drugs in racing

Study Finds Statistical Relationship Between Pre-Race Bute And Injury In South American Runners

A study that will be published in an upcoming issue of the peer-reviewed Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association (JAVMA) has found a statistical relationship between pre-race phenylbutazone administration and the risk of injury or breakdown in South American racehorses.  Research conducted by Dr. Teresita Zambruno at the University of Glasgow examined 500,000 starts […]

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California’s Feinstein Joins As Senate Cosponsor Of Horseracing Integrity Act

Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) released the following statement after joining as a cosponsor of the Horseracing Integrity Act, a bipartisan bill introduced by Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and Martha McSally (R-Ariz.) to end doping of American racehorses and create a uniform national standard for drug testing: “I’m cosponsoring the Horseracing Integrity Act because it’s past […]

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Hancock: If Not The Drugs, Then What Is Causing Fatal Injuries?

It has been many months since the fatal breakdowns at Santa Anita Park in California. All of this time has passed and there has not been one word about what might have caused these tragedies other than some theories that the race track was not in the best shape because of the rains. Hasn’t it […]

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Scopolamine: More Information About The Drug In Justify’s Post-Race Test

The following informational bulletin was released by the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium after news broke late Sept. 11 that 2018 Triple Crown winner Justify tested positive for scopolamine after the Santa Anita Derby.  Scopolamine (also known as hyoscine) is conventionally used in human medicine for the prevention of motion sickness. It is available by […]

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Gorajec: Open Letter To The Good People In Quarter Horse Racing Industry

Do you remember the 2012 TheNew York Times(NYT) exposé on horse racing titled, “BREAKDOWN, Death and disarray at America’s racetracks?” The lead photo accompanying the story was the dead carcass of a racehorse. The text beneath photo read as follows: “A 2-year-old quarter horse named Teller All Gone broke a front leg in a race on […]

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New Jersey Commission Denies Stay Of Monmouth Trainer Aparna Battula’s Suspension

The New Jersey Racing Commission has denied a request for a stay of an immediate suspension issued to trainer Aparna Battula after the discovery of a cache of needles, syringes and vials of injectable substances during a search of her tack room at Monmouth Park in Oceanport, N.J. Battula was suspended immediately on Aug. 9, […]

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UPDATED: Transfers OK’d For Trey Wood Horses Entered In All American Futurity Trials

The New Mexico Racing Commission will permit horses from the barn of suspended Quarter Horse trainer S. Trey Wood to be transferred to other trainers, allowing the horses to run in the Aug. 16-17 trials for the All American Futurity at Ruidoso Downs. Wood already had 31 horses entered in the All American Futurity trials […]

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Attorney: Suspended Monmouth Trainer Victim Of Retaliation By Ex-Employee

The attorney for suspended trainer Aparna Battula is demanding a correction to a New Jersey Racing Commission stewards ruling to reflect the trainer’s contention that a cache of hypodermic needles, syringes and vials of injectables investigators found on premises she occupied at Monmouth Park was planted by a disgruntled former employee. The ruling, issued Aug. […]

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Monmouth Park Trainer Suspended After Discovery Of 30 Hypodermic Needles And Syringes, 80 Vials Of Injectables

Trainer Aparna D. Battula has been summarily suspended by stewards at Monmouth Park in New Jersey after she was determined to be in possession of 30 hypodermic needles and syringes and more than 80 vials of injectable substances. The ruling, issued on Friday by the New Jersey Racing Commission after an Aug. 3-4 hearing, said […]

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Parkin: Stakeholder Buy-In Is Needed To Make Vet Records Part Of Equine Injury Database

Dr. Tim Parkin, veterinarian and epidemiologist at the University of Glasgow, says there are still big blind spots in the Equine Injury Database. In an interview this week with The Horse magazine, Parkin highlighted the need for complete workout data (not just timed works, but length, date, and speed of slower works) and veterinary data […]

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