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Commentary: Indictments Show Horse Racing’s Existing Regulatory System Is Not Working

It came as no surprise and, in fact, it was expected that in the wake of the recent arrests by the FBI the long line of individuals and organizations entrenched in their defense of the status quo would come forward with the usual litany of nonsensical assertions and rationalizations. I work with several of these […]

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EPO: What We Know, And What We Don’t, About The Blood-Doping Threat

When Lance Armstrong confessed in 2013 to taking Epogen to boost production of oxygen-carrying red blood cells, horse racing fans began looking behind every tree for the boogeyman called erythropoietin, or EPO. Many had long suspected EPO had risen to prominence in horse racing in the 1990s alongside anabolic steroids, and news that one of […]

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The Friday Show Presented By The Match Series: Back In Washington

A congressional subcommittee is taking a closer look at the Horse Racing Integrity Act today. That’s the latest legislation in Washington that would provide national oversight for the use of medication in the sport. In today’s edition of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick discuss the components of the bill, the backers and […]

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Horseracing Integrity Act Gains Support Of 64 Trainers; Among Major Tracks, Churchill Downs Missing In Action

The Water Hay Oats Alliance has released a letter – signed by 64 current and retired trainers – endorsing the Horseracing Integrity Act (H.R. 2651) introduced in the U.S. Congress last year by Reps. Andy Barr (R-KY) and Paul Tonko (D-NY). The bill would establish a non-governmental, non-profit agency to oversee medication policy and enforcement […]

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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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Bonnie: Why I Support the Water Hay Oats Alliance

(Editor’s Note: Ned Bonnie has a unique perspective on medication issues and the federal government’s involvement with them, having formerly served as an attorney for the National HBPA in opposing legislation in the U.S. Congress that would regulate the use of drugs in horse racing. During a distinguished legal career, he’s played many roles, prosecuting […]

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