Drug Testing

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Physiologic Java Jolt Supports Illegal Status of Caffeine

December 14, 2008

Not only does caffeine offer a "pick-me-up" to a large chunk of North America's population, but it has once again been confirmed as a performance-enhancing drug in horses.

In the study, "Effects of intravenous... Read More

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Veterinarian in Cobra Venom Case Could Resume Practicing Soon

December 09, 2008

Rodney Stewart, the veterinarian who has been suspended for five years after cobra venom and other medications belonging to him were discovered in a trainer's barn at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Ky., June 22, 2007, could resume... Read More

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Veterinarian States His Case Against Cobra Venom Charges

December 04, 2008

Suspended equine veterinarian Rodney Stewart testified Dec. 3 that he was unaware that a soft-sided cooler he left in a refrigerator in a barn at Keeneland contained the prohibited substance cobra toxin.

Also, during a daylong hearing of... Read More

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Louisiana to Adopt Racehorse Steroids Rule

December 04, 2008

Using emergency regulations, the Louisiana Racing Commission has banned the use of anabolic steroids in racehorses effective Jan. 1, 2009.

Racing commission executive director Charlie Gardiner said the regulations were adopted Dec. 2 via... Read More

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Veterinarian to Appeal Suspension in Cobra Venom Case

December 03, 2008

The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission has scheduled a Dec. 3 hearing to consider the appeal of Dr. Rodney Stewart, who was suspended five years in September 2007 for multiple violations of the state's medication regulations.

Stewart's appeal... Read More

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FEI Classifies Capsaicin as Doping, Not Medication

November 29, 2008

If the drug capsaicin is found in any future samples from equine atheletes in International Equestrian Federation (FEI)-sanctioned events, the results will be treated as doping, not medication, according to veterinary committee chairman John... Read More

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FEI Veterinary Committee Reports on Activities

November 24, 2008

The Veterinary Committee of the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) presented a report on its activities at the organization's general assembly, held Nov. 17-21, in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Highlights of the report:

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FEI Forms Commission on Medication and Doping

November 20, 2008

The Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI), the governing body of international equestrian sport, today announced the creation of a commission on medication and doping chaired by Arne Ljungqvist, MD, PhD, chairman of the International Olympic... Read More

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Second Hearing Held in Norwegian Rider's Olympic Case

November 14, 2008

A second hearing in the prohibited substance case involving the horse Camiro, ridden at the 2008 Olympic Games by Tony Andre Hansen of Norway, took place Nov. 8.

The panel of the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) Tribunal hear... Read More

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Sales Integrity Program Report: 163 Steroid Tests Requested

November 08, 2008

From the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association

The Sales Integrity Program managed by the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association... Read More

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No Breeders' Cup Positives for Steroids, EPO, TCO2

November 08, 2008

None of the horses that participated in this year's Breeders' Cup World Championships Oct. 24-25 at Santa Anita tested positive for steroids, blood-doping agents or TCO2 (bicarbonate), according to Pam Blatz-Murff, senior vice... Read More

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Two Harness Vets Suspended, Fined

October 24, 2008

Veterinarians Rick Rothfuss and Rick Mather of Columbus, Ohio, each have been fined $10,000 and have drawn six-month suspensions as a result of an initial investigation at The Red Mile trotting track in Lexington, Ky.

Richard Williams,... Read More

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Irish Equestrian Disqualified from Olympics for Medication Positive

October 17, 2008

The panel of the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) Tribunal has rendered its final decision in the prohibited substance case involving the horse Lantinus 3 ridden by Denis Lynch of Ireland at the 2008 Olympic Games.

Lynch was... Read More

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New York Bans Racehorse Steroids

October 15, 2008

New York is joining other states in cracking down on steroid use in horse racing, state regulators announced Oct. 14.

"For the sake of the betting public, we want to do everything in our power to ensure that racing runs on a level playing... Read More

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Tribunal Reaches Decision in Alves Olympic Medication Case

October 10, 2008

The panel of the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) Tribunal has rendered its final decision in the prohibited substance case involving the horse Chupa Chup ridden by Bernardo Alves of Brazil at the 2008 Olympic Games.

Alves has been... Read More

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Case Decision: Pessoa Disqualified from 2008 Olympics

October 03, 2008

The panel of the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) Tribunal has rendered its final decision in the prohibited substance case involving the horse Rufus ridden by Rodrigo Pessoa of Brazil at the 2008 Olympic Games.

Pessoa and Rufus... Read More

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Update on Status of Olympic Substance Test Hearings

October 01, 2008

The hearings for the six riders suspended for positive substance tests at the 2008 Olympic Games have begun, but the Tribunal of the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) has not yet reached a decision in five of the cases.... Read More

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Australia's Newest Flu Scare Over

September 28, 2008

Tests on 74 horses have come back negative after a horse had a "weak positive test" for equine infuenza.... Read More

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Penn Vet World Leadership Award Nomination Deadline Dec. 1

September 25, 2008

The University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine has announced a deadline of Monday, Dec. 1, for nominations for its prestigious World Leadership in Animal Health Award.

The unrestricted award of $100,000 is given annually to a... Read More

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Rider, U.S. Olympic Dressage Team Disqualified

September 22, 2008

Today the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) Tribunal has issued its decision in the positive medication case involving the horse Mythilus ridden by Courtney King-Dye, and representing the U.S. Dressage Team at the 2008 Olympic Games in... Read More

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Jones Appeals Clenbuterol Suspension

September 20, 2008

Thoroughbred trainer Larry Jones has appealed a seven-day suspension and $500 fine levied by the stewards at Delaware Park in connection with the highly-publicized case in which the horse Stones River tested positive for the prohibited substance... Read More

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Maryland Bans Racehorse Steroids

September 17, 2008

The Maryland Racing Commission has approved a ban on anabolic steroids for racehorses, following the lead of other racing states including Kentucky, Delaware, Pennsylvania and Virginia.

The issue of steroids in horse racing saw increased... Read More

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Equine Drug Testing Center Sought For NMSU

September 13, 2008

Funding is being sought by horse racing officials to start an equine drug testing laboratory at New Mexico State University.

They've been lobbying state legislators, but NMSU officials say they're concerned about the cost of operating... Read More

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Keeneland Yearling Buyers Utilize Steroid Tests

September 11, 2008

During the first two sessions of the 2008 Keeneland September yearling sale the Central Kentucky auction company reported 20 requests for testing for exogenous anabolic steroids.

There were six requests during the opening session Sept. 8 an... Read More

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FEI Holds First Hearings on Olympic Substance Test Results

September 08, 2008

Hearings before the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) took place in Lausanne, Switzerland, this weekend in the Olympic cases of Bernardo Alves of Brazil and the horse Chupa Chup; Denis Lynch of Ireland and the horse Lantinus; and Courtney... Read More