November 03, 2006
As Churchill Downs prepares to host the Breeders' Cup World Championships, Kentucky regulators are examining the state's drug-testing policies and procedures. Upgrades, however, may hinge on state funding.
For the Nov. 4 Breeders' Cup, a full... Read More
October 28, 2006
The California Horse Racing Board (CHRB) has filed an accusation against Thoroughbred racehorse trainer Gregory Vartanian for several rule violations after a horse in his care tested positive for the Class 1 prohibited substance methamphetamine... Read More
October 10, 2006
The Kentucky Equine Drug Research Council has allotted $1.5 million over three years to partner with the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium on a research project to determine withdrawal guidelines and threshold levels of therapeutic... Read More
October 08, 2006
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a final guidance on quality systems, a set of formalized practices and procedures to ensure quality of human and veterinary drugs and human biological drug products during manufacturing. This... Read More
October 01, 2006
Of the medications available in the arsenal of anti-inflammatory therapies, there is one type that has caused ... Read More
October 01, 2006
Is post-event drug testing becoming too sensitive, netting too many innocent violators? Are drug withdrawal guidelines for therapeutic medications too unreliable to be useful? Or are policies and tests being fine-tuned in a sensible manner in order... Read More
September 29, 2006
The California Horse Racing Board (CHRB) has filed a complaint against trainer Jeff Mullins for multiple rule violations after a horse in his care, Robs Coin, tested positive for mepivacaine in the post-race urine sample.
Robs Coin... Read More
September 27, 2006
Researchers found that a performance-enhancing drug caused unpredictable, severe, and possibly life-threatening effects on horses. In a study completed at the University of Guelph's Ontario Veterinary College, researchers examined abnormal... Read More
September 25, 2006
Rick Arthur, DVM, the new equine medical director of the California Horse Racing Board, told a meeting of state horse breeders Sept. 22 that he plans to hold veterinarians accountable when trainers they advise are found in violation of horse... Read More
September 08, 2006
Kentucky has performed random testing for blood-doping antibodies in racehorses of all breeds for more than a year, but now it's testing for the actual proteins, a process that could put more teeth in penalties.
The Kentucky Horse Racing... Read More
September 07, 2006
A subcommittee of the Kentucky Equine Drug Research Council has recommended going forward with two studies--one that could lead to establishment of withdrawal times or threshold levels for therapeutic medications and one analyzing the medication... Read More
August 27, 2006
The veterinarian treating sprint champion Lost in the Fog for cancerous tumors said Friday that the colt has "a reasonable chance" of reducing them to a size that's conducive for chemotherapy or surgery.
Dr. Gary Magdesian, chief of... Read More
August 22, 2006
A survey of buyers of Thoroughbred weanlings, yearlings, and 2-year-olds discovered that surgeries to correct conformation defects have a significant influence on whether or not someone will buy a horse at public auction.
In fact, 28.4%... Read More
August 18, 2006
In a lawsuit that is believed to be unprecedented, the owner of a horse disqualified for a drug positive is suing his trainer for the redistributed purse money.
Los Angeles-based attorney Alan Klein, whose Ellenay Racing owned Dyna Da... Read More
August 10, 2006
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A Pennsylvania laboratory is the first to employ a definitive test for erythropoietin--the blood-doping agent commonly known as EPO--and the test resulted in the suspension and fining of a trainer of... Read More
August 01, 2006
The board of directors of the National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association has sent Sheikh Mohammed, the ruler of Dubai, and Sheikh Mansour, chairman of the Emirates Racing Association, an... Read More
July 18, 2006
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July 17, 2006
California will soon release the results of a study that will reflect trends in connection with blood samples taken from about 6,000 racehorses for the purpose of "milkshake" --or TCO2 testing-- last year.
California takes blood from all... Read More
June 29, 2006
During its meeting on Tuesday, June 27, the Board of Directors of the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) finalized a two-part plan to establish model policies for withdrawal times for... Read More
June 27, 2006
A three-member appeals panel of the Emirates Racing Authority has upheld the disqualification of Thoroughbred Brass Hat from his second-place finish in this year's Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) and the $5,400 fine imposed on trainer Buff Bradley.... Read More
June 26, 2006
Steve Asmussen, North America's leading trainer in 2004 and 2005, is facing a six month suspension for a medication infraction involving the Class 2 drug mepivicaine, a local anesthetic.
According to the Louisiana Racing Commission,... Read More
June 08, 2006
Out-of-competition testing of racehorses can be problematic, but some jurisdictions are making headway to combat use of performance-enhancing substances that aren't administered on race day.
The Ontario Racing Commission, under a new... Read More
May 03, 2006
Brass Hat, who ran second in the March 25 Dubai World Cup (UAE-I), has been disqualified because a post-race test revealed trace amounts of the drug methyl prednisolone acetate.
After a two-day hearing via... Read More
May 01, 2006
The AAEP organized the Racing Medication Summit in December 2001 during the University of Arizona Racing Symposium in Tucson. By the end of the day, there was recognition by the participants that an opportunity existed to address the ongoing... Read More
April 20, 2006
The Kentucky Equine Drug Research Council has recommended horsemen discontinue the use of naproxen at least five days before a horse is scheduled to run to avoid facing a penalty if the horse tests positive for the drug on race... Read More
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