drugs in horse racing

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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The Rail: Guardians of racing’s slow death

New York Times racing blogger Jim Squires takes a critical look at the racing industry’s struggle to find direction, including next week’s drug summit that will convene in New York. “Fighting to continue performance-enhancing drugs on race day and to keep horse racing leaderless with an outmoded business model is a futile self-preservation strategy by […]

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Three weeks ago, the Paulick Report broke the news of a drug-testing mystery in Pennsylvania involving dozens of positive tests in Thoroughbreds and Standardbreds for a Class 2 prohibited substance called lobeline, used in nicotine patches to help people quit smoking but which traces from the lobelia inflata plant that is indigenous to the northeastern […]

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By Ray PaulickSaturday’s Summit of Speed at Calder Race Course near Miami has attracted some of racing’s most successful trainers, including multiple Eclipse Award winners Todd Pletcher and Bob Baffert. But there’s another name on the program, that of Kirk Ziadie, who has become increasingly familiar to South Florida racing fans and horseplayers who […]

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By Ray Paulick Whenever I think about horse racing’s crazy-quilt regulatory system that has ruling bodies in 38 different states, I recall the time an official at some racetrack asked Hall of Famer Bill Mott to show his trainer’s license before entering a restricted area. Mott reached into his Wrangler’s and pulled out what appeared […]

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