drugs in racing

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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Ruidoso Acquires Trained K-9 Officer To Help Sweep The Track For Equine PEDs

Texas based non-profit K9s4COPs has donated one trained K-9 police officer to the Ruidoso Downs Race Track & Casino in Ruidoso Downs, New Mexico. The dual-purpose narcotics and tracking dog will be certified and partnered with a handler from the Ruidoso Police Department. K9s4COPs will work closely with the 14-month-old Belgian Malinois “K-9 Csini” as […]

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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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