race day medications

Commentary: From Golden Era of Racing to Golden Era of Medication

The following commentary was submitted by the Water Hay Oats Alliance, which supports federal legislation to regulate medication in horse racing. Thoroughbred racing is rife with disagreements, but everyone agrees that another Triple Crown winner would bring huge benefits to our sport. Another racing superstar is just what our industry and our fans are longing […]

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Not So Golden: Officials Examine Use of Carolina Gold on Race Day

The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) raised concerns about gamma-aminobutyric acid last year, ultimately banning use of the depressant in competition. Now, horse racing officials are investigating whether the drug, also known as GABA or “Carolina Gold” is being administered along with race day Lasix. Officials with the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium told Blood-Horse […]

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Owners pledge to race 2-year-olds without race-day meds

The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association (TOBA) today released a broad-based list of Thoroughbred owners who have pledged to race their 2-year-olds of 2012 without race-day medications.  Horses owned by these individuals will race their entire 2-year-old season without race-day furosemide and adjunct bleeder medications. “The use of race-day medications has grown to the point […]

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RCI report: Racing not plagued by illegal drugs

A report issued Thursday by the Association of Racing Commissioners International says claims that illegal drugs are rampant or widespread in horse racing just aren’t true, based on the statistics.  The report, “Drugs in U.S. Racing 2010 – The Facts” provides an array of stats concerning drug testing results from 2010 and over a longer […]

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British view: Medication move will make BC more influential

An editorial in Britain’s Guardian newspaper applauds the Breeders’ Cup move towards a ban on race day medication and suggests European horsemen may be much more keen to participate going forward.  It says Ascot can help facilitate that by moving its Champions Day races from October back to mid-September: “After a quarter of a century, […]

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