horse racing medication

The Friday Show: Back To Congress, Belmont Shrinking?

A pair of Congressmen reintroduced the Horseracing Integrity Act this week, a bill designed to implement uniform oversight of medication in horse racing. This is the second iteration of the bill, and there are two important changes to this version, which could impact its support and chance of passing. In this edition of The Friday […]

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What Good Is A Model Rule In Horse Racing If No One Follows It?

Imagine, for a minute, that the rules governing the National Football League were developed the same way as horse racing regulations. During an annual meeting, personnel from the NFL league office would discuss and approve “model rules” for the game, then team owners around the league would be encouraged – but not required – to adopt them. […]

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Taking My Money Elsewhere: California Gets It Wrong On Lasix

I’m not what anyone would refer to as a “major player” when it comes to betting on horses. I cut my teeth at the Chicago area tracks in the late 1970s, then spent eight years in Southern California while working as a handicapper and editor in the Los Angeles offices of Daily Racing Form. I […]

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PR Special: Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Sale Day 1

The Paulick Report is pleased to offer a special print edition for the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Sale, which begins Monday night in Saratoga Springs, NY. In this edition of the PR Special, Ray looks at the forces aligning over legislation that would institute federal oversight of medication in racing. Natalie Voss examines research into how Thoroughbred foals grow and […]

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The Friday Show: Strange Bedfellows, Pharoah Vs LeBron?

It didn’t make many waves when it was announced a while back, but some folks in the racing biz have started asking why the Jockey Club and Breeders’ Cup are joining with a high-profile animal welfare group in a push for national oversight of medication in racing. In this edition of The Friday Show, Scott […]

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RMTC: Cobalt Data Analysis Has Been Problematic

The following is a response to a column by Ray Paulick earlier this week concerning the approval of a threshold level for cobalt by the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium: The Paulick Report recently reported on the alleged slow progress that was made by RMTC and the horseracing industry on the issue of cobalt regulation.  In […]

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Keeneland Not Expecting Lasix-Free Race Proposal For 2015

Keeneland President and CEO Bill Thomason expressed support Friday for a Kentucky proposal that would allow racetracks to card races prohibiting the use of Lasix. But Thomason’s brief statement suggested the regulation would likely have no impact on the 2015 Breeders’ Cup at Keeneland in late October. “Keeneland supports the proposed regulation to be considered March 23 by a committee of the […]

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The Friday Show: A Surprising Derby Trend, And Some Weight With That Lasix?

The battle over race-day medication in U.S. horse racing may go dormant from time to time, but the forces pushing for change continue to work towards their goal — despite resistance from many horseman. In this edition of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick discuss a new proposal in Kentucky regarding Lasix. Could […]

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A Moving Target? Understanding the RMTC’s Progress

Since its 2001 foundation, the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium has made strides toward its goals of a nationally uniform set of medication rules and rigorous state drug testing lab accreditation. In December, RMTC anticipated the number of states working under its recommended list of therapeutic medication thresholds would increase from four at the start […]

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Indiana: Gorajec Responds to Moss Commentary

The following article was submitted by Joe Gorajec, who since 1990 has served as executive director of the Indiana Horse Racing Commission. On Nov. 15, 2014, the Blood-Horse published an online commentary by Maggi Moss entitled “When Regulation Runs Amok.” In her commentary, Ms. Moss attempts to paint a picture of Indiana racing being out of control, […]

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