drugs in racing

Oklahoma Bill Would Give Horsemen Seats On New Drug Committee

Horsemen may soon have a voice in new medication and drug testing regulations in Oklahoma. The Thoroughbred Daily News reported Thursday that a new bill would create a 13-person committee comprised of four racing commission members, one commission steward, one commission veterinarians, three track representatives, two practicing veterinarians, and two horsemen. The bill passed Oklahoma’s Senate […]

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RMTC Approves Over $250,000 For Studies On Detection Of EPO And Of Nerve-Blocking Agent

At its February 11 meeting at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale, Fla, the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) board approved the funding of two tactical research projects with a combined price tag in excess of $250,000, as a continuation of its ongoing focus on detecting and eliminating illicit substances in racing. First, the RMTC is […]

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Corticosteroids Vs. Anabolic Steroids: What’s The Difference?

Corticosteroids and anabolic steroids are synthetic versions of natural hormones produced by the adrenal glands and gonads. Although they stem from the same precursor molecule, corticosteroids and anabolic steroids have very different purposes and uses. Corticosteroids most commonly are used to reduce the pain and swelling of musculoskeletal problems caused by inflammation — arthritis (joint), […]

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New Mexico Racing Commission Moves To Make Albuterol ‘Zero Tolerance’ Drug

On Jan. 16, the New Mexico Racing Commission (NMRC) Rules and Medication Committee voted to pass a rule that would make the drug albuterol a zero tolerance drug in the state of New Mexico. The new rule is intended to go into affect around May 1, 2019. The anticipated ban on albuterol is not breed […]

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New ARCI Guidelines Toughen Penalties For Quarter Horse Violations

New racing regulatory standards have just been published by the Association of Racing Commissioners International (ARCI) as part of a continuing process to adapt standards to current integrity threats as well as new technologies and innovation.   The standards are embodied in the almost 500 pages of the ARCI’s Model Rules of Racing and can be […]

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Gorajec: Minnesota Racing Commission Has Some Explaining To Do

Trainer Judd Becker recently received a 90-day suspension after Bushrod tested positive for cardarine following a victory in the $100,000 Mystic Lake Turf Express Stakes Aug. 25 at Canterbury Park in Minnesota. Writing in his InsideRacing Regs blog, former longtime regulator Joe Gorajec wonders why the trainer got such a light penalty for what he […]

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Gorajec: Pennsylvania Procedures ‘Unusual, If Not Unprecedented’

Longtime regulator Joe Gorajec concluded a three-part blog series on drug testing in Pennsylvania Thursday, alleging after a series of right-to-know law requests that regulation of racing in the state is unlike most others he has become familiar with in his 25 years in the sport. Gorajec explained that in most places, a positive drug […]

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Gorajec Unearths Six More Corticosteroid Tests In Pennsylvania; No Fines Or Suspensions Issued

In his second installment in a blog series for Horse Racing Reform, longtime horse racing regulator Joe Gorajec writes his records search in Pennsylvania has revealed six more cases of positive corticosteroid tests which never resulted in sanctions. Earlier this year, Gorajec highlighted an incident from 2017 in which a harness horse tested for a […]

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Gorajec: Rules Enforcement, Public Disclosure Lacking In Pennsylvania Betamethasone Cases

A series of betamethasone tests from 2016 raise questions about drug rules enforcement in Pennsylvania — that’s one of the takeaways from the latest commentary by former Indiana Horse Racing Commission executive director Joe Gorajec. Gorajec outlined three positives for the corticosteroid which resulted from races in 2016; the first two were between 10 and […]

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South African Authority Announces Tests From 170 Top Horses Negative For EPO

The National Horseracing Authority of Southern Africa routinely takes specimens from racehorses to test for prohibited substances.  Normal policy is to take a specimen from at least one horse in each race as well as doing out of competition testing.  As a result, roughly 5,000 specimens are analysed by The National Horseracing Authority’s world class laboratory each […]

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