illegal drugs

Veterinarian Plans Drug-Free Campaign for Derby Hopeful

Amid more discussion than ever about legal and illegal medications in racing, Dr. Russell Cohen is hoping one of his patients will be going to the Kentucky Derby drug-free. According to an ESPN report, Cohen, who is also the racing manager for his mother’s Tri-Bone Stables, has filled out a supplemental entry for Tri-Bone’s Effinex. […]

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Regulators Voice Concerns Over Compounding Pharmacies

According to a report by The Blood-Horse, the Weatherford Compounding Pharmacy is raising eyebrows among Texas racing regulators, who say the pharmacy is manufacturing some concerning products. The pharmacy offers items such as Equine Growth Hormone, Race Ready, and Exacta among others, which officials believe may be designed to provide performance-enhancing effects without resulting in positive […]

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Trainer Janks: It’s Fraud and It’s a Felony

Reading yet again of a new illegal drug, dermorphin, I wonder when racing officials and owners will ever get it. Racing like other sports is serious business and people who illegally medicate horses are not cheats – they are criminals. They are committing fraud, and yet there are virtually no consequences. If these same fraudulent […]

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New Mexico plans to beef up equine drug testing

The head of the New Mexico Racing Commission says the agency plans to expand random testing of horses for illegal drugs to include “out-of-competition” testing.  Currently, the commission requires testing of horses that win races and conducts random testing of some other race entries.  New Mexico’s racing industry is under fire following a New York […]

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Gural: Handcuffs instead of suspensions for racing drug violations?

If Jeff Gural has his way, horse racing trainers who violate certain drug rules in New Jersey would not only face suspensions but criminal charges as well.  According to Standardbred Canada, Gural – who just signed a 30-year lease to run the Meadowlands harness racing track – told an awards banquet audience he’s prepared to […]

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Los Alamitos Quarter Horse trainer Farias faces multiple drug violations

The California Horse Racing Board has filed six complaints against Quarter Horse trainer Adan Farias for violating drug rules, according to the American Quarter Horse Association.  The Class 1 violations were collected from six horses running at Los Alamitos in late October.  Hearings are pending on the finding of zilpaterol, which the AQHA says is […]

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Strawbridge should lead racing’s drug reform effort

Can’t say I know George Strawbridge very well, but I appreciate his comments on the issue of drugs in American horse racing while speaking as the honor guest at the Thoroughbred Club of America’s annual testimonial dinner at Keeneland on Sunday night. By all accounts, Strawbridge is one of our game’s great sportsmen. He does […]

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Strawbridge: Racing’s drug problem must be cleaned up

In a speech Sunday at Keeneland Race Course, prominent owner/breeder George Strawbridge, Jr. said drugs have become a scourge on the sport of racing, and the issue must be addressed with strong reform.  The Blood-Horse reported on the Thoroughbred Club of America speech: “This is what the sport has become associated with, a sinister substance […]

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Australia responds to possible ITPP threat in racing

Racing authorities in Australia have sent a positive post-race sample off to Hong Kong for further testing after arsenic was discovered in the sample.  Arsenic is a component of ITPP, a performance-enhancing drug developed in France.  Stewards said Australia’s racing forensic lab is collaborating internationally: “The possible use in Australia of ITPP, a drug believed […]

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Pricci: Dutrow is ‘tip of the iceberg that nobody wants to talk about’

In giving his take on Rick Dutrow’s 10-year ban in New York, Horse Race Insider John Pricci says while much of what Dutrow has done is indefensible, he also wonders why he feels that Dutrow is being scape-goated and that “he’s the tip of the iceberg that nobody wants to talk about”: “Maybe it’s because […]

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