racing medication and testing consortium

Trainer Kevin Patterson Appeals Cobalt DQ, Suspension And Fine

Trainer Kevin Patterson has appealed a 15-day suspension and $500 fine he received after Blu Moon Ace, runner-up in the Grade 3 Frank J. DeFrancis Memorial Dash at Laurel Park on Sept. 16, tested above threshold limits for cobalt, a substance that some believe has blood-doping performance enhancing effects similar to erythropoietin (EPO). Patterson also […]

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Zenyatta Halter Added To Racing Medication And Testing Consortium Online Auction

Between November 24 at 3 p.m. ET and December 1 at 3 p.m. ET, the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, will auction off halters of famous racing and stallion stars on its eBay page. All proceeds from the auction will go toward the RMTC’s four-year grant program beginning in 2018 […]

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RMTC Auctioning Famous Racehorse Halters To Raise Funds For ‘Tactical Research’

Between November 24 and December 1, the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, will auction off halters of famous racing and stallion stars on its eBay page. All proceeds from the auction will go toward the RMTC’s four-year grant program beginning in 2018 to encourage tactical research into the detection and identification of […]

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All 2017 Breeders’ Cup Horses Tested Clean By Maddy Laboratory

All samples collected from 2017 Breeders’ Cup horses have been cleared by the Kenneth L. Maddy Equine Analytical Chemistry Laboratory at the University of California, Davis. All horses competing in Breeders’ Cup races November 3 and 4 at Del Mar underwent pre-race testing for total carbon dioxide (TCO2) levels in blood. The Maddy Laboratory then conducted post-race testing of both blood and urine samples for prohibited drugs, including cobalt, collected from the first four finishers in all Breeders’Cup races and any additional random horses selected by the stewards consistent with CHRB protocol. The Maddy Laboratory is accredited by the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) and is the only racing laboratory in the Western Hemisphere certified by the International Federation […]

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Commentary: USTA Lacks Understanding Of Federal Bill

The U.S. Trotting Association (USTA) recently issued a statement expressing its opposition to the Horse Racing Integrity Act of 2017 (officially known as H.R. 2651). The bill would lead to the creation of a private, independent horseracing anti-doping authority responsible for developing and administering a nation-wide anti-doping program for horse racing. In short, the USTA […]

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American Quarter Horse Association Statement: ‘AQHA Endorses Racing Integrity’

Recent industry headlines have chronicled stories about areas of concern in racing that still need to be addressed. The American Quarter Horse Association is committed to protecting the welfare of the American Quarter Horse on and off the racetrack. The Association has not joined in the barrage of media focused on these topics; instead, AQHA has been […]

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Cosequin Presents Aftercare Spotlight: Horses Giving Back

Often when human athletes retire from professional sports, their next career is in some way related to the sport they love. Even more often, these former players are passionately committed to giving back to a sport that gave them so much, volunteering their time and pursuing opportunities that will positively impact the next generation and […]

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Trainers Claim Contamination Causing Naproxen Positives At Charles Town

  Ahead of Charles Town Race’s centerpiece stakes card Saturday, featuring the Grade 2 Charles Town Classic, a number of trainers say they have concerns about the track’s receiving barn. Charles Town has seen a rash of positive tests for naproxen, a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (the human form is sold as Aleve). According to rulings reports […]

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CHRB: Racing Secretaries To Be Allowed To Write Medication-Based Conditions

The California Horse Racing Board conducted its regular meeting Thursday, February 23, at Santa Anita Park. Chairman Chuck Winner presided. First Vice Chair George Krikorian, Second Vice Chair Madeline Auerbach and Commissioners Jesse Choper, Araceli Ruano and Alex Solis also were in attendance.   The audio of this entire Board meeting is available on the […]

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Gorajec: RCI’s New Integrity Compliance Committee ‘Changes Nothing’

Former longtime racing regulator Joe Gorajec, writing in Thoroughbred Racing Commentary, mocks the Association of Racing Commissioners International for creating a new committee, the Integrity Compliance Committee, that will “grade” states on how well they are complying with components of the national uniform medication program. Citing readily available information and a color-coded map on the Racing […]

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