drugs in racing

Has RCI Gone To The Dogs? California Regulators May Drop Membership

Citing a new formula determining board seats and philosophical differences over medication policy, the California Horse Racing Board will consider withdrawing its membership in the Association of Racing Commissioners International at Thursday’s regularly scheduled CHRB meeting in Pleasanton, Calif. According to the meeting package prepared for Thursday’s meeting, the CHRB has been a member of […]

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Gillibrand, McSally Introduce Horseracing Integrity Act In U.S. Senate

The Coalition for Horse Racing Integrity (CHRI) announced its strong support for the Horseracing Integrity Act of 2019, introduced in the U.S. on Senate Wednesday by Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Martha McSally (R-AZ). The bill would create a private, independent horse racing anti-doping authority, the Horseracing Anti-Doping and Medication Control Authority (HADA), responsible for […]

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Racing Medication Debate Plays Out On NPR

The debate about the use of Lasix and other therapeutic medications has spilled over into national news as Belmont Day approaches. National Public Radio took a look at the issue Thursday, weighing the perspectives of animal rights groups, anti-medication advocates, and horsemen who want to continue using the therapeutics currently available to them. The California […]

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Trainers In Australia Warned About Presence Of Anabolic Steroids In Injectable Omeprazole

Racing NSW issued the following alert to trainers this week:  Racing NSW Stewards have been provided with the analytical results from the Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory (ARFL) confirming the presence of the Anabolic Androgenic Steroid testosterone in a bottle of Omeprazole 100mg/mL injection manufactured by BOVA Australia used for the management of gastric ulcers. Racing NSW and BOVA Australia […]

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New Bolton Developing Biological Passports, With Help From Pennsylvania Breeders

It sounds like something out of a science fiction movie: Rows of vials in a laboratory freezer, each containing detailed biological maps of what’s going on inside the bodies of dozens of horses at specific moments in time. The frozen blood samples might one day hold the keys to making racing clean and drug-free, predicting […]

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FBI Probe: Penn National Trainer Murray Rojas Sentenced To 27 Months In Federal Prison

Trainer Murray Rojas was sentenced on Monday to 27 months in federal prison on 14 felony counts of misbranding prescription drugs over a 13-year period from 2002-’14 at Penn National in Grantville, Pa. Rojas was convicted by a jury in June 2017 in United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg, Pa. […]

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Two U.S. Senators To Introduce ‘Racehorse Doping Ban Act of 2019’

Ahead of Saturday’s Kentucky Derby, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) announced that next week they will introduce the Racehorse Doping Ban Act of 2019, which would establish consistent medication rules across the industry and strict doping penalties for horse races already governed by federal law. “It is past time that Congress stop rewarding the horse racing industry for its […]

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Help Wanted: RMTC Puts Out Call For Next Executive Director/COO

The Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) is actively seeking applications for the position of Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer, based in its Lexington, Ky., office. The job will require a multifaceted individual to provide administrative oversight of large-scale drug research projects, implementation of world class laboratory drug testing standards, and the development of […]

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In The Fight Against Off-Label Bisphosphonate Use, Is Sale Company Testing The Next Step?

As the racing industry continues to struggle in the fight against off-label bisphosphonate use, some wonder whether testing by sales companies could be the next step. In a meeting of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission this week, equine medical director Dr. Mary Scollay told commissioners current tests will only pick up bisphosphonates between 30 and […]

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RCI: No Evidence Furosemide Contributes To Breakdowns, No Change In Policy Forthcoming

The Scientific Advisory Group of the Association of Racing Commissioners International (ARCI) has reported that there is no current science linking furosemide treatments to muscular skeletal issues that may be a contributing cause of equine breakdowns in racing. The group reported to a meeting of the RCI’s Drug Testing Standards and Practices Committee that they […]

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