discussions of the RCI convention […]

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Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Shockwave: Two Sides of a Therapy

“Shockwave therapy” doesn’t sound like the friendliest of ways to treat an injury (some people mistakenly think it involves electric shocks). The treatment may not be as prickly as its name implies, but like so many other veterinary technologies, the treatment can be used with good or ill intent, depending upon its application. Much racing industry press […]

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‘Real Sports’ Segment a Disturbing Look at Racing’s Drug Culture

Whether you thought it was an agenda-driven “hit piece” or a sensationalized reflection of a troubled industry, the “HBO Real Sports” investigation of drugs and equine fatalities in Thoroughbred racing was painful to watch. The horse racing segment on the 26-time Sports Emmy-winning cable program debuted on Tuesday and will be replayed multiple times throughout […]

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