medication rules

Motion Joins WHOA, Calls For A ‘National Governing Body’

Leading North American trainer H. Graham Motion has joined the Water Hay Oats Alliance (WHOA) as the latest member in a growing list of trainers who support efforts for passage of The Horseracing Integrity Act.  To date, 65 trainers are represented on WHOA’s roster, including Hall of Famers Roger Attfield, Michael Dickinson, Neil Drysdale, and […]

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New York: Proposal Would Require Trainers To Keep Detailed Medication Records, Reports On Bleeding Episodes

During its meeting on Monday, the New York State Gaming Commission approved five proposed regulations ranging from one that would require trainers to maintained detailed medication logs on their horses to filing reports on horses that suffer serious bleeding episodes. The Daily Racing Form reports that the proposed regulations will be posted for a 45-day public comment […]

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Dickinson: Breeders Must Lead The Way To Change U.S. Drug Rules

The following commentary was written by Michael Dickinson in support of the Water Hay Oats Alliance. Dickinson is a former trainer in the United Kingdom (where he is a member of the British Steeplechasing Hall of Fame) and United States who invented the Tapeta Footings synthetic racing surfaces.  I have trained in the UK on zero medication.  I’ve also trained in […]

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NYRA Tweaks Safety Protocols, Discontinues ’15-Day Rule’

The New York Racing Association today announced that it would discontinue the temporary rule mandating 15 days between starts for horses competing at Aqueduct Racetrack, effective with the entries of March 5. “Aqueduct operates under some unique circumstances, and equine welfare will always be the top of our concerns,” said Martin Panza, Senior Vice-President of […]

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North Dakota Racing Adopts Uniform Medication Rules

At its April 25 meeting, the North Dakota Racing Commission provided approval to adopt the recently updated ARCI Uniform Classification Guidelines for Foreign Substances and Recommended Penalties Version 7.00, ARCI Controlled Therapeutic Medication Schedule Version 2.1. The Commission had previously moved to adopt the prior versions of these ARCI rules at its February 28 meeting […]

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Controversy in Florida Over Clenbuterol Positives

The Florida Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association is at war with the state’s regulatory body, the Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering, over what FHBPA executive director Kent Stirling said are more than 125 positive tests for clenbuterol.  Clenbuterol is a bronchodilator originally used to treat respiratory problems that became a commonly administered drug for horses in […]

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The Breeders’ Cup Forum: RMTC Chairman Dr. Robert (Bobby) Lewis

Dr. Robert (Bobby) Lewis is chairman of the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium, formed in 2000 by a broad spectrum of horse industry organizations representing different breeds, racing associations, owners and breeders, and regulators. The RMTC’s mission is to develop and promote uniform rules, policies and testing standards at the national level, coordinate research and […]

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Jockey Club, TOBA launch website advocating medication reform

The Jockey Club and the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association (TOBA) today announced the launch of an advocacy website, cleanhorseracing.org, that is dedicated to the reform of medication rules. Features of the new educational website include news, videos, scientific studies and commentary in support of medication-free racing, as well as several action-oriented sections that enable […]

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Horsemen, track owners support proposal from New Mexico Racing Commission

At a meeting Wednesday, members of the horse industry in New Mexico, including horse owners, track owners and a jockeys’ group, spoke in favor of a proposal presented by the New Mexico Racing Commission to adopt regulations developed by the Association of Racing Commissioners International. The meeting focused on penalties and restrictions for the illegal […]

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Maryland Racing Commission already making changes to medication oversight policies

One day after a hearing in which an owner argued the Maryland Racing Commission was at fault for the disqualification of his Rick Dutrow-trained horse, the Commission revealed it is already taking steps to remedy the lax practices that came to light.  Mike Hopkins, the Commission’s executive director, says he began working on correcting the […]

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