drugs in racing

In The Fight Against Off-Label Bisphosphonate Use, Is Sale Company Testing The Next Step?

As the racing industry continues to struggle in the fight against off-label bisphosphonate use, some wonder whether testing by sales companies could be the next step. In a meeting of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission this week, equine medical director Dr. Mary Scollay told commissioners current tests will only pick up bisphosphonates between 30 and […]

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RCI: No Evidence Furosemide Contributes To Breakdowns, No Change In Policy Forthcoming

The Scientific Advisory Group of the Association of Racing Commissioners International (ARCI) has reported that there is no current science linking furosemide treatments to muscular skeletal issues that may be a contributing cause of equine breakdowns in racing. The group reported to a meeting of the RCI’s Drug Testing Standards and Practices Committee that they […]

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Just Another Day In Pennsylvania: Sketchy Supplements, Class 1 Substances, And Commission Silence

A series of drug positives issued by the Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission in early February raised a few eyebrows, including those on the face of trainer Gerald Lee Jr. Lee, who has been in the Standardbred business some 30 years, has maintained a small stable and stayed on the right side of the Pennsylvania rulebook […]

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New York Gaming Commission Warns Horsemen ‘No Generally Accepted Medical Use Of A Bisphosphonate’ In Horses Under Four

Thoroughbred horse owners, trainers and/or veterinarians who are responsible for causing or failing to guard against an administration of a bisphosphonate to a racehorse less than four years old will be investigated for a violation of 9 NYCRR § 4043.12(c) for which a fine of $25,000 may be imposed and the person’s occupational license shall […]

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Jockeys’ Guild Adds Voice To Calls For Bisphosphonate Ban

The Jockeys’ Guild released the following statement regarding off-label use of bisphosphonates. For more information about bisphosphonates, please click here. The Board of Directors of the Jockeys’ Guild, which is composed of leading Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse jockeys, supports the view that until the research being conducted by the RMTC, AAEP, and Grayson Jockey Club […]

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Bisphosphonates: What We Know About Off-Label Use, And What One Drug Company Is Doing About It

A little more than a year ago, top surgeon Dr. Larry Bramlage stood up in Rood and Riddle’s annual Client Education Seminar and issued a warning to attendees about a new group of drugs called bisphosphonates. Bramlage worried the drug was being misused, and that misuse was putting racehorses at serious, long-term risk of injury […]

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View From The Eighth Pole: Take Action Now On Bisphosphonates Use

“I’ve been Tildrened.” That’s what a consignor of 2-year-olds said recently to a leading owner about a horse he purchased at a yearling sale with the intention of putting it in training and re-selling it as a prospective racehorse this spring. He was referring to the potentially negative side-effects from a drug called Tildren, one […]

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EPO: What We Know, And What We Don’t, About The Blood-Doping Threat

When Lance Armstrong confessed in 2013 to taking Epogen to boost production of oxygen-carrying red blood cells, horse racing fans began looking behind every tree for the boogeyman called erythropoietin, or EPO. Many had long suspected EPO had risen to prominence in horse racing in the 1990s alongside anabolic steroids, and news that one of […]

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Lamoreaux To ‘Industry Bigwigs’: Time To Stand Up, Unify And Be Counted

“I just like to be there when the charge begins, whether the horses emerge from the starting gate, walk up to a tape as they used to when I was a boy, or come bursting out of a clump of trees at Auteuil steeplechase course in Paris.” Ah, the good old days half a century […]

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Enforcement Strategies, Medication Key Component Of Regulatory Vet CE Conference

An emphasis on regulating medication and developing enforcement strategies marked the second and final day of the Regulatory Veterinarian Continuing Education conference (#RegVetCE19) presented by the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) and National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) Safety & Integrity Alliance at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale, Fla., March 4-5. The morning was highlighted by […]

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