drug testing

Drug Positives And Environmental Contamination: The Skeptics’ Viewpoint

It has been a tough couple of years for racing commissioners in Kentucky. Besides the recent last-minute rescinding of ractopamine positives against trainers Rusty Arnold and Joe Sharp, there was last year’s void of three violations for dextrorphan. Then there’s the ongoing methocarbamol case the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission faces with Graham Motion, who like […]

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Irish Regulators Fire Lab After False Positive For Anabolic Steroid

The Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board has ended a 22-year relationship with BHP Laboratories after authorities say the lab returned a false positive test for the anabolic steroid methandriol. The Racing Post reports the board and the lab completed a confidential mediation process this week. The lab had a contract with the board through the end […]

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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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NYTHA-Funded Split Sample Program Under Way In New York

New York’s split sample program started on opening day at Aqueduct. Horsemen racing at the NYRA tracks are now assured that, in the event of a positive test, they will have the option of sending a referee sample to an independent lab to verify test results. The split sample program is largely funded by the […]

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Report: Breeders’ Cup Increasing Out-Of-Competition Drug Testing Prior To Championship Weekend

As the 2017 Breeders’ Cup draws closer, officials have been in the process of conducting an ‘unprecedented’ out-of-competition drug testing program. The BloodHorse reports that this year, officials expect that over 90 percent of Breeders’ Cup runners will be tested prior to the Cup. That’s a marked increase over the past few years, which saw between 40 […]

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The Friday Show Presented By Woodbine Racetrack: New ‘Detection’ Methods?

A trainer in Oklahoma whose horse tested positive for Ritalin is no longer under suspension pending the case against her because she offered to take a polygraph and the stewards agreed and had a lie detector test administered to her. In this edition of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick discuss the issues […]

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KHRC Approves Funding For Study Regarding Contamination Issues In Drug Testing

During its regular meeting Oct. 17, the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission approved funding for an analytical study that will examine the levels of substances – both regulated and others – found in racetrack environments. The racing commission hopes that the study will help “shed light” on contamination issues in drug testing. According to a report […]

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View From The Eighth Pole: Murray Rojas Trial Casts Dark Shadow Over Racing

Horse racing lost 14 potential fans this past week in Pennsylvania. The 14 men and women are serving on the jury in the federal trial of Murray Rojas, the Penn National-based trainer charged on multiple counts of wire fraud, conspiracy and misbranding of drugs. When this case is over, I’m sure the racetrack is the […]

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The Elephant In The Room: Racing Can Do More To Take Care Of Its Own

As the Thoroughbred industry makes another push toward federal legislation standardizing drug testing in racing, one of the central questions will be what reformed testing will cost. Expense is, after all, part of the reason disparities lurk between various state commission drug testing contracts now. In the course of covering stories related to drug testing, […]

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‘Not Fair To The Animal’: Legal Match Races In Colorado Lack Oversight, Drug Testing

A lack of regulation on the legal, county fair-type match races occurring across the state of Colorado has raised concerns across the horse industry, reports the Washington Times. At the Rancho El Caporal races, owner Martin Gutierrez has a permit for his two-day event, the same as he has for the past six years. After […]

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