drugs in horse racing

Drug Test Results, Conflict Of Interest Issues Among Topics At Racing Investigators Conference

Many of the world’s top racing investigators will meet in New Mexico Feb. 23-26 for the annual meeting of the Organization of Racing Investigators, presented by 1/ST Safety. The meetings will take place at The Downs at Albuquerque. Registration for ORI members is available at: https://horseracinginvestigators.com/ Presentations at the conference will include:  ●   Keynote presentation case […]

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Tygart Tells Congress: Don’t Encourage Fox To Guard Henhouse

Human athletes and the integrity of sport were the subjects of a hearing of the United States Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, but the regulation of horse racing was raised during the question-and-answer period that followed the testimony of three witnesses, one of whom was Travis Tygart, chief […]

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ARCI: New York Lab Finds ‘Major Doping Threat’ In Pair Of Standardbred Horses

The New York Equine Drug Testing Programs Director Dr. George Maylin has confirmed the presence of a major doping threat to both human and equine sport in two standardbred horses racing at Yonkers Raceway.  The New York horse racing lab is believed to be the first laboratory, in either horse racing or the worldwide WADA […]

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More House Representatives Sign On To Horseracing Integrity Act

The two House representatives who co-chair the Congressional Horse Caucus said this week that formal co-sponsorship of the Horseracing Integrity Act has now reached 226 members. Last month, Paul Tonko (D-NY) and Andy Barr (R-KY) announced that the bill had reached the majority mark for support at 218. The Horseracing Integrity Act (H.R. 1754) would […]

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When It Comes To Lasix And Federal Legislation, Horse Racing Has Been Here Before

As a new year begins, some racing jurisdictions will begin considering or implementing a furosemide (Lasix) phaseout. In December, the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission voted to approve a partial phaseout starting for 2-year-olds of 2020. Earlier last year, The Stronach Group and the New York Racing Association, together with Churchill Downs Inc., Los Alamitos, and […]

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What Did You Read? Top Horse Racing Stories Of 2019

As we prepare to close the book on 2019, it’s time for our traditional look back on the most popular stories of the year by traffic. We’ve done this for four years now (see previous editions of 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018). It’s no secret that 2019 was a tough year for horse racing, and […]

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California Racetrack Veterinarian To Colleagues: Don’t Fear Medication Reform

When The Stronach Group announced a slate of reforms aimed at improving equine safety and welfare last spring, there wasn’t much debate that new policies were needed, but not everyone in horse racing agreed with the list of changes. Dr. Ryan Carpenter, longtime Southern California racetrack surgeon, says that he was one of the skeptics.  […]

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Former British Trainer: Too Many Things In U.S. Racing ‘Seemingly Designed To Harm The Horse’

At Thoroughbred Racing Commentary, former British racehorse trainer Patrick Gilligan takes a dim view of the current modus operandi in U.S. racing. Gilligan moved to the U.S. five years ago to help his son Jack, a jockey, pursue a riding career, which he’s doing on the Midwest circuit. First and foremost, Gilligan writes, nearly everything […]

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Grayson Project: Lasix 24 Hours Out Shows ‘Great Promise’ To Replace Race-Day Medication

The debate of race-day furosemide has once again taken over the websites and social media accounts of our industry. Trainers tell us how inhumane it would be to not allow a horse that has experienced exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhage (EIPH) to receive furosemide (Lasix). The public does not understand why we tell them that horses love […]

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RMTC Approves New Restrictions On Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatories

During a November 15 meeting by phone, the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) board approved further regulations and stacking prohibitions, as well as corresponding threshold and penalty recommendations, for non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and intra-articular (IA) injections.  The RMTC board has recommend a 48-hour Restricted Administration Time policy for all NSAIDs. Currently, the administration of one […]

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