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New York Horsemen To Fund Drug Testing Improvements, Research Into EPO Detection

The Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association, led by a $25,000 donation from the New York THA, will contribute a total of $50,000 to fund research to develop an inexpensive test for the detection of potential blood doping agents such as erythropoietin (EPO). The two-year study, an initiative of the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium, will be conducted by […]

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EPO: What We Know, And What We Don’t, About The Blood-Doping Threat

When Lance Armstrong confessed in 2013 to taking Epogen to boost production of oxygen-carrying red blood cells, horse racing fans began looking behind every tree for the boogeyman called erythropoietin, or EPO. Many had long suspected EPO had risen to prominence in horse racing in the 1990s alongside anabolic steroids, and news that one of […]

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RMTC Approves Over $250,000 For Studies On Detection Of EPO And Of Nerve-Blocking Agent

At its February 11 meeting at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale, Fla, the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) board approved the funding of two tactical research projects with a combined price tag in excess of $250,000, as a continuation of its ongoing focus on detecting and eliminating illicit substances in racing. First, the RMTC is […]

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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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