drugs in racing

Gorajec: Rules Enforcement, Public Disclosure Lacking In Pennsylvania Betamethasone Cases

A series of betamethasone tests from 2016 raise questions about drug rules enforcement in Pennsylvania — that’s one of the takeaways from the latest commentary by former Indiana Horse Racing Commission executive director Joe Gorajec. Gorajec outlined three positives for the corticosteroid which resulted from races in 2016; the first two were between 10 and […]

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South African Authority Announces Tests From 170 Top Horses Negative For EPO

The National Horseracing Authority of Southern Africa routinely takes specimens from racehorses to test for prohibited substances.  Normal policy is to take a specimen from at least one horse in each race as well as doing out of competition testing.  As a result, roughly 5,000 specimens are analysed by The National Horseracing Authority’s world class laboratory each […]

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Breeders’ Cup: 289 Horses Before And After Competition, All Results Negative

Breeders’ Cup completed an extensive out of competition pre- and post-race testing program at this year’s Breeders’ Cup World Championships Churchill Downs, Nov. 2-3, which included the testing of 289 horses. Breeders’ Cup has taken a leadership position in out of competition testing and this year the organization continued its expansion of its most comprehensive […]

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RMTC Publishes Research On Ethylphenidate, Announces Funding For EPO, SARM Studies

The first of three Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) tactical research studies conducted over the last year was published on October 16. Tactical research studies focus on detecting, identifying and inhibiting the use of illicit substances. The study, “L-and D-threo Ethylphenidate Concentrations, Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics in Horses,” was funded with significant assistance from the […]

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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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