GABA

Sport Horse World Questioning Use Of Compounded Drug After Reports Of Sudden Deaths

Medroxyprogesterone acetate, also known as medroxy or MPA, is a compounded version of Depo-Provera, a human contraceptive. This drug has been used for years in the sport horse industry, believed to calm fractious horses and prevent estrus in mares (though research shows it actually has no impact on estrus). As a calming medication, medroxy is […]

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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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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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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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