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Combating A Culture Of Cheating: Betting On A New Paradigm

(Second of a two-part series. Click here to read part one.) In U.S. racing, each state has the sole authority to regulate all racing within its borders. There is no central, unifying authority. This has led to state-to-state differences in medication rules, drug testing procedures and penalties for violations. These differences often can be stark. In […]

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Delaware Commission Upholds Preciado Suspension

By a 5-0 vote, the Delaware Thoroughbred Racing Commission on Wednesday upheld two stewards’ rulings against trainer Ramon Preciado for positive tests for clenbuterol in August and September at Delaware Park. Barbara Hopkins’ Trouble Kid was disqualified from a nine-length starter allowance victory on Aug. 26 after testing positive for the bronchodilator. J A G […]

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Vazquez Files Appeal After Xylazine Positive in Pennsylvania

Troubled Mid-Atlantic trainer Juan Vazquez – ejected this year from tracks in Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania and West Virginia – is appealing a June 17 ruling from stewards at Pennsylvania’s Penn National racetrack fining him $2,000 after a horse he trains tested positive for the short acting sedative xylazine. The official chemist from the Pennsylvania Horse Racing […]

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Mid-Atlantic Commissions Keeping Watchful Eye On Truesdail Testing

In the wake of the Indiana Horse Racing Commission’s announcement that it has terminated its contract with Truesdail Laboratories, the lab’s clients in the mid-Atlantic have been left questioning their use of the facility for post-race testing. According to a report this week by The Racing Biz blog, officials in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, and […]

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Indiana Ousts Widely-Used Drug Testing Lab For ‘Continued Failure To Detect Substances’

Officials at Truesdail Laboratories in Irvine, Calif., said they plan to contest a May 12 decision by the Indiana Horse Racing Commission to terminate the company’s equine drug testing contract after Truesdail failed to detect high levels of commonly used corticosteroids in three samples taken from harness horses competing at Hoosier Park in late March […]

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Indiana Moves Equine Drug Testing To Industrial Laboratories

The Indiana Horse Racing Commission has terminated its contract with Truesdail Laboratory (Tustin, California), its primary laboratory, after Truesdail failed to report positive findings in three samples that contained drugs in violation of Indiana’s medication rules. The drugs, isoflupredone and betamethasone, were detected by the Commission’s audit laboratory, Industrial Laboratories (Denver, Colorado), and confirmed by […]

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Indiana Releases List of Sanctions After Clearing Lab Backlog

Indiana officials released a list of medication violations this week following a delay in testing post-race samples from the jurisdiction. The state’s racing commission announced sanctions against nine trainers and one veterinarian for medication violations from May to October. Eight of the nine violations involved anti-inflammatory drugs; one involved clenbuterol, per a report from The Blood-Horse. […]

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Lab Catches Up on Thoroughbred, Quarter Horse Testing in Indiana

The Indiana Horse Racing Commission reports today that the backlog of its drug testing samples is complete and testing is current at its thoroughbred and quarter horse race meet at Indiana Grand. The backlog of samples had accrued over the past several months at LGC Laboratory in Lexington, Kentucky. In late August the commission diverted […]

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Test Results Show Cobalt Abuse ‘Likely Occurring on a Daily Basis’ in Indiana

The Indiana Horse Racing Commission will consider emergency rules next Thursday, Sept. 4, to regulate cobalt, a potentially dangerous substance to horses that many believe mimics blood-doping agents like erythropoietin (EPO). If the commission approves the recommendations made by executive director Joe Gorajec, Indiana will become the first North American racing jurisdiction to regulate cobalt. If […]

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Indiana Switches Testing Labs ‘On Emergency Basis’

The Indiana Horse Racing Commission has contracted with Industrial Laboratories, Inc., of Denver, Colorado, on an emergency basis to assist with its equine drug testing program. Industrial Laboratories will be testing Indiana samples beginning in late August and lasting a minimum of five weeks.  Indiana is currently racing at Indiana Grand Race Course (Thoroughbred and […]

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