drugs in horse racing

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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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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After Masochistic, Breeders’ Cup Out-Of-Competition Testing More Comprehensive Than Ever

When horses load into the gate for this year’s Breeders’ Cup, it will mark the first time that every single American-based entrant has had at least one out-of-competition test (OOCT) performed before they were cleared to compete.  Like most regulatory programs, people didn’t think much about the Breeders’ Cup OOCT program until something went wrong. […]

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The Friday Show Presented By The MATCH Series: California Conflicts?

The U.S. horse racing industry is dealing with yet another controversy this year after the New York Times story about 2018 Triple Crown winner Justify’s positive drug test following the Santa Anita Derby. In this edition of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick discuss the details of the situation, answer questions people likely […]

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‘We Are Ready For Change’: Top Thoroughbred Trainers Voice Support For Horseracing Integrity Act

The following is an “Open Letter to the Thoroughbred Community” submitted to media outlets Friday from a group of 16 trainers:  Horse racing is at a pivotal moment in its long history in the United States. The past six months presented a string of events at venerable Santa Anita Park that have shaken public confidence […]

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