race-day medication

Retirement group supports drug bill, with changes

The volunteer organization CANTER, which places retired Thoroughbreds, is the latest group to give its support to the Interstate Horseracing Improvement Act, designed to tackle drug use in racing.  In a statement, CANTER lauded the goal of the legislation – to “preserve the soundness of the Thoroughbred at the end of its racing career” – […]

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KY state senator Thayer supports RCI drug stance

This is a statement released Monday by Kentucky state senator Damon Thayer regarding the issue of race day medication: “As the legislative member of the Kentucky Equine Drug Research Council, I support the Racing Commissioners International position regarding changes in horse racing medication policies.  Kentucky should be a national leader when it pertains to reforms, […]

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Squires – The Rail: Owners and breeders are the “marks” in racing

Author and breeder Jim Squires weighs in on the race day medication issue and says owners and breeders would be wise to step up and try to help eradicate the racing industry’s expensive drug culture: “There are cost-conscious trainers who look out for owners. But for every one there are many others who allow veterinarians […]

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Belmont Park to host race day meds summit

Press Release The first “International Summit on Race Day Medication, EIPH and the Racehorse” will take place at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y., on June 13-14, 2011. The event is jointly sponsored by the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP), the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA), and the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC). Day […]

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Congressmen introduce racing drug bill

Press Release Click here to view bill Click here to read a letter in support of the bill signed by Arthur and Staci Hancock, Roy and Gretchen Jackson and George Strawbridge U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-KY-01) and U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) today introduced the ‘Interstate Horseracing Improvement Act of 2011,’ to end the use […]

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Moran: Drug war of the clueless

At ESPN.com, Paul Moran weighs in on the “low-hanging fruit” that is Congress threatening legislation on race day medication with the Kentucky Derby in the spotlight.  He concludes that the impetus for reform must be an industry-wide consensus (while very difficult to achieve) rather than federal intervention: “While considering the nation’s deficit, the debt ceiling, […]

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Crist: Federal intervention will only make things worse

Daily Racing Form publisher Steven Crist weighs in on forthcoming legislation from Congress that proposes to address the issue of race day medication.  He says the bill is ill-informed and would be dangerous for the sport: “Throw the bums out! That attitude – and the publicity the bill’s sponsors will receive by introducing their legislation […]

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Congress on race day meds: A train wreck that could’ve been avoided?

This was a slow-motion train wreck anyone should have seen coming. It was almost three years ago – in June of 2008 – when a Congressional committee conducted hearings into horse racing’s inadequate regulatory and self-governing structure. High-profile horses had died in Triple Crown races. The Kentucky Derby winner’s trainer said he’d regularly been giving […]

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Jockey Club reiterates stance against race-day meds

The Jockey Club has come out with a second statement supporting the elimination of race-day medications.  Jockey Club president James Gagliano said U.S. racing has lost the confidence of its customers and is out of sync with other countries. “Many observers today believe that the Thoroughbred is not as sound and hardy as he once […]

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International support for U.S. race day meds summit

A proposed summit on the issue of race day medication is drawing support from industry players in other countries. “The game has become so chemically oriented to the detriment of American racing,” said European-based trainer John Gosden.  “When I go to yearling sales, I’m concerned with what the horses have raced on and to what […]

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