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Vet Rebuts Casner: Lasix Use Does Not Compromise A Horse’s Musculoskeletal System

Because Bill Casner has a deserved reputation as a fine owner and breeder of racehorses, I read with interest his article “Studies Show Some Therapeutic Medications Do More Harm Than Good,” appearing in the October 8, 2019, issue of the Paulick Report. I also did so because a significant part of my 30-year professional career […]

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The Whats And Whys Behind Santa Anita’s Nightmare Spring Season

Santa Anita is preparing to launch its fall meet under more scrutiny than ever before. As racing ticks down the weeks to this year’s Breeders’ Cup, some racing fans are still wondering – what happened to cause the much-publicized spike in equine fatalities last spring, and what’s the thinking behind the policies the track put […]

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Further Safety And Welfare Reforms Added At Santa Anita, Upcoming Del Mar Meet

Ten weeks after introducing significant reforms in California aimed at reducing racing fatalities and improving the safety and welfare of horses and riders, The Stronach Group is now requiring all entries at Santa Anita to be accompanied by a pre-race exam form, signed by a trainer’s veterinarian and stating that a horse has no known […]

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‘Unparalleled Reputation’: Benson Appointed Chief Veterinary Officer For Stronach

The Stronach Group has announced that well-respected equine veterinarian Dr. Dionne Benson has been appointed as the Chief Veterinary Officer for The Stronach Group. For the past seven years, Dr. Benson has been the Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer for the internationally-renowned Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) in Lexington, KY. “We are thrilled […]

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Santa Anita To Resume Racing March 29 After Historic Agreement Reached On Medication Reforms

Santa Anita Park, Golden Gate Fields and the Thoroughbred Owners of California (TOC) on Saturday reached an historic agreement to protect the safety and welfare of horses and riders in the state. This collective mandate enacts the most stringent medication policy in North America. Belinda Stronach, president and chairman of The Stronach Group (TSG), which owns both […]

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Welfare, Integrity Lead Topics At Regulatory Veterinarian Continuing Education Conference

The second annual Regulatory Veterinarian Continuing Education (#RegVetCE19) kicked-off March 4, 2019, at Gulfstream Park Racing & Casino in Hallandale, Fla. The two-day conference for regulatory and official racetrack veterinarians, presented by the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) and National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) Safety & Integrity Alliance, provides training and implements best practices […]

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RMTC Prepares Online Halter Auction To Benefit Tactical Research

Beginning November 23 and ending November 30, the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC), an industry 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, will auction off halters of famous broodmares, racing and stallion stars on its eBay page. All proceeds from the auction will go toward the RMTC’s grant program to fund critical tactical research into the detection and identification of […]

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Advocates For The Horse; Regulatory Vets Hold Inaugural Conference At Keeneland

A cooperative spirit permeated Day 1 of the inaugural Regulatory/Official Veterinary Continuing Education conference (#RegVetCE) as a capacity group of 61 attendees – representing more than 100 racetracks worldwide – gathered at Keeneland in Lexington, Ky., to trade ideas and emphasize the importance of formal information sharing between jurisdictions. The two-day continuing education conference for […]

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Woodbine Reaccredited By NTRA Safety & Integrity Alliance

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) announced today that Woodbine Racetrack in Rexdale, Ontario, near Toronto, has earned reaccreditation from the NTRA Safety & Integrity Alliance. Woodbine opened in 1956 bearing a name associated with racing in the area since 1874. The track opens its live Thoroughbred racing season Saturday for a 133-date meet that runs through Dec. 16. Meet highlights […]

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Zenyatta Halter Added To Racing Medication And Testing Consortium Online Auction

Between November 24 at 3 p.m. ET and December 1 at 3 p.m. ET, the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, will auction off halters of famous racing and stallion stars on its eBay page. All proceeds from the auction will go toward the RMTC’s four-year grant program beginning in 2018 […]

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