Rees responds to comments on race day meds, breeders

In a new blog post, Louisville Courier-Journal turf writer Jennie Rees responds to some of the comments made here on her Tuesday post about Lasix.  She admits she unfairly characterized Europe as not having ownership syndicate opportunities although she still suggests “it’s a lot easier for a couple of middle-class or blue-collar joes to get […]

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Michael Veitch: Lasix issue too complex for rushed decision

The Saratogian’s Michael Veitch, a former school teacher, compares the current situation with race day medication to the political push two decades ago to emphasize test results in American schools.  Veitch fears that in the Lasix decision, the input of trainers, like that of schoolteachers, might be ignored: “If Lasix is eliminated without any thought […]

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Rees: Not buying the foreign buyers argument about race day meds

Louisville Courier-Journal turf writer Jennie Rees shares a few thoughts about the recent talk of banning race day medication in the U.S.  She wonders whether the U.S. racing industry indeed wants to emulate Europe, which has its own set of problems and issues.  And she’s not at all convinced that foreign buyers are staying away […]

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British view: Medication move will make BC more influential

An editorial in Britain’s Guardian newspaper applauds the Breeders’ Cup move towards a ban on race day medication and suggests European horsemen may be much more keen to participate going forward.  It says Ascot can help facilitate that by moving its Champions Day races from October back to mid-September: “After a quarter of a century, […]

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Stronach asks state regulators to help him phase out race-day meds

Frank Stronach has sent letters to racing commissions in states where he owns tracks, asking for help in phasing out race-day medications at those tracks.  Stronach has ownership in Gulfstream, Santa Anita, Golden Gate Fields, Pimlico and Laurel in Maryland and Oregon’s Portland Meadows. Stronach’s request follows last week’s proposal by the Breeders’ Cup to […]

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RCI committee to elicit opinions on furosemide

Press Release The Drug Testing Standards and Practices Committee (DTSP) of the Association of Racing Commissioners International (RCI) will hold a special meeting later this month in Saratoga Springs, NY to consider expert opinions relevant to the association’s review of current regulatory policy. Proposals to phase out the raceday use of furosemide by some RCI […]

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Proposed legislation would impose ‘zero tolerance’ on drugs

No one in the Thoroughbred racing industry can say Congressman Ed Whitfield didn’t warn them. Whitfield, a nine-term Republican representing Kentucky’s First Congressional district, has filed legislation entitled the “Interstate Horseracing Improvement Act of 2011” that, as currently proposed, would eliminate the use of any currently permitted therapeutic or illegal, performance-enhancing drugs for racehorses, in […]

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RCI board votes to re-examine furosemide

Press Release The Board of Directors of the Association of Racing Commissioners International (RCI) voted without objection this week in favor a resolution calling for the re-examination of whether its current policy pertaining to furosemide should be continued. RCI also endorsed international coordination and collaboration on overall medication policies and underscored the need to do […]

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By Ray Paulick Whether he knew it or not, researcher Tim Parkin threw a juicy piece of red meat to the vocal anti-synthetic track crowd on Monday during the opening session of the third Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit at Keeneland when he said there was no “statistically relevant difference” in the percentage […]

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