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Seven Mid-Atlantic States Move To Adopt Restrictions On NSAIDS, Joint Injections

More than 60 racing industry stakeholders representing regulators, horsemen and racetrack operators from the seven states that comprise the Mid-Atlantic region (Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia), 11 jurisdictions, and 17 racetracks convened at Delaware Park Oct. 2 to take the next steps toward implementation of the Mid-Atlantic Strategic Plan […]

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‘We Are Very Concerned’: Belmont Fall Meet Fatalities Are Up But Cause Remains Unclear

From a safety perspective, Belmont Park’s fall meet isn’t off to a very good start. In the three weeks since the meet began on Sept. 6, four horses have died in racing, with another three suffering fatal injuries in training. An additional eight are listed as “racing incidents” in the New York State Gaming Commission’s […]

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New York Gaming Commission Warns Horsemen ‘No Generally Accepted Medical Use Of A Bisphosphonate’ In Horses Under Four

Thoroughbred horse owners, trainers and/or veterinarians who are responsible for causing or failing to guard against an administration of a bisphosphonate to a racehorse less than four years old will be investigated for a violation of 9 NYCRR § 4043.12(c) for which a fine of $25,000 may be imposed and the person’s occupational license shall […]

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‘We Have Got To Do Better’: Mid-Atlantic Agencies Release Plan To Reduce Fatalities In Horse Racing

Concluding more than a year of regional discussion, study, review and consultation, the entire Mid-Atlantic region’s Thoroughbred racing industry on March 21 voted unanimously to formally adopt and fully implement a long-term and forward-thinking Mid-Atlantic Strategic Plan to Reduce Equine Fatalities. All of the region’s racetrack operators, horsemen’s organizations, breeders’ organizations, racing commissions and regulatory […]

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Bisphosphonates, Fatality Risk Factors Hot Topics At ARCI Welfare Forum

Bisphosphonates — a class of drugs that prevent the bone-density loss —might have some therapeutic value for older racehorses but speakers at the Conference on Equine Welfare and Racing Integrity warned of the potential harm caused by such treatments for young horses such yearlings and 2-year-olds.   That was among the takeaways from Wednesday’s Animal Welfare […]

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New York Trainers Receive 45-Day Extension On Continuing Education Requirement

According to bloodhorse.com, “a large number” of trainers in the state of New York have failed to comply with the state’s new continuing education requirement. In response, regulators have issued a 45-day extension, allowing trainers the ability to complete the four-hour course by Feb. 15. “Since this is the inaugural year of the continuing education program, […]

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Equine Blood Passports: A Useful Tool, But A Long Way Off

As mainstream media continues in its critique of welfare and safety in the horse racing industry, one of the areas regulators still struggle with is the detection of trainers and veterinarians attempting to cheat with therapeutic or performance-enhancing medication. We’ve already covered the differences in post-race drug testing methods from state to state, which is […]

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Voss: Eight Things I Learned At This Year’s RCI Convention

The Association of Racing Commissioners International held its annual convention March 22-25 in New Orleans with a packed agenda. Racing officials from several countries, as well as testing laboratory officials and other industry organizers met to discuss model rules, medication policy, pari-mutuel wagering, and injury tracking. We’ll continue covering the goings-on at the convention with […]

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New York Gaming Commission Announces Pilot Program To Test For Arrhythmias

The New York State Gaming Commission has undertaken a groundbreaking pilot program using mobile application technology to screen Thoroughbred horses for cardiac arrhythmias prior to racing. The program, led by New York State Equine Medical Director Scott E. Palmer, VMD, ABVP will test the feasibility of using a smartphone-compatible heart monitor, the AliveCor Mobile ECG […]

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