GABA

Racing Integrity’s Newest Threat: Human Designer Drugs?

It’s no secret the challenge of post-race drug testing has always been keeping regulators one step ahead of those who use illegal drugs or illegally manipulate medication. But with the advent of Internet sales and bitcoin, one laboratory director fears his job, and that of racing commissions everywhere, is about to get a lot more […]

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Eight bottles of concentrated cobalt mistakenly delivered to the wrong clinic helped uncover a widespread drug issue in Australian racing
Drug Research Council Advances Cobalt, GABA Guidelines For Kentucky Racing

At a meeting on Tuesday, the Kentucky Equine Drug Research Council voted to advance threshold recommendations for cobalt and GABA (gamma aminobutyric acid, also known as Carolina Gold) for consideration by the state’s racing commission.  Members of the council agreed unanimously on the GABA recommendation, which aligned with the Racing Medication Testing Consortium’s suggested 110 parts […]

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Horse Racing Regulators’ Whack-A-Mole Challenge

Spent a few days at the 81st annual convention of the Association of Racing Commissioners International at Tampa, Fla. You’d think after 80 years they’d have this “regulating the horse and dog racing industries” thing figured out. Not necessarily so. But, as I learned in watching committee meetings and panel discussions of the RCI convention […]

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RMTC Committee Approves GABA Threshold

The executive committee of the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) has approved a uniform testing threshold of 110 parts per billion (ppb) in blood for the naturally occurring amino acid gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA). The threshold, which was developed by the RMTC’s Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC), will be submitted today to the Association of Racing […]

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Not So Golden: Officials Examine Use of Carolina Gold on Race Day

The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) raised concerns about gamma-aminobutyric acid last year, ultimately banning use of the depressant in competition. Now, horse racing officials are investigating whether the drug, also known as GABA or “Carolina Gold” is being administered along with race day Lasix. Officials with the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium told Blood-Horse […]

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