Gorajec: Rules Enforcement, Public Disclosure Lacking In Pennsylvania Betamethasone Cases

A series of betamethasone tests from 2016 raise questions about drug rules enforcement in Pennsylvania — that’s one of the takeaways from the latest commentary by former Indiana Horse Racing Commission executive director Joe Gorajec. Gorajec outlined three positives for the corticosteroid which resulted from races in 2016; the first two were between 10 and […]

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Uniformity In Penalties And Drug Thresholds? RCI And Pennsylvania Regulators Have Some Explaining To Do

To: Ed Martin, president of the Association of Racing Commissioners International (RCI): I read with great interest your testimony before Congress last month in the hearing regarding the Horseracing Integrity Act of 2017. In your remarks, you defended our current system of medication regulation in the United States and stated there is “total uniformity in […]

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Daily Double: Vazquez Horse Disqualified Twice From Maiden Wins For Drug Violations

What are the chances a horse would be disqualified from a maiden win – not once, but twice – as a result of post-race drug tests? That’s what happened to J. J.’s Candy, a 3-year-old Sidney’s Candy colt owned by Big Monk Stable and Liorah Stables and trained by Juan Vazquez. J.J.’s Candy’s first disqualification […]

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Santa Anita Stewards Fine Bonde, Sierra For Medication Violations

Santa Anita stewards have fined trainers Jeff Bonde and Javier Sierra each $500 due to medication violations. The Daily Racing Form reports that Bonde was fined after his horse, Tripski, tested positive for Betamethasone (a corticosteriod) after finishing third in the tenth race on March 26. Stewards fined Sierra $500 after Gutsy Ruler tested positive for Fulmethasone, also […]

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