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Racing’s Doping Scandal: What Were The Specific Risks To The Horse?

A few days after the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York announced federal charges against 27 people in relation to racing doping operations, the industry is still processing the many sensational tidbits in the lengthy indictments. Of particular interest to many is a conversation between alleged co-conspirators Michael Tannuzzo and Nick Surick […]

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Gorajec: Expert Calls Into Question New Jersey Drug Positives

Dr. Richard Sams, widely recognized for his expertise in racing chemistry and toxicology, has called into question trainer Glenn Thompson’s 2019 positive tests for methocarbamo at Monmouth Park in New Jersey, calling the quantitative analysis at the state’s official laboratory “likely both inaccurate and imprecise” because the lab “did not use the standard techniques that […]

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1998 Flashback: Clenbuterol Use ‘Simply Incompatible With Pari-Mutuel Horse Racing’

(Editor’s Note: The following commentary on clenbuterol as a performance enhancing drug was written in June 1998 by Paul Berube, who retired in 2005 after serving for 17 years as president of the Thoroughbred Racing Protective Bureau. Berube brought the article from the Standardbred Investigative Services newsletter to our attention in the wake of commentaries […]

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EPO: What We Know, And What We Don’t, About The Blood-Doping Threat

When Lance Armstrong confessed in 2013 to taking Epogen to boost production of oxygen-carrying red blood cells, horse racing fans began looking behind every tree for the boogeyman called erythropoietin, or EPO. Many had long suspected EPO had risen to prominence in horse racing in the 1990s alongside anabolic steroids, and news that one of […]

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Gorajec: Minnesota Racing Commission Has Some Explaining To Do

Trainer Judd Becker recently received a 90-day suspension after Bushrod tested positive for cardarine following a victory in the $100,000 Mystic Lake Turf Express Stakes Aug. 25 at Canterbury Park in Minnesota. Writing in his InsideRacing Regs blog, former longtime regulator Joe Gorajec wonders why the trainer got such a light penalty for what he […]

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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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Racing Integrity’s Newest Threat: Human Designer Drugs?

It’s no secret the challenge of post-race drug testing has always been keeping regulators one step ahead of those who use illegal drugs or illegally manipulate medication. But with the advent of Internet sales and bitcoin, one laboratory director fears his job, and that of racing commissions everywhere, is about to get a lot more […]

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Study Suggests Need For Another Revision To Uniform Drug Guidelines

Recommended withdrawal guidelines for detomidine, commercially known as Dormosedan, may face review after a recent study suggested horses could test positive while adhering to the withdrawal guidelines, depending on the dose they receive. The current guideline from the Racing Medication Testing Consortium suggests the threshold for a positive be set at 2ng/ml in urine and […]

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What’s The Deal With TCO2, Anyway?

An announcement from the Arkansas State Racing Commission in early March that it would begin randomly testing Oaklawn Park runners for elevated TCO2 was widely lauded as another step toward improved integrity in the state. The commission adopted a TCO2 threshold in February which brought its rules for allowable levels in line with national standards. […]

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