race-day medication

RCI committee to elicit opinions on furosemide

Press Release The Drug Testing Standards and Practices Committee (DTSP) of the Association of Racing Commissioners International (RCI) will hold a special meeting later this month in Saratoga Springs, NY to consider expert opinions relevant to the association’s review of current regulatory policy. Proposals to phase out the raceday use of furosemide by some RCI […]

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Jockey Club supports BC’s medication decision

The Jockey Club announced its support Friday for the Breeders’ Cup plan to phase out race-day medication by 2013.   Jockey Club president James Gagliano urged other groups in the Thoroughbred industry to take action: “We hope that other industry stakeholders, and particularly state racing commissions, will see the wisdom of the Breeders’ Cup decision and […]

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Crist: Breeders’ Cup move prompts many questions

The Daily Racing Form’s Steven Crist looks ahead to what the ripple effects might be, if any, from the Breeders’ Cup’s announcement to eliminate race day medication by 2013.  Crist says questions abound for owners, breeders, tracks and state regulators about the potential reach of this decision: “Will they find it contradictory that a horse […]

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Rees: Breeders need to follow BC’s lead on medication

In writing about the Breeders’ Cup’s proposed ban on race-day medication by 2013, Louisville Courier-Journal turf writer Jennie Rees says Thoroughbred breeders need to follow suit.  That means no medication before the sales: “It is unfair to the owners, and the trainers charged with trying to get them to the races, to buy horses who […]

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Breeders’ Cup: Race day meds eliminated by 2013

Press Release As part of its efforts to bring the Breeders’ Cup World Championships in line with other major global racing events, Breeders’ Cup Limited moved today to develop protocols to eliminate race-day medications in its Championships over the next two years, Breeders’ Cup announced today. The measure, adopted at today’s Board of Directors meeting, […]

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Medication Summit Day 1: Perceptions are reality

Day one of the International Summit on Race Day Medication focused on both the science of the anti-bleeding medication Salix (formerly Lasix) and the perceptions of drug use in racing. John Della Volpe of SocialSphere Inc. said a 2009 poll showed a dramatic improvement in fan confidence following an industry crackdown after the Eight Belles […]

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Will summit help reach consensus or further divide?

With the International Summit on Race Day medication just a week away, the Louisville Courier-Journal sets up the issues and potential outcomes for the summit.  Will it help the industry reach a consensus or push people further apart?  From the article: The fight over anti-bleeding medications is the “mother of all battles,” said Dan Metzger, […]

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Simon: Bill supporters know not what they do

In response to the growing industry support for the Interstate Horseracing Improvement Act, trainer Chuck Simon writes at his blog that the bill would be a disaster: “(These supporters) are betting the future of horse racing on the Federal Government’s ability to stop trainers from using Lasix. They have a theory that people aren’t betting […]

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The Breeders’ Cup Forum: Industry Support for Federal Intervention

Many people in racing consider involvement by the federal government to be the least preferred avenue for regulatory oversight of medication rules and drug testing. Others do not want to see sweeping changes, such as the elimination of raceday administration of drugs to treat exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhage. Yet there are those who believe it is […]

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Campbell: We need federal involvement in racing

In the Thoroughbred Times, Dogwood Stable president Cot Campbell shares his perspective on the Interstate Horseracing Improvement Act.  While he says federal involvement in racing is “undesirable,” he concludes that it’s the only way to get the sport back on track: “Enacting this legislation will certainly result in taking some horses out of circulation—but many […]

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