Gorajec: Open Letter To The Good People In Quarter Horse Racing Industry

Do you remember the 2012 TheNew York Times(NYT) exposé on horse racing titled, “BREAKDOWN, Death and disarray at America’s racetracks?” The lead photo accompanying the story was the dead carcass of a racehorse. The text beneath photo read as follows: “A 2-year-old quarter horse named Teller All Gone broke a front leg in a race on […]

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Los Alamitos Owner Urges AQHA To Adopt Hair Testing ‘To Save The Sport We All Love’

Dr. Edward Allred, owner of Los Alamitos, has written an open letter to Quarter horse owners, trainers and nominators to races at his Orange County, Calif., racetrack about the hair follicle testing program he has implemented for some high-profile races to stop abuse of performance enhancing drugs like clenbuterol, albuterol and zilpaterol, including off-label varieties. In […]

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New Mexico: Drug Reform in Racing Hampered by Delays

In August, 2011, one of trainer Paul C. Jones’ runners tested positive for Zilpaterol after winning a race at Ruidoso Downs. The drug, which is used to build muscle in beef cattle, is banned in horse racing. Jones, a successful quarter horse trainer, was fined $1,500, suspended for 60 days, and was ordered to return […]

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Zilpaterol: ‘Affects Horses Much Like Methamphetamine Affects Humans’

The drug Zilpaterol made headlines in the racing industry on a few occasions in 2013, and none of them were for good reasons. The drug, which has been approved by the Federal Drug Administration for use in cattle heading to slaughter, increases muscle and body fat in livestock. Banned for use in horses, Zilpaterol has […]

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California Justice: 30 Days for Class 1 Violation?

Seventeen months after the horse Red Dwarf won a maiden claiming race at Golden Gate Fields in California with the prohibited drug zilpaterol in his system, his trainer, Genaro O. Vallejo, has been suspended 30 days and fined $3,000. At the time of the violation, Zilpaterol was classified by the California Horse Racing Board as […]

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Hong Kong Jockey Club Moving Forward After Zilpaterol Tests

Officials from the Hong Kong Jockey Club say that all 117 horses declared for the upcoming meeting at Sha Tin have tested clear of zilpaterol after being taken off feeds known to contain the prohibited substance. Addtionally, a number of other runners were tested at random as a control group, and were clear. Normal testing […]

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Hong Kong: Half of Horse Population Affected by Contaminated Feed

Officials with the Hong Kong Jockey Club are concerned that at least half of the horses racing in the region have been affected by feed contaminated with zilpaterol. So far, 17 horses have tested positive for the banned substance, which is used to promote muscle mass in livestock. According to a report in the South […]

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Hong Kong: 17 Horses Test Positive for Banned Zilpaterol

Three trainers based in Hong Kong have had 17 horses test positive for the banned drug zilpaterol, a substance used to promote muscle growth in livestock. According to a report by Channel News Asia, the Hong Kong Jockey Club indicated that 12 of the horses were trained by Ricky Yiu. The South China Morning Post […]

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CHRB Dismisses Positives Related to Contaminated Feed

The California Horse Racing Board, citing feed contamination, has dismissed 48 positive tests for zilpaterol, which is used in cattle to promote weight gain. The feed contamination appears to have taken place in mid-February, and the first positive test for zilpaterol occurred from a race run on March 1. The CHRB has ruled that any […]

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