drugs in racing

View From The Eighth Pole: Ingrid Mason Suspension Latest Example Of A Broken System

Here we go again. Trainer Ingrid Mason has been suspended for one year and fined $2,500 by stewards at Arlington Park after Nuclear Option, winner of the first race on Aug. 23, tested positive for d-methamphetamine and amphetamine. Mason was suspended without having the benefit of a confirmatory split sample or being notified of the […]

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British Trainers Ordered To Halt Use of Regumate After Tests Reveal Trace Amounts Of Anabolic Steroid Trendione

The British Horseracing Authority has ordered trainers there to stop using altrenogest (commonly known by its brand name of Regumate) and remove it from their yards after testing uncovered trace amounts of an anabolic steroid. According to Racing Post, British authorities became concerned about reports out of Australia suggesting some altrenogest products there could be […]

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Texas Racing Commission Announces Zero Tolerance Policy On Clenbuterol

The Texas Racing Commission released the following notice on its website this week: Effective September 10, 2018, clenbuterol shall be prohibited for use in race horses of ALL breeds. The maximum permissible concentration for the drug clenbuterol will change from 140 pg/ml of urine to level of detection. The level in serum or plasma shall […]

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BHA: ‘It Would Be Naive’ To Assume Cobalt Never Abused In British Thoroughbreds

After an independent disciplinary panel handed British trainer Rebecca Bastiman a £5,000 fine for a cobalt positive in one of her horses, the British Horseracing Authority says it is concerned about potential misuse of the substance in England. Bastiman was found not guilty of conspiring with her father and assistant Robin Bastiman (who has been banned […]

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Commentary: Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission Has Chance At Redemption

On the eve of its monthly meeting in Harrisburg, Pa., the Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission is at a crossroads, writes Joe Gorajec in his RacingRegs blog at horseracingreform.com, because of what he called a “mess of its own making” in how a number of positive drug tests have been handled by regulators. “One road leads […]

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Uniformity In Penalties And Drug Thresholds? RCI And Pennsylvania Regulators Have Some Explaining To Do

To: Ed Martin, president of the Association of Racing Commissioners International (RCI): I read with great interest your testimony before Congress last month in the hearing regarding the Horseracing Integrity Act of 2017. In your remarks, you defended our current system of medication regulation in the United States and stated there is “total uniformity in […]

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Arthur B. Hancock III: American Thoroughbred Racing, A Lone Wolf

The pillars of commerce have always of necessity rested on integrity coupled with government oversight. Without honesty in dealing, commerce will begin to falter. Horseracing is not exempt from this principle. Today America stands alone at a crossroads in Thoroughbred racing and it must decide if it will choose to restore its image and integrity […]

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Commentary: Why Delay License Revocation In Pennsylvania Harness Racing Case?

According to a ruling on the United State Trotting Association website (“Possession of Hypodermic Needles, Syringes and/or Injectable and/or Other Drugs”), Standardbred trainer Clayton Faurot Jr. was in possession of several improperly marked syringes and four injectable bottles when his vehicle was searched June 12 on the backstretch at Pocono Downs in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. At […]

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Class 1 Drug Found In Pennsylvania Stakes Race – No Action Taken

This is a story of a positive test for a Class 1 drug that was lost for eight months, then ignored for a year, only to resurface now. Here’s the short version. On September 11, 2016, a field of eight Standardbreds competed in the $252,000 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Championship at Harrah’s Philadelphia in Chester, Pa. […]

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Commentary: A Fateful Decision One Night In Oklahoma?

On June 2, Special Candy High flew out of the gate at Remington Park to take the lead in the $1,024,840 Heritage Place Futurity, a Grade 1 event at 350 yards. It was the undefeated 2-year-old Quarter Horse’s third career start for trainer Clinton Crawford, and it would prove to be his last. Shortly after […]

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