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Paulick Report 6/22 News Minute Presented By Woodbine Racetrack

Here’s the fastest way to catch up on what’s happening today in the Thoroughbred racing industry. In the Friday edition of the Paulick Report News Minute, Scott Jagow takes us to Capitol Hill for a hearing on the Horseracing Integrity Act. Plus, the latest from Royal Ascot and a milestone for the Foal Patrol. Watch […]

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On Capitol Hill: Backers, Opponents Debate Horseracing Integrity Act

Change vs the status quo. That was the theme of Friday’s debate at a hearing on Capitol Hill about the Horseracing Integrity Act. The bill would, among other things, ban the use of Lasix on race day and put drug testing and medication oversight in the hands of the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA). Whether […]

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RMTC Board Approves Interim Accreditation Of Illinois Lab, Issues Testing Recommendations

The RMTC board granted Interim Accreditation to the University of Illinois at Chicago Analytical Forensic Testing Laboratory at its February 6 meeting at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale, Fla. The laboratory is on track to become the ninth to receive full RMTC Laboratory Accreditation since 2013. The University of Illinois-Chicago laboratory performs testing of Thoroughbred and […]

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RCI Chairman Takes Hypocritical Stance On Federal Racing Bills

Mark Lamberth, a member of the Arkansas Racing Commission and chairman of the Association of Racing Commissioners International, turned the dial on the BS Meter all the way up on Tuesday in a press release on RCI letterhead stating: “Entire Arkansas Horse Racing Industry Opposes Federal Bills.” Among other things, Lamberth said any initiative to […]

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Jockey Club, Breeders’ Cup Form Coalition To Back Federal Anti-Doping Bill

A diverse group of horse racing and animal welfare organizations today announced the launch of a coalition to support uniform medication standards for Thoroughbred racing and the formal introduction of proposed bipartisan legislation that would grant independent authority over rule‑making, testing and enforcement oversight to an entity created by the U.S. Anti‑Doping Agency (USADA). The […]

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‘Much At Stake’: Congressman To Introduce Anti-Doping Act For Horse Racing

Congressman Paul Tonko (D-NY), who serves as co-chair of the bipartisan Congressional Horse Caucus and represents New York’s 20th Congressional District, today announced plans to introduce the Thoroughbred Horse Racing Anti-Doping Act of 2015 to establish uniform standards for drugs and medication in the American Thoroughbred industry. “While the nation’s sporting spotlight will be on American Pharoah and […]

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New York’s Drug Testing Program Has Its Own ‘Style’

“It just doesn’t pass the smell test.” Attorney Drew Mollica repeated the phrase, utterly mystified a few days after his client, Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott, was handed a fine and suspension for overages of both flunixin and furosemide in Saratoga Snacks from a Sept. 20 race at Belmont Park. Mott was told the […]

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New York Horsemen’s Election: ‘Truthiness’ and the Truth

When it comes to the ongoing election for president of the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association, there is “truth” and there is “truthiness.” The truthiness of the election, the agenda pushed by allies of current NYTHA president Rick Violette, is that the only issue that matters is Lasix, the race-day medication used to treat exercise-induced […]

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Report on Drug Testing Should Be Sobering Wake Up Call

“Unacceptable.” That’s how James Gagliano, president and chief operating officer of The Jockey Club, described the status quo for drug testing in American horse racing. Gagliano and others from The Jockey Club, along with a handful of reporters, had just been given a briefing on a report called “Raising the Standard of Testing and Enforcement,” […]

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Rocky Transition for New Drug Rules in West Virginia

West Virginia horseracing’s transition to new medication rules has not gone smoothly. Since the so-called Mid-Atlantic Uniform Medication and Testing Program went into effect on July 9, dozens of post-race urine samples from Charles Town and Mountaineer Park have tested positive for a variety of therapeutic medications, many of them corticosteroids, according to sources. Complicating […]

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