Breeders’ Cup Safety: Wildfire Monitoring, Hair Testing, And New Diagnostics

As wildfires continue to burn in Southern California, officials at Santa Anita Park say frequent checks on air quality are part of their safety protocols for this year’s Breeders’ Cup. The Getty fire, which is near the art museum of the same name, is about 30 miles away from the track. The Easy fire is […]

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Santa Anita Mulling Return To Synthetic Surface

As The Stronach Group continues to contemplate changes to improve safety at the embattled Santa Anita Park, officials there say they haven’t completely ruled out a switch back to synthetic. At a safety and security press briefing held Wednesday morning, Stronach Group chief veterinary officer Dr. Dionne Benson took a question from gathered media about […]

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After Masochistic, Breeders’ Cup Out-Of-Competition Testing More Comprehensive Than Ever

When horses load into the gate for this year’s Breeders’ Cup, it will mark the first time that every single American-based entrant has had at least one out-of-competition test (OOCT) performed before they were cleared to compete.  Like most regulatory programs, people didn’t think much about the Breeders’ Cup OOCT program until something went wrong. […]

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Commentary: Fact Checking Opponents Of Safety And Welfare Reform

Most of the modern political discourse (and much of the mainstream news cycle) seems to be dominated by debate. Two sides with two opposite arguments, both hoping to sway their audience into seeing things their way. Usually representatives of each side make bold, occasionally fantastical statements; sometimes they stretch or distort the truth. Their job […]

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Penalties For Positive OOCTs In California Could Soon Get Sharper

The California Horse Racing Board could soon enact changes to its veterinary rules which would toughen sanctions for positive out-of-competition tests (OOCTs). Currently, language allows positives on OOCTs to be prosecuted only as a drug “possession” since the language was written before OOCT was begun in 2007. According to a report from The Blood-Horse, new […]

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Ohio Racetrack Vets Offer Guidance On Out Of Competition Testing

A quintet of Ohio-based, practicing racetrack veterinarians provided the Ohio State Racing Commission members with their thoughts on out of competition testing at the OSRC’s monthly meeting, Nov. 29, in Columbus. The veterinarians—who between them have over 150 years of experience—included: Dr. John Piehowicz, Cincinnati (Thoroughbreds/Standardbreds); Dr. John Reichert, Grove City (Standardbreds); Dr. Barry Carter, […]

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Breeders’ Cup: 289 Horses Before And After Competition, All Results Negative

Breeders’ Cup completed an extensive out of competition pre- and post-race testing program at this year’s Breeders’ Cup World Championships Churchill Downs, Nov. 2-3, which included the testing of 289 horses. Breeders’ Cup has taken a leadership position in out of competition testing and this year the organization continued its expansion of its most comprehensive […]

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‘Races Are Won In Training’: Arthur Expresses Frustration After California OOCT Measure Sent Back To Committee

The California Horse Racing Board voted on Thursday to send a proposed rule governing out-of-competition drug testing back to committee. The Blood-Horse’s Jeremy Balan, tweeting from the meeting, noted last-minute opposition to the measure from the Thoroughbred Owners of California, who voiced concerns about responsibility for OOCT positives, as well as the California Thoroughbred Trainers. The […]

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Kentucky Commission Approves New Rules On Out-Of-Competition Testing, Voided Claims

The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission unanimously approved two new measures aimed at improving equine welfare during its regular meeting Feb. 20. The first was a drastic expansion of existing language on out-of-competition testing for horses starting in Kentucky. The new language allows the commission to look for a wider range of anabolic steroids, blood doping […]

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