Drug Testing


Study: Topical Allergy Cream Can Produce Systemic Effects in Horses

November 10, 2009

Glucocorticoid cream applied at normal doses onto healthy equine skin will be quickly absorbed into the body"s system and can generate adverse systemic effects, said German researchers in a new study report. As a result, it can also... Read More


Polo Horse Drug Testing to Debut Next Year

November 04, 2009

Random drug tests will begin next year for horses in polo matches in the United States after the deaths of 21 elite horses in Florida that were injected with an incorrectly mixed supplement shortly before a championship match, the United... Read More


Drug Testing, Prosecution Focus of Racing Conference

September 20, 2009

A seminar focused on drug testing and the prosecution of a medication case will be the focus of the Racing Officials Accreditation Program’s second annual Officiating Horse Racing Conference on Dec. 7, 2009, at the University of Arizona Race... Read More


Mule Races Canceled after Multiple Medication Violations

September 18, 2009

Fairplex canceled the first two races of its Sept. 17 card when it was discovered that more than three-quarters of the entries for both mule races had been given medication within 24 hours of the races.

The California Horse Racing Board, th... Read More


LSU Equine Drug Testing Lab Receives Racehorse Contract Extension

September 17, 2009

The Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine’s Equine Medication Surveillance Laboratory (EMSL) has received a three-year extension of its contract with the Louisiana State Racing Commission to provide drug testing of racehorses... Read More


Racehorse Medication Issues Top Jockey Club Round Table

August 24, 2009

Although there are differences of opinion on what should be done next in the area of medication reform, everyone seems to agree there is a continuing problem and something should be done.

The perceptions and realities of drugs used in the... Read More


Extended Suspension Means No Olympics for German Equestrian Ahlmann

August 20, 2009

For Christian Ahlmann, the four-month forbidden substance suspension that morphed into an eight-month suspension has its own "long tail"--in Ahlmann's case, a ban against competing in the 2012 London Olympic Games.

Ahlmann was suspended... Read More


FEI Completes Investigation into German Equestrian Federation

August 19, 2009

The Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) isn't yet revealing its findings, but on August 14 it announced the completion of its investigation into doping allegations involving riders and officials of the German Equestrian Federation (German... Read More


Racehorse Drug Penalties Stiffened at Breeders' Cup

August 11, 2009

Breeders' Cup has added to its medication and testing policy and increased penalties for violators for 2009.

Trainers whose horses test positive for anabolic steroids, which were banned last year, or Class 1 or Class 2 drugs will be banned... Read More


NY May Demand Horses' Complete Vet Records

August 08, 2009

State racing regulators in New York, seeking additional and timely information about medications given to racehorses, are eyeing a major crackdown on recordkeeping practices of Thoroughbred owners and trainers.

In what one official... Read More


Dr. Thomas Tobin Receives National Industry Service Award

July 14, 2009

University of Kentucky Gluck Equine Research Center's Thomas Tobin, MRCVS, PhD, Dipl. ABT, was named co-recipient of the National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association (HBPA) 2008 Industry Service Award at its annual meeting July 3 in... Read More


Racehorse Drug Test National Lab Standards Set

July 06, 2009

New national laboratory standards for racehorse drug and medication testing, the implementation of a laboratory accreditation program, and a new independent Equine Quality Assurance Program have been established by the Racing Medication and... Read More


Trainer Suspended, Fined for Clenbuterol

July 05, 2009

Trainer Peter Eurton will serve five days of a 30-day suspension handed down by Hollywood Park stewards and pay a $3,000 fine after one of the horses in his care was found to have tested positive for clenbuterol following a race on May... Read More


Racehorse Medication Policies to be Focus of Jockey Club Speech

June 30, 2009

The need for international harmonization of racehorse medication rules will be the topic of the keynote address at The Jockey Club's 57th annual Round Table Conference on Matters Pertaining to Racing. Louis Romanet, chairman of the International... Read More


Medication Threshold Review, AAEP 2008

June 23, 2009

At the 2008 American Association of Equine Practitioners convention, Keith Soring, DVM, presented material regarding withdrawal times and therapeutic thresholds of medications in horses. A threshold is a defined concentration of a "regulatory analyte... Read More


Widespread Drug Contamination Found at Racetracks

June 22, 2009

Since racetrack environments contain residues of multiple drugs that can be detected by standard testing procedures, environmental drug contamination as an explanation for positive drug tests in racehorses needs to be considered like it currentl... Read More


Horse Doping Case in FEI President's Family

June 20, 2009

The International Equestrian Federation (FEI) is investigating a second member of its president's family for alleged horse doping.

The governing body said Friday that Princess Haya of Jordan will step aside from her presidential duties... Read More


German Equestrian Teams Go Kaput in Wake of Drug and Med Scandals

June 10, 2009

Want to become a member of the German jumping, eventing, or dressage team? Even if you have a medal on your mantelpiece, you'll have to reapply for consideration by the German Olympic Sports Federation.

That's because, as of May 28, there... Read More


It's a Bird Positive After Oaklawn Handicap

May 28, 2009

It's a Bird, winner of the Lone Star Handicap (gr. III) on Memorial Day, could lose the purse from his April 4 victory in the Oaklawn Handicap (gr. II) as the result of a positive test for the prohibited substance naproxen, an anti-inflammatory... Read More


Pennsylvania Racing to Regulate Corticosteroids

May 07, 2009

The Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission has adopted a policy whereby administration of corticosteroids in horses must be stopped seven days prior race day.

The regulation takes effect June 1, according to a policy directive signed May 4.... Read More


Anabolic Steroid Testing in a Racing Environment

May 03, 2009

While steroid enhancement of performance is debatable, the public has the perception that it might affect performance in horses. In evidence-based analysis on purported effects of anabolic steroids, there are no documented studies that correspond to ... Read More


Equine Joint Health Management Program Launched

May 02, 2009

Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica Inc. (BIVI) has announced the formation of the equine Joint Health Management (JHM) program, an education program for veterinarians and horse owners designed to prevent and treat equine joint... Read More


Polo Association to Develop Prohibited Substance Policy

April 30, 2009

During its semi-annual Board of Governors meeting April 25, the United States Polo Association (USPA) voted to establish a committee to examine existing and additional safeguards for polo horses, including developing a prohibited substance... Read More


Steroid Test Identifies Hermaphroditic Filly

April 24, 2009

Year-and-a-half-old testing for anabolic steroids in racehorses produced some unusual results--including the discovery of a Standardbred filly that's actually a male.

In Pennsylvania, tests showed a high elevation of testosterone in Arizona... Read More


Sheik Voids Race Results After Endurance Horse Tests Positive

April 08, 2009

The ruler of Dubai is being investigated by equestrian authorities after a horse he owns and rides failed drug tests after two races.

Sheik Mohammed said he was unaware of the drugs but accepts full responsibility. The drug use came to ligh... Read More