performance enhancing drugs

Ruidoso Acquires Trained K-9 Officer To Help Sweep The Track For Equine PEDs

Texas based non-profit K9s4COPs has donated one trained K-9 police officer to the Ruidoso Downs Race Track & Casino in Ruidoso Downs, New Mexico. The dual-purpose narcotics and tracking dog will be certified and partnered with a handler from the Ruidoso Police Department. K9s4COPs will work closely with the 14-month-old Belgian Malinois “K-9 Csini” as […]

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Combating A Culture Of Cheating: A Matter Of Trust

(First in a two-part series.) Horse racing has a culture of cheating. Its problem is drugs. It’s what the public calls doping. The methods differ, as do the drugs. At one end of the spectrum, horsemen and veterinarians inject horses on race day with a wide variety of drugs or other foreign substances. This practice is […]

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Shanklin: Theory Vs. Practice In Catching Drug Cheaters

Bill Shanklin, in his horseracingbusiness.com blog, compares the challenges of catching human athletes who use performance enhancing drugs with the world of horse racing. Shanklin quotes from a new book by veteran National Basketball Association coach George Karl (“Furious George: My Forty Years Surviving Divas, Clueless GMs, and Poor Shot Selection”), who says the NBA […]

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Irwin: Tennis, Track And Field Scandals Support Racing’s Path Toward Independent Oversight

Unbeknownst to many people involved in the movement to eliminate drugs in racing, a couple of months ago I lessened my involvement because I had become discouraged with the progress of the proposed federal legislation sponsored by Congressmen Andy Barr and Paul Tonko. Sparking my change in direction was an impassioned talk delivered by harness […]

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India: Trainer Responsibility Rule Upheld In Feed Contamination Case

Two trainers in India, Pesi Shroff and Mansingh Jadhav, have been handed 90 day suspensions following an overage of O-Desmethyl venlafaxine, an anti-depressant drug.  While its ability to have any performance-altering affect is questionable, it is listed as a class 2 drug in India, leading to the severity of the suspensions. The two trainers sent […]

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Casner: Federal Legislation Presents Opportunity For Salvation

As I read the June 9 article, “American Pharoah offers a Carpe Diem Moment for Racing,” I reflected on the 37 years since we last saw a Triple Crown winner. Horse racing has gone through many changes – some good and some we need to continue to work on. Since I first walked on the backside of Sunland Park racetrack when I was 15 years old, my dream was […]

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Veterinarian Plans Drug-Free Campaign for Derby Hopeful

Amid more discussion than ever about legal and illegal medications in racing, Dr. Russell Cohen is hoping one of his patients will be going to the Kentucky Derby drug-free. According to an ESPN report, Cohen, who is also the racing manager for his mother’s Tri-Bone Stables, has filled out a supplemental entry for Tri-Bone’s Effinex. […]

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Trainer Granted Stay of Suspension in Case of Viagra Positives

The 16-year suspension imposed on trainer John Stinebaugh of El Paso, Tex. is on hold while the trainer completes the appeals process, according to a district judge’s ruling on Friday. Four of Stinebaugh’s horses tested positive for Sildenafil, the active ingredient in Viagra, and he was handed the suspension on Feb. 10. Stinebaugh was ordered […]

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Viagra Positives Land New Mexico Trainer 16-Year Ban

Quarter horse trainer John Stinebaugh has been suspended 16 years and fined $40,000 after four horses in his care tested positive for Sildenafil, the active ingredient in the human erectile dysfunction drug Viagra. The horses were competing in Rainbow Futurity and Rainbow Derby Trials at Ruidoso Downs last July 5 and 6. Seldenafil is a […]

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Is Cobalt a Killer in Horses?

Cobalt isn’t listed in the 15 pages of drugs published by the Association of Racing Commissioners International in its “Uniform Classification Guidelines for Foreign Substances.” So it caught many people by surprise last week when Jeff Gural, owner of Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment, said two trainers would be banned from the New Jersey harness track […]

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