The Difference Between Tranquilizers and Sedatives

There are many scenarios in which horse may need pharmacological help to take the edge off, whether it’s during a procedure, while on stall rest, or if they have a behavioral problem. Many people, however, don’t fully understand the difference between the three categories of drugs. While sedatives, such as Rompun or Dormosedan, will make a […]

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Horse Owned By CHRB Commissioner Tests Positive for Tranquilizer

The California Horse Racing Board has filed a complaint against trainer Tim Yakteen alleging violation of CHRB Rules 1843 (a), (b), (d) and 1844 (e)(l) pursuant to Rule 1887 after the Maddy Laboratory at UC Davis determined the urine sample collected from a horse in his care, Big Book, contained a metabolite of acepromazine in […]

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California Officials Increase Fine, Suspension For Avila In Masochistic Case

The California Horse Racing Board released the following update on trainer Antonio “A.C.” Avila on Friday. Avila trains Masochistic, who tested positive for acepromazine at nearly 40 times the legal limit after a fifth-place finish on March 15. Stewards later investigated the ride given to Masochistic in that race. The horse ran on the Kentucky Derby […]

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Northern California Trainer Vallejo Suspended 180 Days

Owner-trainer Genaro O. Vallejo has been suspended 180 days by California Horse Racing Board stewards at Golden Gate Fields after Techwood, a Tiznow gelding owned by William Branch, tested positive for a metabolite of the tranquilizer Acepromazine above permitted levels on Aug. 28, 2014. Techwood finished third in the maiden claiming race and was disqualified, […]

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Owners Protest CHRB’s Regulatory Inaction on Masochistic Race

If you weren’t outraged at the stunning form reversal by a 4-year-old California-bred gelding named Masochistic in a Kentucky Derby undercard race at Churchill Downs, then it’s likely you either cashed a nice bet on the horse when he breezed home by 14 lengths or you think deception of the wagering public is part of […]

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By Ray PaulickSaturday’s Summit of Speed at Calder Race Course near Miami has attracted some of racing’s most successful trainers, including multiple Eclipse Award winners Todd Pletcher and Bob Baffert. But there’s another name on the program, that of Kirk Ziadie, who has become increasingly familiar to South Florida racing fans and horseplayers who […]

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By Ray Paulick Californian Mike Mitchell has produced a steady stream of winners – mostly in the claiming ranks – since taking out his trainer’s license in 1974. He also has been cited quite regularly for various rules violations, including numerous medication and medication procedural infractions, by track stewards and the California Horse Racing Board, the latest […]

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