race-day medication

The Friday Show: New Drug Protocols, Derby Prep Upsetters?

Oaklawn Park is putting in place a slate of upgraded drug testing measures, including one that targets so-called “milkshaking” by trainers. In this week’s Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick give some context to the changes and also talk about recent comments by prominent equine surgeon Dr. Larry Bramlage regarding Lasix and medication oversight. Plus, […]

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Settlement Agreement To Include Nine-Year Ban For Indiana Racetrack Veterinarian

The Indiana Horse Racing Commission has reached a settlement agreement with Dr. Ross Russell, the racetrack veterinarian who was ruled off last October by then-IHRC executive director Joe Gorajec for a spate of alleged medication violations in an administrative complaint that said Russell’s “ethical compass is broken” and that he “embodies the worst stereotypes of […]

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Commentary: Lasix Industry An Out-Of-Control Juggernaut

Now that the dust of American Pharoah’s Classic victory has finally settled, it is time to take a look at the underlying story at this year’s Breeders’ Cup: the Lasix issue. The seemingly endless debate over the pros and cons of race-day medication was brought into sharp relief at Keeneland with the decision landing decidedly in […]

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Strong Support For National Oversight Of Drug Regulations In Daily Racing Form Readers Poll

An online poll conducted by Daily Racing Form demonstrated strong support among its readers for federal legislation to install an independent, non-governmental agency to regulate horse racing’s medication rules on a national basis. Of the more than 1,800 respondents to the survey, Daily Racing Form reports that nearly two-thirds – 64 percent – favored legislation introduced by […]

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Eight bottles of concentrated cobalt mistakenly delivered to the wrong clinic helped uncover a widespread drug issue in Australian racing
KY Racing Commission Delays Decision On Proposed Medication Rules, Testing

In its meeting held June 29, the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KHRC) delayed voting on proposed new rules regarding medication testing, withdrawal guidelines, and possible disciplinary measures. The proposed rules also included guidelines for the mineral cobalt. According to a report in the Blood-Horse, Bob Beck, chairman of the racing commission, felt the proposals needed […]

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Gulfstream To Experiment With Lasix-Free Juvenile Races

The Blood-Horse reported Thursday that Gulfstream Park plans to run at least two 2-year-old races written for horses who do not compete on race-day furosemide, a drug commonly known as Lasix. The first of these races will be included in the condition book that begins July 1. “The incentive to run Lasix-free will be high,” […]

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Florida Governor Signs Race-Day Medication Legislation

Florida Governor Rick Scott signed HB 239 relating to Medication and Testing of Racing Animals today, June 2, 2015. Effective July 1, 2015, the bill will dramatically change Chapter 550.2415, Florida Statutes, which has governed the use of Florida Thoroughbred race-day medication for more than 25 years. The product of strong advocacy by the Florida […]

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Dickinson: Breeders Must Lead The Way To Change U.S. Drug Rules

The following commentary was written by Michael Dickinson in support of the Water Hay Oats Alliance. Dickinson is a former trainer in the United Kingdom (where he is a member of the British Steeplechasing Hall of Fame) and United States who invented the Tapeta Footings synthetic racing surfaces.  I have trained in the UK on zero medication.  I’ve also trained in […]

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Keeneland Not Expecting Lasix-Free Race Proposal For 2015

Keeneland President and CEO Bill Thomason expressed support Friday for a Kentucky proposal that would allow racetracks to card races prohibiting the use of Lasix. But Thomason’s brief statement suggested the regulation would likely have no impact on the 2015 Breeders’ Cup at Keeneland in late October. “Keeneland supports the proposed regulation to be considered March 23 by a committee of the […]

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The Friday Show: A Surprising Derby Trend, And Some Weight With That Lasix?

The battle over race-day medication in U.S. horse racing may go dormant from time to time, but the forces pushing for change continue to work towards their goal — despite resistance from many horseman. In this edition of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick discuss a new proposal in Kentucky regarding Lasix. Could […]

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