drugs in horse racing

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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The Friday Show Presented By The MATCH Series: Time For Outside Insight?

It’s “Industry Week” in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., a time when the U.S. horse racing business convenes for idea forums and other discussions. Given what’s happened this year in the sport of Thoroughbred racing, these events could carry more weight than usual. In this week’s edition of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick discuss […]

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View From The Eighth Pole: A Mitchell Report For Racing?

Major League Baseball was going through an identity crisis in the late 1990s and early 2000s as Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa and Barry Bonds shattered home run records that had stood for decades. Attendance at Major League parks was booming and a sport that had lost some some sizzle over a players’ strike that interrupted […]

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The Friday Show Presented By The MATCH Series: Testing, Testing?

This week, one of the more well-known Thoroughbred horse racing consignors, Stonestreet Farm, announced the move that it would make blood testing available six months prior to auctions, specifically to catch any use of anabolic steroids and off-label use of bisphosphonates. In this edition of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick discuss that […]

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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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