drugs in horse racing

NY Appeals Court Upholds Lengthy Ban Of Harness Trainer Lou Pena

The New York State Gaming Commission announced that the New York Court of Appeals has upheld the 2015 sanctions levied against harness trainer Lou Pena, who was found responsible for 1,719 equine drug violations in 675 races. The ruling ends more than six years of litigation and validates the Commission’s actions of using veterinarian records […]

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‘We Need To Raise Our Standards’: Belinda Stronach Urges Passage Of Horseracing Integrity Act

The Coalition for Horse Racing Integrity notes the letter below from Belinda Stronach, the president and chairman of The Stronach Group, in support of H.R. 2651, the Horseracing Integrity Act of 2017. Frank Stronach, founder and honorary chairman of The Stronach Group, previously expressed his support for the legislation in April 2017. H.R. 2651 would […]

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View From The Eighth Pole: Lasix Debate Shouldn’t Impede Progress Over Racing’s Integrity, Structure

The vast majority of Thoroughbred horsemen in the United States and Canada have convinced themselves that racing as we know it would not survive without every horse in their care getting an injection of the anti-bleeding diuretic furosemide (better known as Lasix) four hours before competition. I don’t blame them. Most trainers today have never […]

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Paulick Report 6/22 News Minute Presented By Woodbine Racetrack

Here’s the fastest way to catch up on what’s happening today in the Thoroughbred racing industry. In the Friday edition of the Paulick Report News Minute, Scott Jagow takes us to Capitol Hill for a hearing on the Horseracing Integrity Act. Plus, the latest from Royal Ascot and a milestone for the Foal Patrol. Watch […]

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On Capitol Hill: Backers, Opponents Debate Horseracing Integrity Act

Change vs the status quo. That was the theme of Friday’s debate at a hearing on Capitol Hill about the Horseracing Integrity Act. The bill would, among other things, ban the use of Lasix on race day and put drug testing and medication oversight in the hands of the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA). Whether […]

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The Friday Show Presented By The Match Series: Back In Washington

A congressional subcommittee is taking a closer look at the Horse Racing Integrity Act today. That’s the latest legislation in Washington that would provide national oversight for the use of medication in the sport. In today’s edition of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick discuss the components of the bill, the backers and […]

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Commentary: A Fateful Decision One Night In Oklahoma?

On June 2, Special Candy High flew out of the gate at Remington Park to take the lead in the $1,024,840 Heritage Place Futurity, a Grade 1 event at 350 yards. It was the undefeated 2-year-old Quarter Horse’s third career start for trainer Clinton Crawford, and it would prove to be his last. Shortly after […]

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Australia Doping Conspiracy: Top Trainer Smerdon, Two Others Get Lifetime Bans

Prominent Australian Thoroughbred trainer Robert Smerdon, his long-time assistant Greg Nelligan and Nelligan’s wife, Denise, were banned for life Thursday by the Racing Victoria Appeals and Disciplinary Board. Five others inside the so-called “Aquanita Eight” received varying suspensions. The trainers and stable employees involved were found guilty earlier this week of practicing sodium bicarbonate loading […]

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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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Trainer Blacker Joins WHOA, Calls Lasix ‘Tip Of The Iceberg’

As the WHOA membership roster continues to grow, it is particularly encouraging to see young trainers joining the initiative and getting involved in the conversation, as the future of our sport is ultimately in their hands.  California conditioner Dan Blacker is the latest to support the Water Hay Oats Alliance.    In a statement to […]

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