drugs in racing

The Friday Show Presented By Woodbine’s Twilight Racing Series: Challenge Accepted?

As we like to say at the Paulick Report, we’ve reached the “Dog Days” of the Thoroughbred racing season. Since it’s somewhat of a quiet time and the middle of the year, perhaps it’s a good time to reflect on the current state of the horse racing industry. So, in this episode of The Friday […]

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IFHA Chairman Louis Romanet Joins WHOA

The following statement was released by the Water, Hay Oats Alliance from their newest member Louis Romanet, Chairman of the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities: “I am pleased to see the reintroduction of the Horseracing Integrity Act of 2017, which will bring the United States closer to international standards of doping control rules, in-competition and […]

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Commentary: In Wake Of Rojas Case, Racing Should Follow Lead Of USOC

Having been involved as a lobbyist in many policy debates in Washington for several years, I consider it a rare gift when a major court case strongly confirms your side of an argument. It is rarer still when those on the losing side double down and wait for more of the same. That is the […]

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AQHA Voices Opposition To Proposed Horseracing Integrity Act

On May 25, Congressman Andy Barr (R-KY) introduced the Horseracing Integrity Act of 2017 to the House of Representatives. In summary, the bill requires “a uniform anti-doping and medication control program to be developed and enforced by an independent Horseracing Anti-Doping and Medication Control Authority.” While the American Quarter Horse Association strongly supports uniformity in […]

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The Elephant In The Room: Racing Can Do More To Take Care Of Its Own

As the Thoroughbred industry makes another push toward federal legislation standardizing drug testing in racing, one of the central questions will be what reformed testing will cost. Expense is, after all, part of the reason disparities lurk between various state commission drug testing contracts now. In the course of covering stories related to drug testing, […]

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Parx Imposes New House Rules On Medication Violations, Program Trainers

When racing resumes on Saturday at Parx Racing in Bensalem, Pa., a new “house rule” will be in effect that director of racing Sam Elliott hopes will serve as a deterrent to prevent horsemen from violating medication and integrity rules. “Parx Racing is intent on fixing the public perception and confidence in the integrity of the […]

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McLaren: Controlling Doping Requires A Change In Culture, Not Just Rules

At first glance, it may not seem like the Russian doping scandal has much to do with issues in the horse racing business (other, perhaps, than the use of the word ‘dope.’) In an address to the recent Pan American Conference in Washington, D.C, Richard McLaren, professor of law at Western University and Arbitrator of […]

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Daily Double: Vazquez Horse Disqualified Twice From Maiden Wins For Drug Violations

What are the chances a horse would be disqualified from a maiden win – not once, but twice – as a result of post-race drug tests? That’s what happened to J. J.’s Candy, a 3-year-old Sidney’s Candy colt owned by Big Monk Stable and Liorah Stables and trained by Juan Vazquez. J.J.’s Candy’s first disqualification […]

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Former U.S. Senator, Treasury Secretary Nicholas F. Brady Joins WHOA

Nicholas F. Brady, who served as a United States Senator from New Jersey and later as the Secretary of Treasury (1988-1993), has also been a prominent and active Thoroughbred owner and breeder for more than five decades. Mr. Brady became a member of The Jockey Club in 1966 and has been one ever since, with […]

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Oklahoma Horse Racing Commission Stewards Under Scrutiny For Summary Suspensions

Last week we wrote about a horse being allowed to run in the finals of the April 22 Remington Park Futurity for Quarter horses despite the horse’s owner and trainer being summarily suspended because of what stewards with the Oklahoma Horse Racing Commission deemed a serious drug infraction involving another horse in the trainer’s stable. […]

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