national uniform medication program

ARCI President Martin: Integrity Issues In Horse Racing A ‘Red Herring’

Editor’s Note: The following is a response to a July 10 commentary by former Indiana Horse Racing Commission executive director Joe Gorajec addressing comments to the United States Congress made by Ed Martin, president of the Association of Racing Commissioners International  (ARCI), along with a series of alleged inconsistencies in regulatory oversight in Pennsylvania. Gorajec is […]

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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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‘A Great Step Forward’: Stronach Throws His Support Behind Horseracing Integrity Act

On Tuesday, Congressman Andy Barr (R-KY) announced the support of Frank Stronach for the Horseracing Integrity Act. Congressman Barr plans to reintroduce the legislation, to create uniform medication standards across the 38 different racing jurisdictions in the United States. “Today, horseracing in America took a great step forward,” said Congressman Barr. “Frank Stronach, Founder and […]

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Trainers Claim Contamination Causing Naproxen Positives At Charles Town

  Ahead of Charles Town Race’s centerpiece stakes card Saturday, featuring the Grade 2 Charles Town Classic, a number of trainers say they have concerns about the track’s receiving barn. Charles Town has seen a rash of positive tests for naproxen, a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (the human form is sold as Aleve). According to rulings reports […]

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Kentucky One Step Closer To Uniform Medication Rules With Council Vote

Kentucky regulators came a step closer to bringing the state’s regulations in line with the National Uniform Medication Program (NUMP) on Tuesday afternoon when the Kentucky Equine Drug Research Council voted to approve drug classifications, penalty schedules, withdrawal guidelines and thresholds set out by the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium. Kentucky has been partially in line […]

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Gorajec: RCI’s New Integrity Compliance Committee ‘Changes Nothing’

Former longtime racing regulator Joe Gorajec, writing in Thoroughbred Racing Commentary, mocks the Association of Racing Commissioners International for creating a new committee, the Integrity Compliance Committee, that will “grade” states on how well they are complying with components of the national uniform medication program. Citing readily available information and a color-coded map on the Racing […]

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Coalition For Horse Racing Integrity: In Wake of Vitali Case, ‘We Need Better Regulation’

The Paulick Received the following Letter to the Editor from the Coalition for Horse Racing Integrity, whose members include national and local organizations representing breeders, owners, sale consignors, racetracks and veterinarians  As a group that shares the common belief that the Thoroughbred racing industry is in serious need of medication reform, we would like to […]

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Gagliano Urges Swift Adoption Of Racing Medication & Testing Consortium Protocols

Statement from James L. Gagliano, president and chief operating officer of The Jockey Club After a decade of discussion, and two full years of study, an enhanced model rule for out-of-competition testing that includes a progressive list of prohibited substances was finally proposed by the Racing Medication & Testing Consortium at the Association of Racing […]

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Pennsylvania Becomes 10th State To Adopt Uniform Medication Rules

The Racing Medication and Test Consortium (RMTC) today announced that Pennsylvania has become the 10th state to pass the National Uniform Medication “Program” in its entirety. With the adoption of the Program by the Pennsylvania Racing Commission on July 27, the state is the latest racing jurisdiction to implement all or portions of the Program […]

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After Spike In Violations, Florida HBPA Seeking ‘Fix’ Of New Medication Rules

Twenty-one of the 50 trainers with the most starts at the 2015-16 Gulfstream Park championship meeting were served with administrative complaints for medication violations since new regulations went into effect in January. The new regulations for therapeutic medications, signed into law by Gov. Rick Scott in June 2015, follow the drug schedule, threshold levels and withdrawal […]

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