medication in racing

Hancock: Put Hubris Aside, Rethink Position On Medication In Horse Racing

I wonder just how long our wonderful sport can survive with our racehorses continuing to break down, causing them to be euthanized? The debate about the connection of these breakdowns on the tracks and the use of powerful drugs such as Bute and Lasix is irrelevant. Perception is reality, and it is quite clear what […]

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Australia: Top Trainers Among Eight Facing Charges Over Alleged Raceday Treatments

Several Group 1-winning trainers and stable employees are among those facing serious charges levied by Racing Victoria over raceday medication treatments of over 100 horses over a seven-year period. According to a report at, Robert Smerdon, Stuart Webb and Tony Vasil are three G1-winning trainers facing charges. Other trainers charged include Liam Birchley and Trent Pennuto. […]

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National Uniform Medication Program: Adoption Status Review

Published on behalf of Horse Racing Reform: Since its inception more than a decade ago, the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) has worked to develop and promote uniform rules and testing standards at the national level, which culminated in the creation of the National Uniform Medication Program (NUMP) in 2012. A review of the […]

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Former KTA/KTOB Executive Director David Switzer Joins WHOA

David L. Switzer, a graduate of the University of Kentucky with a BS Animal Science, has been associated with the Thoroughbred industry since 1958 working in both the breeding and racing areas. From 1979 to 1992, he owned Lexington, Ltd, an equine insurance and bloodstock agency. Mr. Switzer acted as the Executive Director of the […]

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Report: Rules Regarding Third-Party Lasix Administration On The Agenda For Next CHRB Meeting

The California Horse Racing Board will discuss adopting a third-party Lasix administration policy at its upcoming meet scheduled for June 16. The Blood-Horse reports that the rule would then conform with the Association of Racing Commissioners International model rule and the National Uniform Medication Program, in that independent veterinarians, rather than track vets, would administer Lasix on race-day. […]

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RMTC Forms Task Force To Examine Glaucine

The Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) has formed a task force to review information on glaucine and address the issue of recent positives for the substance. Earlier this year, several RMTC-accredited laboratories finalized positive tests for the substance. Glaucine is legally available in several eastern European and western Asian countries. The purported therapeutic effects […]

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Paulick Report’s Voss Receives Second Bergstein Writing Award Nomination

The latest nominee for Team Valor’s fifth annual Stan Bergstein Writing Award is a Paulick Report story on shadowy websites that peddle horse supplements touted as performance enhancing. Natalie Voss wrote the piece titled “Click Here To Cheat? Online Peddlers Of Racehorse Snake Oil Go Largely Unchecked,” revealing that substances sold on sites like […]

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Triple Crown Legends Turcotte, Cruguet, And Cauthen Join WHOA

The following is a statement from: Triple Crown winning Jockey Ron Turcotte, Secretariat, 1973 Triple Crown winning Jockey Jean Cruguet, Seattle Slew, 1977 Triple Crown winning Jockey Steve Cauthen, Affirmed, 1978 Few people have more reason to love Thoroughbred racing than we do. Each of our lives was dramatically changed by riding a Triple Crown […]

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AQHA Temporarily Suspends Multiple Medication Violation System

On March 7, 2016, the American Quarter Horse Association issued the following statement: The misuse of medication in the racing American Quarter Horse industry continues to be a serious animal welfare issue, and one that AQHA, with the support of horsemen and the racing industry alike, is working to address. In 2013, AQHA announced the […]

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