drugs in horse racing

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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ARCI Proposes To ‘Dramatically Increase’ Trainer, Owner Penalties For Doping

The Drug Testing Standards and Practices (DTSP) Committee of the Association of Racing Commissions International (ARCI) is considering a major change to the recommended penalties for violations of the association’s drug rules to dramatically increase sanctions on those violations that can be considered “doping” or “equine endangerment”. An ARCI workgroup has been quietly working for […]

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New York Horsemen To Fund Drug Testing Improvements, Research Into EPO Detection

The Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association, led by a $25,000 donation from the New York THA, will contribute a total of $50,000 to fund research to develop an inexpensive test for the detection of potential blood doping agents such as erythropoietin (EPO). The two-year study, an initiative of the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium, will be conducted by […]

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Jockey Club Calls For Major Drug Reform, Says Fatality Spikes Will Continue Without It

The Jockey Club today released a major white paper calling for comprehensive reform of the U.S. horse racing industry including a major overhaul of drug use and uniform out-of-competition drug testing, citing the need for “transparency into the medical treatment, injuries, and health of all racehorses.” The paper’s release follows the death of 22 racehorses […]

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