racing medication and testing consortium

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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Combating A Culture Of Cheating: A Matter Of Trust

(First in a two-part series.) Horse racing has a culture of cheating. Its problem is drugs. It’s what the public calls doping. The methods differ, as do the drugs. At one end of the spectrum, horsemen and veterinarians inject horses on race day with a wide variety of drugs or other foreign substances. This practice is […]

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The Jockey Club Calls For Adoption Of New RMTC Out-Of-Competition Testing Rule

It has been called “racing’s latest medication scandal” and that is probably an understatement when one fully considers the consequences to participants who abided by rules and to bettors who assumed that all horses were competing on a level playing field. On Monday, December 19, 2016, the California Horse Racing Board (CHRB) announced that it […]

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Gagliano: Multiple Medication Violation Penalty Changes ‘A Step In The Wrong Direction’

A recently published report about proposed changes to the Multiple Medication Violation (MMV) Penalty System, in which Frank Angst suggests that “an updated MMV would significantly reduce its bite,” drew the following response from The Jockey Club president and CEO James Gagliano on Tuesday: “In the wake of a recently published report about prospective changes […]

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Gagliano: Industry’s Lack Of Acceptance Of Out-Of-Competition Testing ‘Troubling’

The National Uniform Medication Program was introduced by the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium in 2012, which introduced guidelines to regulate and ‘clean up’ racing. The guidelines set forth included those regarding third-party Lasix administration, controlled therapeutic medication administration, lab accreditation, and the introduction of the Multiple Medication Violation Penalty System. In a recent column for Thoroughbred Racing Commentary, James […]

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McCarron Clarifies TCA Dinner Comments: ‘RMTC Does Not Deserve The Blame’

Statement from Chris McCarron, September 30, 2016: “In some remarks I made as the Thoroughbred Club of America’s Honor Guest this past Sunday night in Lexington, I mistakenly insinuated that the Racing Medication & Testing Consortium (RMTC) had made very little progress over the course of the past 15 years. While I continue to be […]

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Coalition For Horse Racing Integrity: In Wake of Vitali Case, ‘We Need Better Regulation’

The Paulick Received the following Letter to the Editor from the Coalition for Horse Racing Integrity, whose members include national and local organizations representing breeders, owners, sale consignors, racetracks and veterinarians  As a group that shares the common belief that the Thoroughbred racing industry is in serious need of medication reform, we would like to […]

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New York Drug Testing Lab Accredited By RMTC

The Horseracing Testing Laboratory Committee of the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) met today and voted to fully accredit the New York Drug Testing Laboratory (NYDTL) pursuant to the RMTC Laboratory Accreditation Program. The NYDTL is the eighth laboratory to become accredited by the RMTC since 2013. NYDTL performs testing for the New York […]

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