drugs in horse racing

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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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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Stronach Group Reforms: Questions In California And A View From The Mid-Atlantic

As the hours tick down to Thursday’s meeting of the California Horse Racing Board – the first since Santa Anita was forced to cancel racing indefinitely following a rash of fatal breakdowns – everyone is wondering how The Stronach Group will propose to move forward with the reforms announced by Belinda Stronach March 14. A […]

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IFHA Chairman: ‘In Complete Support’ Of Stronach Group Moves, Asks Others To Join

The following statement was released Monday from Louis Romanet, chairman of the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA): The IFHA, composed of racing authorities and race organizers from all major racing jurisdictions across more than 50 countries, has as its core missions to protect the safety of horses and riders and to ensure the integrity […]

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The Friday Show: A Game-Changer For The Horse Racing Industry?

The owner of Santa Anita Park announced a list of unprecedented reform measures Thursday, in the wake of the 22nd equine fatality at the current meet. According to its proposal for Santa Anita and Golden Gate Fields, the Stronach Group’s “house rules” would create new restrictions on the use of therapeutic medications and riding crops, […]

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Horseracing Integrity Act Reintroduced, ‘Back In The Starting Gate’ For Congress

Today, U.S. Reps. Paul Tonko (D-NY), and Andy Barr (R-KY), who represent two of the meccas of American Thoroughbred racing – Saratoga Springs and Lexington – introduced the Horseracing Integrity Act to create a uniform national standard for drug testing that would be overseen by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA). “My team and I have […]

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