drugs in horse racing

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 Friday Show: Back To Congress, Belmont Shrinking?

A pair of Congressmen reintroduced the Horseracing Integrity Act this week, a bill designed to implement uniform oversight of medication in horse racing. This is the second iteration of the bill, and there are two important changes to this version, which could impact its support and chance of passing. In this edition of The Friday […]

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Barr, Tonko To Reintroduce Updated Horseracing Integrity Act

Congressman Andy Barr (R-KY) and Congressman Paul Tonko (D-NY), the Co-Chairmen of the Congressional Horse Caucus, today introduced H.R. 2651, the Horseracing Integrity Act.  The legislation, an updated version of the Thoroughbred Horseracing Integrity Act of 2015, establishes an authority to create and implement a national uniform medication program with input from the horse industry. […]

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Florida Follies: Dozens Of Drug Positives Thrown Out Due To State Incompetence

How incompetent is the leadership at Florida’s Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering, the state government agency that regulates horse racing in the state? Let me count the ways: 1, 2, 3, 4 … 100, maybe more. That’s how many administrative complaints for medication violations in just over a year had to be tossed out because of […]

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New Drug Testing Protocols Making A Difference At Oaklawn Park?

Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark., rolls into its final week of live racing today, highlighted by the 44th annual Racing Festival of the South, a cluster of stakes races culminating with Saturday’s closing day Grade 1, $1-million Arkansas Derby, the $750,000 Oaklawn Park Handicap (G2) and the $400,000 Count Fleet Sprint Handicap (G3). Friday’s […]

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The Friday Show: New Drug Protocols, Derby Prep Upsetters?

Oaklawn Park is putting in place a slate of upgraded drug testing measures, including one that targets so-called “milkshaking” by trainers. In this week’s Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick give some context to the changes and also talk about recent comments by prominent equine surgeon Dr. Larry Bramlage regarding Lasix and medication oversight. Plus, […]

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The Friday Show: Private Eyes, Indelible Moments, And The Rematch

A pair of stories published at the Paulick Report this week looked at the problem of illegal drug use in the horse racing industry and where the biggest gaps in oversight might lie. In this week’s Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick give their takeaways from “Combating a Culture of Cheating.” Plus, with the […]

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Combating A Culture Of Cheating: A Matter Of Trust

(First in a two-part series.) Horse racing has a culture of cheating. Its problem is drugs. It’s what the public calls doping. The methods differ, as do the drugs. At one end of the spectrum, horsemen and veterinarians inject horses on race day with a wide variety of drugs or other foreign substances. This practice is […]

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‘We Believe They Are Sabotage’: Serey’s Attorney Fighting Clenbuterol Positives

Trainer Mario Serey, Jr. is facing possible sanctions in the state of Pennsylvania, resulting from a series of post-race tests that showed traces of the bronchodilator clenbuterol. Four of Serey’s trainees were disqualified from first-place efforts over a five-day period in early December as a result of the clenbuterol overages. According to Daily Racing Form (which […]

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RMTC Urges Support For New Rules On Out-Of-Competition Testing, Repeat Offenders

The Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) urges racing authorities to adopt the Out of Competition Testing and Multiple Medication Violation rules approved by the Association of Racing Commissioners International (ARCI) at its December 9 board meeting in Tucson, Arizona. The Out of Competition Testing rules adopted by the ARCI are largely based upon rules […]

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