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Necropsy Programs Provide Learning Opportunities To Researchers, Horsemen

Figures released earlier this year from the Equine Injury Database suggest the number of racing fatalities in the United States is falling. For the fourth consecutive year, the rate of deaths per 1,000 starts was down, coming to 1.54 after weighing in at 2.00 when the database started recording data in 2009. No matter where […]

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California Veterinarian’s List: Steroid Reporting By The Numbers

When news broke last month that Breeders’ Cup Sprint runner-up Masochistic tested positive for anabolic steroids after the race, many fans were shocked to learn steroids are still present in American racing. In California, a trainer must report the administration of anabolic steroids to a horse in his care to the California Horse Racing Board, […]

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Breeders’ Cup Out-Of-Competition Testing Covers 60 Percent Of This Year’s Runners

Nearly 60 percent of this year’s Breeders’ Cup runners have been tested as part of the event’s out-of-competition testing (OOCT) program. According to figures provided to the media Thursday, all horses winning Breeders’ Cup Challenge races, plus a smattering of additional likely contenders, were tested in the weeks and months leading up to Breeders’ Cup. […]

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Sparks Fly At CHRB Meeting To Discuss New Veterinary Recordkeeping Measures

As many had predicted, discussion at a meeting of the California Horse Racing Board’s Medication and Track Safety Committee on March 16 got heated as trainers and regulators locked horns over proposed new measures guiding veterinary record-keeping in the state. The meeting was held to discuss four potential new rules requiring trainers to keep an […]

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California Officials Examine Transparency, Ethical Veterinary Treatment

A meeting of the California Horse Racing Board’s Medication and Track Safety Committee Wednesday is sure to get the blood pumping for some horsemen and veterinarians in the state. On the agenda are four action items which have the potential to increase transparency and accountability on the state’s racetracks. The first item up for discussion […]

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Jockey Club Researches The Untapped Power Of The Microchip

The Jockey Club’s announcement last summer that it would begin requiring microchips for foal registrations starting in 2017 was met with relatively little fanfare. That could be because microchipping has been standard for Thoroughbred registrations in the United Kingdom and Europe for years. What many horsemen and owners may not have realized, however, is that […]

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Time For A Change? Veterinarian’s List No Safe Harbor For Racehorses

On Jan. 27, 2015, six Thoroughbreds went to the post for the second race at Turf Paradise, but only five came back. Four-year-old Time for a J fractured the sesamoids in his left front leg and was euthanized on the track. What separated the dark bay gelding from most other horses who meet the same […]

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Welfare And Safety Summit: ‘Cultural Change’ Of Public Demands Proactive Strategy

The sixth Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit was held Wednesday afternoon in Lexington, Ky., and this one placed an emphasis on racetrack surfaces, equine and jockey injury databases, continuing education and post-mortem programs. The conference, held in the Keeneland sales pavilion, once again brought together a cross-section of the Thoroughbred industry, including owners, […]

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Los Alamitos Owner Urges AQHA To Adopt Hair Testing ‘To Save The Sport We All Love’

Dr. Edward Allred, owner of Los Alamitos, has written an open letter to Quarter horse owners, trainers and nominators to races at his Orange County, Calif., racetrack about the hair follicle testing program he has implemented for some high-profile races to stop abuse of performance enhancing drugs like clenbuterol, albuterol and zilpaterol, including off-label varieties. In […]

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Drs. Scollay, Arthur, Hovda Voice Support of RCI’s Proposed Regulation of Compounded Drugs

Dr. Mary Scollay, Dr. Rick Arthur, and Dr. Lynn Hovda submitted the following letter to the Paulick Report voicing their support of the RCI’s recent decision to establish rules on compounded medications in horse racing: The Association of Racing Commissioners International (RCI) recently announced they have given approval to a Model regulatory policy that would […]

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