drugs in racing

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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Drug Positives And Environmental Contamination: The Skeptics’ Viewpoint

It has been a tough couple of years for racing commissioners in Kentucky. Besides the recent last-minute rescinding of ractopamine positives against trainers Rusty Arnold and Joe Sharp, there was last year’s void of three violations for dextrorphan. Then there’s the ongoing methocarbamol case the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission faces with Graham Motion, who like […]

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Federal Judge Upholds ‘Misbranding’ Conviction Of Trainer Murray Rojas

Judge Sylvia Rambo has denied a motion by the attorney for Murray Rojas to overturn a federal jury’s conviction of the Penn National-based trainer on 14 felony counts of misbranding prescription drugs over a 13-year period from 2002-14. Rojas was found not guilty of wire fraud. The crimes involved Rojas directing veterinarians to administer drugs […]

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Irish Regulators Fire Lab After False Positive For Anabolic Steroid

The Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board has ended a 22-year relationship with BHP Laboratories after authorities say the lab returned a false positive test for the anabolic steroid methandriol. The Racing Post reports the board and the lab completed a confidential mediation process this week. The lab had a contract with the board through the end […]

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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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