drugs in racing

The Trouble With Aminorex

Aminorex has already caused a few headaches for regulators. If a recent Kentucky Equine Drug Research Council (EDRC) meeting is any indication, it’s destined to have a few more reaching for the aspirin. Aminorex is a stimulant that was once available in the human market as a weight loss aid. It was pulled from sale […]

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Timeform: IFHA Should Strip American Races Of Grade Status Pending Medication Reform

Timeform devoted space in its recently-published annual digest for 2017 to a few shots at American racing’s drug rules, according to a report by The Guardian. The data company suggested that use of raceday medication in the States raises questions about whether American race results can be taken seriously and what difference raceday Lasix really […]

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Drug Positives And Environmental Contamination: The Skeptics’ Viewpoint

It has been a tough couple of years for racing commissioners in Kentucky. Besides the recent last-minute rescinding of ractopamine positives against trainers Rusty Arnold and Joe Sharp, there was last year’s void of three violations for dextrorphan. Then there’s the ongoing methocarbamol case the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission faces with Graham Motion, who like […]

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Federal Judge Upholds ‘Misbranding’ Conviction Of Trainer Murray Rojas

Judge Sylvia Rambo has denied a motion by the attorney for Murray Rojas to overturn a federal jury’s conviction of the Penn National-based trainer on 14 felony counts of misbranding prescription drugs over a 13-year period from 2002-14. Rojas was found not guilty of wire fraud. The crimes involved Rojas directing veterinarians to administer drugs […]

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Irish Regulators Fire Lab After False Positive For Anabolic Steroid

The Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board has ended a 22-year relationship with BHP Laboratories after authorities say the lab returned a false positive test for the anabolic steroid methandriol. The Racing Post reports the board and the lab completed a confidential mediation process this week. The lab had a contract with the board through the end […]

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Australia: Leaked Text Messages Allege Horses Were Drugged Prior To 2015 Melbourne Cup

An Australian newspaper has revealed text messages between a leading Thoroughbred trainer and members of his stable staff, which were recently charged as the result of an investigation into a doping scandal, indicate that horses that ran in the 2015 Melbourne Cup may have been drugged prior to the race. According to a report by […]

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Push Lasix To 24 Hours Pre-Race? Study Says ‘Hold Your Horses’

As the debate about race-day medication rages on, hay/oats/water advocates have pushed to eliminate furosemide from the American raceday. But researchers and veterinarians have been left wondering: Will furosemide (widely known as Lasix or Salix) work as well to control exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhage (EIPH) if it’s given the day before a race? According to a […]

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Report: Trainer Ellis Seeks One-Day Reduction In Suspension To Save Stable

Lawyers for Ron Ellis have submitted a proposal to have the trainer’s recent 60-day suspension cut back to 59 days for the purpose of keeping his stable intact, according to a report at bloodhorse.com. Under California rules, a 60-day suspension requires a stable be disbanded. Attorney Steve Schwartz told the Blood-Horse the purpose of the […]

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‘Different Mindset’: British Vets Question Volume Of Therapeutic Drugs Used In American Racing

This is the third and final piece in a three-part series on British medication use and regulation. Find Part 1 here and Part 2 here. In the course of his usual morning rounds to the training yards around Newmarket in Suffolk, England, Dr. Mike Shepherd visits a horse who is scheduled to leave his trainer’s […]

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Trainer Kevin Patterson Appeals Cobalt DQ, Suspension And Fine

Trainer Kevin Patterson has appealed a 15-day suspension and $500 fine he received after Blu Moon Ace, runner-up in the Grade 3 Frank J. DeFrancis Memorial Dash at Laurel Park on Sept. 16, tested above threshold limits for cobalt, a substance that some believe has blood-doping performance enhancing effects similar to erythropoietin (EPO). Patterson also […]

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