drugs in racing

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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‘No Desire To Run On Lasix’: British Trainers Rely On Minimalistic Medication Regimens

This is the second in a three-part series examining differences in medication policy and use in Great Britain versus the United States. See Part 1 here. When medication reform is discussed in the United States, horsemen’s advocates often resist tighter restrictions on therapeutic medications, citing the need to treat horses for the myriad aches and […]

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Across The Pond: How Does British Racing Regulate Drugs?

This is the first in a series of three articles comparing and contrasting medication use and regulation in Britain with those in the United States. We will examine the differences between the systems from the perspective of regulators, trainers, and veterinarians.  When it comes to medication regulation, it’s no secret things are done differently across […]

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Navarro, Sharp Fined For Class 1 Drug Violations; ‘Mitigating Circumstances’ Cited

Trainers Jorge Navarro and Joe Sharp recently were fined but not suspended after horses in their care tested positive for Class 1 drugs at Monmouth Park in New Jersey, suggesting stewards were convinced the presence of the substances was due to contamination of drugs widely abused by humans.. Navarro was fined $2,500 after George Cross […]

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UPDATED: Vazquez Suspended 30 Days For Medication Infraction At Suffolk Downs

Trainer Juan C. Vazquez was handed a 30-day suspension and fined $2,500 by stewards at Suffolk Downs in Massachusetts after a horse in his care tested positive for hydrocortisone hydrogen succinate – a Class 4 corticosteroid – on Aug. 5. Vazquez ran six horses at Suffolk Aug. 5, and Here Comes Gary was his sole […]

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Pattershall Suspended 60 Days By Delaware Park Stewards For Possession Of Needles, Syringes, Medication

Trainer Mary Pattershall has been suspended 60 days and fined $1,500 by stewards at Delaware Park for possession of hypodermic needles, syringes and injectable labeled medication on racetrack grounds. Pattershall, who is stabled at Parx Racing in Pennsylvania, shipped to Delaware Park on Aug. 12, when Five C’s Stable’s Diadema finished sixth in a starter allowance. A […]

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