racing medication reform

Gorajec: Will It Be The End For Racing If Pennsylvania Doesn’t ‘Clean Up Its Act’?

In his latest column for Thoroughbred Racing Commentary, Joe Gorajec discusses the racing industry in Pennsylvania, which has been riddled with corruption for years. In his article, Gorajec ponders what will happen if the industry “doesn’t clean up its act”? What could the possible punishment(s) be…or, should racing be shutdown altogether? Read more at Thoroughbred Racing Commentary

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Three Chimneys Presents Good News Friday: A State of Cooperation

The racing industry isn’t exactly known for having an atmosphere of cooperation. The conflicts within the sport stack up fast after a quick glance at the headlines. Change is on the horizon in at least one area, though—drug regulation. Officials are coming together around the Mid-Atlantic Uniform Medication Program, an initiative promoted by the Racing […]

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Jockeys’ Guild in favor of medication reform

The membership of the Jockeys’ Guild voted to support tightening of race day medication rules and penalties during its annual Assembly in Hollywood, Florida. Members passed a resolution supporting The Jockey Club’s Reformed Racing Medication Rules including a two category medication system, progressive points style penalties and reciprocity among jurisdictions. That resolution also includes the […]

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Supporters of new medication rules say uniform adoption is imminent

Officials believe the long-fought battle to develop uniform medication rules may be coming to an end, says Ed Martin, president of the Association of Racing Commissioners International. The group, which plans to distribute guidelines to individual states by the end of the month, hopes that the recent trend of negative press with regard to drug […]

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Angst: Medication reform takes major step

Many leaders in the racing industry believe “sweeping medication reform could become a reality” early next year, according to Frank Angst of the Blood-Horse. The Association of Racing Commissioners International Model Rules Committee met earlier this month and adopted medication reforms that aimed for ‘simplicity and uniformity’. According to the article, the new rules are […]

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What’s missing in the racing medication debate?

If the medication issue in horse racing were easy, it would have been resolved a long time ago. It isn’t easy, however, largely because we don’t have consensus on what direction to take, even within the same constituency groups. Example: Veterinarians, including some very well known and respected equine practitioners, can’t agree on whether certain […]

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Mitchell: Early results of Salix-free experiment encouraging

In July, a coalition of more than 60 Thoroughbred owners pledged to run their 2-year-olds without the use of furosemide (Salix/Lasix) on race-day. In a follow-up report by the Blood-Horse, Eric Mitchell interviewed several trainers to see whether or not they have noticed any difference in their horses’ performances since they have stopped using furosemide. […]

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Breeders’ Cup: Officials pushing for race-day ban on medication

Breeders’ Cup officials revealed that a major factor in Santa Anita being chosen to host the event in 2013 was their willingness to host a Lasix-free event, according to a report in the Racing Post. According to the article, of the tracks that were in the running for the 2013 event, only Santa Anita was […]

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Jockey Club President: Reformed racing medication rules would enhance integrity of sport

“There’s no legitimate use for dermorphin in racing. This drug in horses is an abuse of the horse. This puts the horse’s life in danger. It puts the jockey’s life in danger. This is an attempt to cheat. This is bad stuff. This is doping.” That is how Charles Gardiner, the executive director of the Louisiana […]

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