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Ohio Racetrack Vets Offer Guidance On Out Of Competition Testing

A quintet of Ohio-based, practicing racetrack veterinarians provided the Ohio State Racing Commission members with their thoughts on out of competition testing at the OSRC’s monthly meeting, Nov. 29, in Columbus. The veterinarians—who between them have over 150 years of experience—included: Dr. John Piehowicz, Cincinnati (Thoroughbreds/Standardbreds); Dr. John Reichert, Grove City (Standardbreds); Dr. Barry Carter, […]

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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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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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Equine Biological Passports: Years Away, But Receiving Industry Support

The Kentucky Equine Drug Research Council (KEDRC) unanimously voted this week to allocate $15,000 to funding ongoing research into biological passport. Although the technology is at least a couple of years from implementation, Dr. Scott Stanley of the University of California-Davis said the passports could solve several problems in drug testing. Regulators face particular challenges […]

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PETA Funds Lawsuit From Losing Horseplayer Against Trainer After Horse Tests Positive

According to a report from the Daily Racing Form, an Illinois-based horseplayer has filed suit against harness trainer Robert Bresnahan and owner J.L. Sadowsky LLC for more than $31,000 — the amount the man says he would have won if not for Tag Up and Go, who won the fourth race at Meadowlands on Jan. 15, […]

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Combating A Culture Of Cheating: Betting On A New Paradigm

(Second of a two-part series. Click here to read part one.) In U.S. racing, each state has the sole authority to regulate all racing within its borders. There is no central, unifying authority. This has led to state-to-state differences in medication rules, drug testing procedures and penalties for violations. These differences often can be stark. In […]

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‘The Optics Are Horrible’: March Of Out-Of-Competition Testing Is A Slow One

One of the familiar themes at the Jockey Club’s 64th annual Round Table Conference held Aug. 14 in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. was the usefulness of an out-of-competition drug testing program (OOCT) in horse racing. Jeff Novitzky, vice president of athlete health and performance for Ultimate Fighting Championship, pointed out the importance of OOCT to anti-doping […]

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Casner: Federal Legislation Presents Opportunity For Salvation

As I read the June 9 article, “American Pharoah offers a Carpe Diem Moment for Racing,” I reflected on the 37 years since we last saw a Triple Crown winner. Horse racing has gone through many changes – some good and some we need to continue to work on. Since I first walked on the backside of Sunland Park racetrack when I was 15 years old, my dream was […]

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Tricks Of The Trade: How EPO Used For Blood-Doping A Horse

Erythropoietin is a hormone produced naturally by the kidney that helps regulate the production of red blood cells. Epogen is a drug developed by scientists in the 1980s to treat human diseases like anemia, where red blood cell counts are insufficiently low. Epogen, or EPO for short, quickly found its way into human sports as the […]

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Test Results Show Cobalt Abuse ‘Likely Occurring on a Daily Basis’ in Indiana

The Indiana Horse Racing Commission will consider emergency rules next Thursday, Sept. 4, to regulate cobalt, a potentially dangerous substance to horses that many believe mimics blood-doping agents like erythropoietin (EPO). If the commission approves the recommendations made by executive director Joe Gorajec, Indiana will become the first North American racing jurisdiction to regulate cobalt. If […]

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