drugs in horse racing

Kentucky racing commission to help fund morphine study

The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission approved a measure Wednesday that provides $5,000 toward a joint study with the British Horseracing Authority on the use of morphine in racehorses. The Daily Racing Form says equine medical director Mary Scollay informed the commission that investigators in Britain and the U.S. suggested horsemen may be injecting morphine into […]

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Louisiana commission, graded stakes committee strike deal

The American Graded Stakes Committee has reached an agreement with the Louisiana Racing Commission to maintain the status of graded stakes in the state.  Under the agreement, according to the Daily Racing Form, Louisiana can retain their grades as long as Louisiana officials implement the committee’s lower threshold for the painkiller phenylbutazone. The deal was […]

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Gural: Handcuffs instead of suspensions for racing drug violations?

If Jeff Gural has his way, horse racing trainers who violate certain drug rules in New Jersey would not only face suspensions but criminal charges as well.  According to Standardbred Canada, Gural – who just signed a 30-year lease to run the Meadowlands harness racing track – told an awards banquet audience he’s prepared to […]

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Los Alamitos Quarter Horse trainer Farias faces multiple drug violations

The California Horse Racing Board has filed six complaints against Quarter Horse trainer Adan Farias for violating drug rules, according to the American Quarter Horse Association.  The Class 1 violations were collected from six horses running at Los Alamitos in late October.  Hearings are pending on the finding of zilpaterol, which the AQHA says is […]

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Compromise nowhere to be found in medication debate

It is racing’s version of the Hatfields and McCoys, the Tea Party against the Occupiers, Right to Lifers vs. Pro Choice. It has caused a rift between some very high-profile horse owners and their own trainers and veterinarians. It is a debate that appears to have no easy answers or areas for compromise. Those who […]

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Strawbridge should lead racing’s drug reform effort

Can’t say I know George Strawbridge very well, but I appreciate his comments on the issue of drugs in American horse racing while speaking as the honor guest at the Thoroughbred Club of America’s annual testimonial dinner at Keeneland on Sunday night. By all accounts, Strawbridge is one of our game’s great sportsmen. He does […]

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Pricci: Dutrow is ‘tip of the iceberg that nobody wants to talk about’

In giving his take on Rick Dutrow’s 10-year ban in New York, Horse Race Insider John Pricci says while much of what Dutrow has done is indefensible, he also wonders why he feels that Dutrow is being scape-goated and that “he’s the tip of the iceberg that nobody wants to talk about”: “Maybe it’s because […]

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RCI report: Racing not plagued by illegal drugs

A report issued Thursday by the Association of Racing Commissioners International says claims that illegal drugs are rampant or widespread in horse racing just aren’t true, based on the statistics.  The report, “Drugs in U.S. Racing 2010 – The Facts” provides an array of stats concerning drug testing results from 2010 and over a longer […]

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Prairie Meadows trainer contests three nanogram drug positive

A trainer at Iowa’s Prairie Meadows racetrack is fighting a drug suspension because he claims the amount of a Class 1 drug found in his horse was so small, it had to be accidental contamination.  Trainer Gene Jacquot tells the Des Moines Register his horse See Me Now tested positive last month for the amphetamine […]

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