out of competition testing

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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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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Santa Anita Implements Lasix Ban, Increased Restrictions On Therapeutic Drugs Following 22nd Fatal Breakdown

The following statement was distributed to media Thursday afternoon as an “open letter” from Stronach Group chairman and president Belinda Stronach following the track’s 22nd fatal breakdown during morning training at Santa Anita.  What has happened at Santa Anita over the last few weeks is beyond heartbreaking. It is unacceptable to the public and, as […]

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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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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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Ohio Officials Seek Horsemen’s Input On Out-Of-Competition Testing

Ohio State Racing Commission Chairman Robert Schmitz is seeking input from both Standardbred and Thoroughbred horsemen regarding Out of Competition Testing at the OSRC meeting, Aug. 29, 2018 at 10 am in Room 1952 at the Riffe Center, 77 S. High St., Columbus. The meeting is open to all pari-mutuel stakeholders, horsemen’s associations and the public. “Out […]

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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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Gorajec: Transparency And Accountability Missing Among U.S. Racing Regulators

Writing at Thoroughbred Racing Commentary, former longtime Indiana Horse Racing Commission executive director Joe Gorajec asks why racing regulators in the United States keep horsemen and the public in the dark about out-of-competition drug testing. California and Delaware regulators publish information about out-of-competition testing in their annual reports, but getting similar statistics from other states […]

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