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Gural, WEG Implement New Drug Regulations Aimed At Owner Responsibility

In 2018, new regulations in place at three Jeff Gural-owned Standardbred tracks and two WEG ovals will mean that any owner whose horse has a positive test will be banned from participating in stakes races for the entire year. According to harnessracingupdate.com, the Standardbred Racing Integrity and Accountability Initiative (SRIAI) is designed to inspire owners to […]

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What’s The Deal With TCO2, Anyway?

An announcement from the Arkansas State Racing Commission in early March that it would begin randomly testing Oaklawn Park runners for elevated TCO2 was widely lauded as another step toward improved integrity in the state. The commission adopted a TCO2 threshold in February which brought its rules for allowable levels in line with national standards. […]

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Milkshake Testing Latest Step Forward For Integrity At Oaklawn Park

The Arkansas State Racing Commission on Thursday began random testing for total carbon dioxide (TCO2) levels in horses competing at Oaklawn Park. The move, widely supported by horsemen who seek a level playing field among their peers, adds to integrity measures taken earlier this year at the Hot Springs, Ark., racetrack, including out-of-competition testing for […]

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Australian Trainer Riley Banned Three Years For TCO2 Level

Australian trainer Mark Riley has been banned for three years following a high TCO2 test on his runner, Gold For Kev. Officials say Riley has one week to arrange for the transfer of his horses from his Mornington barn, as the ban takes place immediately. Riley trains Grade 1 Blue Diamond Stakes contender Of The […]

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Breeders’ Cup: Commitment to Fair Competition

As a racing fan, I look forward to the Breeders’ Cup with great anticipation each year. And there are several reasons for that. I get to see some of the world’s best horses, trainers and jockeys competing. There are full fields in every race. There is the mystique of international competition and, yes, even the […]

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Faulty Testing Leads Texas to Drop Broberg TCO2 Case

The Texas Racing Commission has dismissed its case against Karl Broberg, currently the second leading trainer in the U.S. by wins, for an alleged TCO2 violation at Sam Houston Race Park Jan. 26. A second TCO2 complaint against an unnamed trainer whose horse tested above the 37.0 limit that same night has also been dismissed, […]

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Ness Fined for TCO2 Overage at Tampa: ‘It’s Taking the Fun Out of It’

Tampa Bay Downs leading trainer Jamie Ness has been fined $2,000 and horses from his stable entered for the next 30 days at the Tampa-area track are required to be under 24-hour pre-race security watch after the Ness runner Awesome Mich tested over the 37.0 total carbon dioxide threshold on March 17. Awesome Mich finished […]

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O’Neill Hearing: ‘TCO2 Levels Were Manipulated’

What exactly is a TCO2 “trifecta”? Steffan Imhoff, the California Horse Racing Board hearing officer who conducted the hearing on the August 2010 TCO2 complaint (commonly called a milkshake) against trainer Doug O’Neill, defines it this way: of the 63 horses that raced at Del Mar on Aug. 25, 2010, the three highest TCO2 test […]

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O’Neill: 45-day ban, $15K fine in TCO2 case despite hearing officer opinion horse not ‘milkshaked’

The California Horse Racing Board met in closed session Thursday to consider the recommended decision of the Hearing Officer in the case involving Doug O’Neill, the trainer of Argenta, a filly that finished eighth in the sixth race at Del Mar on August 25, 2010. The Maddy Laboratory at UC Davis reported that a sample […]

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Waldrop: Penn National incident ‘unacceptable’

In the wake of an incident involving a horse that was mortally injured and lay in distress on the Penn National racing surface for an hour or more last Sunday before a veterinarian arrived, Alex Waldrop, president and CEO of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, has thrown down the gauntlet and challenged the Grantville, Pa., […]

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