Truesdail Lab Sees RMTC Accreditation Suspended

Truesdail Laboratories, which tests blood and urine samples from racehorses in multiple jurisdictions, has had its accreditation from the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) suspended, the organization confirmed last week. According to documentation available on its website, the lab’s accreditation from the International Organization for Standardization recently changed and no longer includes accreditation requirements […]

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‘Protecting Racehorse Bone Health’: RMTC Approves Bisphosphonates Research Study

At its February 24 meeting at Gulfstream Park Racetrack in Hallandale Beach, Florida, the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) board approved the funding of a study on bisphosphonates through its Tactical Research Grant Program. The research will be conducted at Cornell University under the direction of Dr. Heidi Reesink. “This study is an important […]

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Chrome, Zenyatta, Tapit And More: RMTC To Auction Popular Horse Halters For Tactical Research Program

Beginning at 1 p.m. ET on December 2 and running for one week, the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC), an industry 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, will auction off halters of history-making racehorses, stallions and broodmares on its eBay page. All proceeds from this auction go to the RMTC’s Tactical Research Program, which funds studies focused on the […]

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U.S. Trotting Association Officials: ‘RMTC Does Not Represent The Standardbred Breed In Any Way’

In an announcement from the Racing Medication & Testing Consortium on Wednesday, Nov. 20, regarding NSAID administration time and intra-articular injections, that organization inaccurately portrayed their relationship with the U.S. Trotting Association when they stated that, “The RMTC consists of 23 racing industry stakeholders and organizations that represent Thoroughbred, Standardbred, American Quarter Horse and Arabian […]

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CHRB: No Prohibited Substances Found In Breeders’ Cup Drug Tests

All samples collected from 2019 Breeders’ Cup horses have been cleared by the Kenneth L. Maddy Equine Analytical Chemistry Laboratory at the University of California, Davis, the California Horse Racing Board announced on the evening of Nov. 6. All horses competing in Breeders’ Cup races Nov. 1 and Nov. 2 at Santa Anita Park underwent […]

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Ohio Racing Commission Adopts Therapeutic Medication Thresholds

The Ohio State Racing Commission adopted therapeutic medication thresholds at its September 23 meeting. The thresholds become effective January 1, 2020. The resolution was presented by Commissioner Beth Hansen, chairperson of the Commission’s Medication Committee. The Medication Committee met on three previous occasions to review and discuss existing Commission therapeutic medication thresholds, the Racing Medication […]

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Scopolamine: More Information About The Drug In Justify’s Post-Race Test

The following informational bulletin was released by the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium after news broke late Sept. 11 that 2018 Triple Crown winner Justify tested positive for scopolamine after the Santa Anita Derby.  Scopolamine (also known as hyoscine) is conventionally used in human medicine for the prevention of motion sickness. It is available by […]

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RMTC Approves Model Rules For Bisphosphonates Regulation

At its August 19 meeting at Del Mar Turf Club in Del Mar, California, the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) board approved a model rule for the regulation of bisphosphonates as well as further regulations and stacking prohibitions for non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and intra-articular (IA) injections. The proposed Model Rule for the regulation […]

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Ed Martin On RCI: ‘We Strive To Do What Is Right, By The Horse, By The Public, By The Sport’

Editor’s note: The following was submitted by Ed Martin, president and CEO of the Association of Racing Commissioners International (RCI), in response to a commentary by former regulator Joe Gorajec concerning a decision made last month by the California Horse Racing Board (CHRB) to withdraw its membership in the RCI. I think it helpful to […]

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