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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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CHRB: Out-Of-Competition Testing Rules Approved, Match Racing Problem Discussed

The California Horse Racing Board conducted its regular meeting Thursday, December 13, at Los Alamitos Race Course. Chairman Chuck Winner presided. Vice Chair Madeline Auerbach and Commissioners Fred Maas and Alex Solis also were in attendance. The audio of this entire Board meeting is available on the CHRB Website (www.chrb.ca.gov) under the Webcast link. In […]

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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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Breeders’ Cup Takes Over Out-Of-Competition Testing After Masochistic Case

Out-of-competition testing (OOCT) will be conducted differently ahead of this year’s Breeders’ Cup, according to a report from Vegas Stats and Information Network. While OOCT was conducted by officials with the California Horse Racing Board last year, the Masochistic case has partially prompted Breeders’ Cup to take over its own OOCT. OOCT for the Breeders’ Cup […]

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Umarov Suspended Five Years For Testing Incident Per Agreement With Kentucky Commission

The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission announced an agreement with trainer Otabek Umarov for sanctions surrounding his refusal to provide Looks to Spare for out-of-competition testing in spring 2016. Umarov will be suspended for five years, beginning from May 1, 2016 (the day before he was ejected from Churchill Downs as a result of his actions), […]

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California Veterinarian’s List: Steroid Reporting By The Numbers

When news broke last month that Breeders’ Cup Sprint runner-up Masochistic tested positive for anabolic steroids after the race, many fans were shocked to learn steroids are still present in American racing. In California, a trainer must report the administration of anabolic steroids to a horse in his care to the California Horse Racing Board, […]

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