drugs in racing

Navarro, Sharp Fined For Class 1 Drug Violations; ‘Mitigating Circumstances’ Cited

Trainers Jorge Navarro and Joe Sharp recently were fined but not suspended after horses in their care tested positive for Class 1 drugs at Monmouth Park in New Jersey, suggesting stewards were convinced the presence of the substances was due to contamination of drugs widely abused by humans.. Navarro was fined $2,500 after George Cross […]

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UPDATED: Vazquez Suspended 30 Days For Medication Infraction At Suffolk Downs

Trainer Juan C. Vazquez was handed a 30-day suspension and fined $2,500 by stewards at Suffolk Downs in Massachusetts after a horse in his care tested positive for hydrocortisone hydrogen succinate – a Class 4 corticosteroid – on Aug. 5. Vazquez ran six horses at Suffolk Aug. 5, and Here Comes Gary was his sole […]

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Pattershall Suspended 60 Days By Delaware Park Stewards For Possession Of Needles, Syringes, Medication

Trainer Mary Pattershall has been suspended 60 days and fined $1,500 by stewards at Delaware Park for possession of hypodermic needles, syringes and injectable labeled medication on racetrack grounds. Pattershall, who is stabled at Parx Racing in Pennsylvania, shipped to Delaware Park on Aug. 12, when Five C’s Stable’s Diadema finished sixth in a starter allowance. A […]

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The Friday Show Presented By Woodbine’s Twilight Racing Series: Challenge Accepted?

As we like to say at the Paulick Report, we’ve reached the “Dog Days” of the Thoroughbred racing season. Since it’s somewhat of a quiet time and the middle of the year, perhaps it’s a good time to reflect on the current state of the horse racing industry. So, in this episode of The Friday […]

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IFHA Chairman Louis Romanet Joins WHOA

The following statement was released by the Water, Hay Oats Alliance from their newest member Louis Romanet, Chairman of the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities: “I am pleased to see the reintroduction of the Horseracing Integrity Act of 2017, which will bring the United States closer to international standards of doping control rules, in-competition and […]

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Commentary: In Wake Of Rojas Case, Racing Should Follow Lead Of USOC

Having been involved as a lobbyist in many policy debates in Washington for several years, I consider it a rare gift when a major court case strongly confirms your side of an argument. It is rarer still when those on the losing side double down and wait for more of the same. That is the […]

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AQHA Voices Opposition To Proposed Horseracing Integrity Act

On May 25, Congressman Andy Barr (R-KY) introduced the Horseracing Integrity Act of 2017 to the House of Representatives. In summary, the bill requires “a uniform anti-doping and medication control program to be developed and enforced by an independent Horseracing Anti-Doping and Medication Control Authority.” While the American Quarter Horse Association strongly supports uniformity in […]

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The Elephant In The Room: Racing Can Do More To Take Care Of Its Own

As the Thoroughbred industry makes another push toward federal legislation standardizing drug testing in racing, one of the central questions will be what reformed testing will cost. Expense is, after all, part of the reason disparities lurk between various state commission drug testing contracts now. In the course of covering stories related to drug testing, […]

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Parx Imposes New House Rules On Medication Violations, Program Trainers

When racing resumes on Saturday at Parx Racing in Bensalem, Pa., a new “house rule” will be in effect that director of racing Sam Elliott hopes will serve as a deterrent to prevent horsemen from violating medication and integrity rules. “Parx Racing is intent on fixing the public perception and confidence in the integrity of the […]

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McLaren: Controlling Doping Requires A Change In Culture, Not Just Rules

At first glance, it may not seem like the Russian doping scandal has much to do with issues in the horse racing business (other, perhaps, than the use of the word ‘dope.’) In an address to the recent Pan American Conference in Washington, D.C, Richard McLaren, professor of law at Western University and Arbitrator of […]

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