illegal drugs in racing

Detection Of New Synthetic Drug Disturbing But Less Problematic Than Dermorphin

An announcement by the Association of Racing Commissioners International that the New York Equine Drug Testing Program confirmed the first incidence of a particular synthetic opioid in a racehorse was met with surprise and frustration. The finding of the drug, called AH-7921, may be unsettling, but experts say the substance is nothing new, and it […]

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New York Horsemen Commit $450,000 To Purchase New Drug Testing Equipment

The New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (NYTHA) today announced its commitment to acquire state-of-the-art testing equipment for the New York Equine Drug Testing and Research Program at Morrisville State College. The new equipment, a triple quadrupole mass spectrometer, will be used to screen for new drugs that are alleged to be used in horse racing, […]

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Package Delivered To Wrong Vet Clinic Triggered Australia’s Cobalt Scandal

It appears a package delivered to the wrong veterinarian clinic set off the far-reaching cobalt crackdown tearing through Australia’s horse racing industry. The Herald-Sun reports that in January, 2014, renowned trainer David Hayes received at his training facility’s clinic a parcel sent from a laboratory in Queensland. The package was intended for a veterinarian based elsewhere. Inside, Hayes found […]

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Compounding Pharmacy, Supplier Sued For $6 Million Over Viagra Positives

Quarter horse trainer John Stinebaugh, suspended 16 years and fined $40,000 after four of his horses tested positive for the active ingredient in human erectile dysfunction drug Viagra at Ruidoso Downs in New Mexico, is suing a Texas compounding pharmacy and one of its suppliers for $6 million, alleging negligence in the manufacture of a […]

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Commentary: Cobalt Use May Not Benefit Performance, But Side Effects Are Risky

In a commentary to be published in an upcoming issue of The Veterinary Journal, Drs. Ali Mobasheri of King Abdulaziz University and Christopher Proudman of the University of Surrey state that the administration of cobalt chloride may not produce performance-enhancing effects, but many trainers may be unaware of the potentially deadly side effects of an overdose of […]

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When The Cheaters Get It Wrong: Cobalt Latest In A List Of Misestimations

The horse is a complex creature; so complex that even to those looking to give him a chemical boost, he can remain a mystery. Last week’s meeting of the Kentucky Equine Drug Research Council focused on the most appropriate way to regulate the use of cobalt in racehorses, but most experts there agreed that science […]

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Tricks Of The Trade: How EPO Used For Blood-Doping A Horse

Erythropoietin is a hormone produced naturally by the kidney that helps regulate the production of red blood cells. Epogen is a drug developed by scientists in the 1980s to treat human diseases like anemia, where red blood cell counts are insufficiently low. Epogen, or EPO for short, quickly found its way into human sports as the […]

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Louisiana Supreme Court Denies Taylor, 3 Other Trainers Suspended for Dermorphin

Four Quarter Horse trainers suspended between five and 10 years for dermorphin positives in horses racing in Louisiana reached the end of the road in their appeals process last week when the Louisiana Supreme Court on Friday denied their applications for writ to argue their case. They previously lost an appeal before Louisiana’s Third Circuit […]

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American Racing’s Slow-Moving War on Cobalt

The story of the tortoise and the hare is a fable – a fictitious race between a turtle and a rabbit that ends with a determined and purposeful tortoise beating a fleet-footed but over-confident rabbit to the finish line. In horse racing’s version of this well-known tale, I’m betting on the rabbit. The majority of regulatory agencies that govern the […]

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