drug testing

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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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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