Truesdail Laboratories

View From The Eighth Pole: Regulatory Fairness Left At Starting Gate In Minnesota

In her written decision recommending dismissal of any sanctions against the owner and trainer of a horse testing positive for minuscule levels of methamphetamine at Monmouth Park in 2017, Administrative Law Judge Susan M. Scarola said New Jersey Racing Commission steward Stephen Pagano testified in the case that he had never heard of a meth […]

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Lab Contamination? Administrative Law Judge Recommends Meth Positive Be Thrown Out In New Jersey

An administrative law judge has recommended to the New Jersey Racing Commission that it reverse a $1,500 fine against Joe Sharp and a $60,000 purse forfeiture from a horse he trains that tested positive for methamphetamine at Monmouth Park in 2017. In making her ruling, Administrative Law Judge Susan M. Scarola said post-race samples from […]

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Navarro, Sharp Fined For Class 1 Drug Violations; ‘Mitigating Circumstances’ Cited

Trainers Jorge Navarro and Joe Sharp recently were fined but not suspended after horses in their care tested positive for Class 1 drugs at Monmouth Park in New Jersey, suggesting stewards were convinced the presence of the substances was due to contamination of drugs widely abused by humans.. Navarro was fined $2,500 after George Cross […]

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Delaware Commission Upholds Preciado Suspension

By a 5-0 vote, the Delaware Thoroughbred Racing Commission on Wednesday upheld two stewards’ rulings against trainer Ramon Preciado for positive tests for clenbuterol in August and September at Delaware Park. Barbara Hopkins’ Trouble Kid was disqualified from a nine-length starter allowance victory on Aug. 26 after testing positive for the bronchodilator. J A G […]

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RMTC Examining Truesdail Lab After Recent Site Visit

Truesdail Laboratories, which has been the source of controversy since a quality check by the Indiana Horse Racing Commission this summer, is under scrutiny by the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium, according to the Daily Racing Form. The RMTC has sent a report to lab officials outlining concerns about its operations following a site inspection that […]

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Gorajec Dismissal Would Be Assault On Racing’s Integrity

It’s been almost 42 years since the “Saturday Night Massacre” of Oct. 20, 1973, when President Richard Nixon ordered his attorney general to fire Archibald Cox, the special prosecutor investigating the Watergate scandal. In a dramatic turn of events, Attorney General Elliot Richardson resigned rather than execute Nixon’s order and so, too, did Deputy Attorney […]

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West Virginia Plans To Switch Post-Race Testing Away From Truesdail Laboratories

Fallout from the Indiana Horse Racing Commission’s review of Truesdail Laboratories continues as officials in West Virginia voted to switch to a new drug testing provider at the end of next month. The West Virginia Racing Commission’s current contract with Truesdail expires at the end of August, and commissioners approved both a proposal to create […]

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Class 1 Finding From Indiana Audit Raises Questions About Testing Uniformity

When the Indiana Horse Racing Commission completed an audit of Truesdail Laboratories’ post-race testing performance, officials discovered missed overages for several substances, and one of them raised eyebrows a bit higher than the others. “I am surprised to see any Class 1 finding,” said commission executive director Joe Gorajec. “As you know, any drug in this […]

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Updated: ‘Seven Missed Positives’: Indiana Racing Commission Releases Audit Of Truesdail Labs

The Indiana Horse Racing Commission has released its staff report on the audit of its former primary laboratory – Truesdail Laboratory (Tustin, California).  Findings include a total of seven missed positive tests over the twenty-six days in which audit testing was conducted, one of which is for a Class 1 drug – Methylphenidate (Ritalin). The […]

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Mid-Atlantic Commissions Keeping Watchful Eye On Truesdail Testing

In the wake of the Indiana Horse Racing Commission’s announcement that it has terminated its contract with Truesdail Laboratories, the lab’s clients in the mid-Atlantic have been left questioning their use of the facility for post-race testing. According to a report this week by The Racing Biz blog, officials in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, and […]

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