medication reform

‘We Are Ready For Change’: Top Thoroughbred Trainers Voice Support For Horseracing Integrity Act

The following is an “Open Letter to the Thoroughbred Community” submitted to media outlets Friday from a group of 16 trainers:  Horse racing is at a pivotal moment in its long history in the United States. The past six months presented a string of events at venerable Santa Anita Park that have shaken public confidence […]

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Gorajec: RCI Kicked To The Curb By California Horse Racing Board; Who’s Next?

I listened to last Thursday’s audio broadcast of the California Horse Racing Board (CHRB) meeting as it withdrew, by unanimous vote, as a member of the Association of Racing Commissioners International (RCI). I was an active member of the RCI for 25 years when I was the executive director of the Indiana Horse Racing Commission […]

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Jeff Blea, DVM, On The Santa Anita Crisis, Medication And Racing’s Survival

As a veterinarian practicing at Santa Anita, the last few months have been the most difficult of my career.  I’ve experienced grief for the horses who have been euthanized, and frustration with the spike in racing and training injuries.  The survivability of the sport in my state is on the line. But this crisis is […]

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‘Watershed Moment For California Horse Racing’: TOC Seeking Input From Members On Announced Reforms

Thoroughbred Owners of California has scheduled a 1 p.m. PT teleconference on Saturday for its members to provide input and ask questions about the medication and safety reforms for Santa Anita Park and Golden Gate Fields announced on Thursday by Belinda Stronach, chairman of The Stronach Group that owns the two California racetracks, along with […]

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Horseracing Integrity Act Reintroduced, ‘Back In The Starting Gate’ For Congress

Today, U.S. Reps. Paul Tonko (D-NY), and Andy Barr (R-KY), who represent two of the meccas of American Thoroughbred racing – Saratoga Springs and Lexington – introduced the Horseracing Integrity Act to create a uniform national standard for drug testing that would be overseen by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA). “My team and I have […]

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Racehorse Welfare: Opinion vs. Science

The general public has taken a more critical view of horseracing in the past decade, especially where issues of equine welfare are concerned. Those concerns could, however, have more to do with lack of understanding of scientific facts and the reasoning behind some practices than anything else. Recently a group of researchers led by Dr. […]

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Gorajec: ‘Day Of Reckoning’ On Horizon For New York’s Drug Testing Program

Former longtime racing regulator Joe Gorajec, writing for Thoroughbred Racing Commentary, discusses the drug testing protocol of the New York State Gaming Commission, and the implementation of its new split sample program, which began at the start of Aqueduct’s fall meet. Gorajec questions the timing of the new protocol, asking “why now?”, when it’s a procedure […]

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KHRC Approves Funding For Study Regarding Contamination Issues In Drug Testing

During its regular meeting Oct. 17, the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission approved funding for an analytical study that will examine the levels of substances – both regulated and others – found in racetrack environments. The racing commission hopes that the study will help “shed light” on contamination issues in drug testing. According to a report […]

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International Bloodstock Agent James Delahooke Joins WHOA

International Bloodstock Agent, James Delahooke has thrown his support behind the efforts of the Water Hay Oats Alliance to ban the use of performance enhancing drugs in U.S. horse racing. In his career Delahooke has purchased as yearlings no less than 11 champions and 30 individual Group 1 winners of 45 Group 1 races. Amongst […]

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‘The Whole Process Was Just Not Easy’: Lengthy Delays Frustrate Those Involved In Maryland Dextrorphan Case

After nearly six months of appeals and retests, the Maryland Racing Commission ruled on Aug. 3 that trainer Mary Eppler was responsible for the presence of the prohibited drug, dextrorphan, in the system of the horse Story Spinner, which won at Laurel Park Feb. 10. Story Spinner then tested positive for the prohibited substance, which resulted in […]

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