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Florida Testing Lab Receives Interim RMTC Accreditation

The RMTC board granted Interim Accreditation to the University of Florida Racing Laboratory (UFRL) at its February 13 meeting at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, FL. The Florida laboratory is poised to become the 10th racing testing laboratory to receive full RMTC Laboratory Accreditation. UFRL performs testing of Thoroughbred, Quarter Horse and Standardbred samples for […]

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Gorajec: ‘Day Of Reckoning’ On Horizon For New York’s Drug Testing Program

Former longtime racing regulator Joe Gorajec, writing for Thoroughbred Racing Commentary, discusses the drug testing protocol of the New York State Gaming Commission, and the implementation of its new split sample program, which began at the start of Aqueduct’s fall meet. Gorajec questions the timing of the new protocol, asking “why now?”, when it’s a procedure […]

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Guaranteed Split Sample Program On The Horizon For New York Horsemen

After many years and court battles over New York trainers’ struggles in get split samples in medication cases, horsemen in the state were notified this week a guaranteed split sample program is in the works. The announcement in the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association newsletter indicated the state’s gaming commission is in the process of […]

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New Research Could Put Regulators On Trail Of Horsemen Using Synthetic Steroids

The fight against illegal drugs in horse racing may have gotten another boost on Monday, when the Kentucky Equine Drug Research Council voted to approve funding for a new kind of drug test. The Council approved a proposal to spend a total of $195,474 over two years (if the first year’s research proves successful) to […]

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Detection Of New Synthetic Drug Disturbing But Less Problematic Than Dermorphin

An announcement by the Association of Racing Commissioners International that the New York Equine Drug Testing Program confirmed the first incidence of a particular synthetic opioid in a racehorse was met with surprise and frustration. The finding of the drug, called AH-7921, may be unsettling, but experts say the substance is nothing new, and it […]

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Barker To Retire From Louisiana Laboratory After 29-Year Career

At a Monday meeting of the Louisiana Racing Commission, Dr. Steven Barker of Louisiana State University announced his retirement following a 29-year career as director of the Equine Medication Surveillance Laboratory and state chemist to the commission. Barker, who has been a full professor at LSU for 30 years in the Department of Comparative Biomedical Sciences […]

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Indiana Ousts Widely-Used Drug Testing Lab For ‘Continued Failure To Detect Substances’

Officials at Truesdail Laboratories in Irvine, Calif., said they plan to contest a May 12 decision by the Indiana Horse Racing Commission to terminate the company’s equine drug testing contract after Truesdail failed to detect high levels of commonly used corticosteroids in three samples taken from harness horses competing at Hoosier Park in late March […]

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New Mexico Commission Approves Expansion Of List Of Split Sample Labs

The New Mexico Racing Commission opted to expand the list of laboratories open to trainers who request a split sample test after a drug positive, according to the Albuquerque Journal. Prior to last week’s action, trainers in the state had to choose one of three approved labs to challenge findings from the UC-Davis laboratory that […]

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Racing Commissioners, Chemists Announce Medication Roundtable April 21-23

The Association of Racing Commissioners International (ARCI) and the Association of Official Racing Chemists (AORC) will jointly hold a major racing industry roundtable and conference on equine welfare and medication policy on April 21-23, 2015 at the Grand Hyatt Resort in Tampa, Florida. “The ARCI is the only umbrella organization encompassing the totality of horse […]

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Jockey Club Report: Additional, Uniform Drug Testing Needed

According to a recent report by McKinsey & Co., racing is in need of more uniform testing and more out-of-competition testing. The Daily Racing Form‘s Matt Hegarty noted that the report aligns nicely with the objectives of the Jockey Club and others to turn federal regulation over to the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency. The Jockey Club’s Matt […]

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