drug testing

View From The Eighth Pole: Do Test Barn Thefts Expose Louisiana Lab Deficiency?

My phone lit up Wednesday morning after the Paulick Report published an article about the theft of post-race urine and blood samples from a locked freezer inside the test barn at Louisiana Downs. The break-in was discovered Jan. 12, the day the Bossier City, La., track began the second week of its 2019 Quarter Horse […]

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Horse Racing Whodunit: Samples Stolen In Louisiana Downs Test Barn Break-In

Law enforcement and Louisiana State Racing Commission officials are investigating a Jan. 12 break-in of the test barn at Harrah’s Louisiana Downs and the theft of a number of split samples from a locked freezer. The break-in occurred during the second week of a Quarter Horse meeting that began on Jan. 5 at the Bossier […]

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Ohio Racetrack Vets Offer Guidance On Out Of Competition Testing

A quintet of Ohio-based, practicing racetrack veterinarians provided the Ohio State Racing Commission members with their thoughts on out of competition testing at the OSRC’s monthly meeting, Nov. 29, in Columbus. The veterinarians—who between them have over 150 years of experience—included: Dr. John Piehowicz, Cincinnati (Thoroughbreds/Standardbreds); Dr. John Reichert, Grove City (Standardbreds); Dr. Barry Carter, […]

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South African Authority Announces Tests From 170 Top Horses Negative For EPO

The National Horseracing Authority of Southern Africa routinely takes specimens from racehorses to test for prohibited substances.  Normal policy is to take a specimen from at least one horse in each race as well as doing out of competition testing.  As a result, roughly 5,000 specimens are analysed by The National Horseracing Authority’s world class laboratory each […]

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Breeders’ Cup: 289 Horses Before And After Competition, All Results Negative

Breeders’ Cup completed an extensive out of competition pre- and post-race testing program at this year’s Breeders’ Cup World Championships Churchill Downs, Nov. 2-3, which included the testing of 289 horses. Breeders’ Cup has taken a leadership position in out of competition testing and this year the organization continued its expansion of its most comprehensive […]

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New Equine Drug Testing Lab To Open In Kentucky

A new regulatory testing lab is slated to be opened in Lexington, KY, in a partnership between the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF)and the University of Kentucky. President of the USEF Murray Kessler noted that the new lab will offer independence between the lab and the USEF regulatory process. The lab will be led by […]

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Ohio Officials Seek Horsemen’s Input On Out-Of-Competition Testing

Ohio State Racing Commission Chairman Robert Schmitz is seeking input from both Standardbred and Thoroughbred horsemen regarding Out of Competition Testing at the OSRC meeting, Aug. 29, 2018 at 10 am in Room 1952 at the Riffe Center, 77 S. High St., Columbus. The meeting is open to all pari-mutuel stakeholders, horsemen’s associations and the public. “Out […]

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Report: Noseda-Trained Walk In The Sun Tested Positive For Cocaine

According to a story in The Guardian, the horse Walk In The Sun, trained at the time by Jeremy Noseda, tested positive for a metabolite of cocaine in February after winning a race at Lingfield. The Guardian confirmed as fact the post-race result on the unbeaten 3-year-old after rumors had been swirling around Newmarket about […]

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LGC To Discontinue Animal Drug Testing In North America

LGC Sport Science will discontinue its animal drug testing program in North America later this year. The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, which currently contracts with LGC for its equine drug testing, received word of the discontinuation Monday afternoon. LGC representatives told the commission the company will continue to provide testing services through the end of […]

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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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