drugs in horse racing

Gorajec: RCI Medication Penalty Structure Needs Overhaul

In his latest blog post at horseracingreform.com, Joe Gorajec takes on the penalty structure from the Association Racing Commissioners International (RCI). Gorajec, the former executive director of the Indiana Horse Racing Commission, points out that common medication overages are placed in the RCI penalty classification C. Those “points” accrued by trainer violations are erased every […]

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‘Completely Wrongheaded’: HBPA Opposes Senate Version Of Horseracing Integrity Act

The National Horseman’s Benevolent and Protective Association (HBPA) announces its opposition to the Senate version of the Horseracing Integrity Act (S. 1820), introduced last week by Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Martha McSally (R-AZ). On behalf of thoroughbred race horse owners, and trainers, the HBPA has been steadfast in its opposition to the House companion […]

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ARCI Seeks Comment On Proposals For Stricter Doping Violation Penalties

The Drug Testing Standards and Practices (DTSP) Committee of the Association of Racing Commissions International (ARCI) has released for industry and public comment Proposed Revised Penalty Guidelines for violations of the antidoping or medication rules in horse racing. The proposed modifications represent the first major rewrite of the penalty guidelines in more than a decade […]

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Jockey Club Survey: Drugs, Fatalities Top List Of Public Concerns About Horse Racing

According to a new, national and Kentucky-based poll commissioned by The Jockey Club, horse fatalities are the single most important factor facing the horse racing industry with nearly seven in 10 likely voters (69 percent) saying that it is a “very important” issue. The misuse of drugs was almost equally significant with 65 percent saying […]

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ARCI: Lasix Ban May Lead To Inhumane Practices Such As Injecting Formaldehyde

All racing regulatory commissions have been put on notice that the banning of voluntary race day furosemide (Lasix) administrations by some US racetracks or lawmakers is expected to encourage a return to practices deemed cruel, inhumane, or potentially dangerous to the health and welfare of a horse.    Regulatory policy permitting race day furosemide was developed […]

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Keeneland Gives $1.3 Million To University Of Kentucky For Drug Research, Testing Program

The Keeneland Association continues its long-standing philanthropic relationship with the University of Kentucky with a gift of $1.3 million to the Keeneland Endowed Chair in Equine Veterinary Science. This gift will grow the fund to $3 million and will allow the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment’s Gluck Equine Research Center to launch a world-class […]

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ARCI: ‘Dramatic Drop’ In Horse Racing Doping Cases In 2018

The 2018 Anti-Doping and Drug Testing Program conducted by US racing regulatory bodies found continued substantial compliance with racing’s medication and anti-doping rules and little support for claims that the use of drugs to mask pain when horses race is rampant. As it does each year the Association of Racing Commissioners International (ARCI) released a […]

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WHOA: Recent Horse Racing Reform Proposals A ‘Band-Aid On A Shotgun Wound’

Over the last few weeks, industry groups have come forward with a myriad of suggestions for drug reform.  While plans by Mid-Atlantic groups, Maryland Breeders, the Association of Racing Commissioners International (ARCI), and the newly formed Racetrack Coalition sound promising, they are like putting a Band-Aid on a shotgun wound.  These ideas do not provide a solution […]

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Coalition Representing Major U.S. Tracks Announces Lasix Ban For 2-Year-Old Races, Then Stakes

A coalition of leading Thoroughbred racing associations and organizations announced today a new horse racing initiative committed to phasing out the use of the medication Furosemide (Lasix) beginning in 2020 and eliminating the use of Lasix in stakes races held at their racetracks beginning in 2021.  Coalition racetracks that have signed on to this initiative […]

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Report: NYRA, Churchill, Keeneland In Talks About Banning Lasix For Juveniles, Stakes Races

According to a report in the Daily Racing Form citing “three officials with knowledge of the discussions, Churchill Downs, the New York Racing Association and Keeneland are considering a two-pronged plan for the elimination of the race-day medication, Lasix. Under the proposal, tracks owned by the three companies would ban Lasix for 2-year-old races in […]

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