Drug Testing


Positive Drug Tests at 2004 Olympics

October 25, 2004

Four horses that competed in the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece, have tested positive for banned substances, including a gold medal winner. The four positive horses are showjumping gold medal winner Waterford Crystal, ridden by Cian... Read More


Kentucky Panel Adopts Policy on Horse Identification

October 19, 2004

Horses racing in Kentucky will now be identified the morning of their respective races and before leaving the paddock following a directive from Jim Gallagher, executive director of the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority (KHRA).

Gallagher,... Read More


Gold Medal Horse Tests Positive for Drugs

October 11, 2004

Four horses that competed in the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece--including one gold medalist--have tested positive for banned substances. The four positive horses are Irish show jumping gold medal winner Waterford Crystal, ridden by Cian... Read More


USEF Statement Regarding Positive Drug Tests at the 2004 Olympic Games

October 08, 2004

The Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI), the international governing body for equestrian sport, announced that four horses tested positive during the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. None of the four horses represented the... Read More


EPO Testing Making a Difference at the Track

October 04, 2004

One of the most potentially damaging drugs to hit the racetrack in recent years is erythropoietin, or EPO. A synthetic version of a naturally-occurring hormone which stimulates the bone marrow to make more red blood cells, EPO was designed to... Read More


BET Pharm Kentucky Raided by FDA; Drugs Seized

October 01, 2004

At the request of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky issued a seizure warrant on Aug. 11 for what it called various illegally compounded drug products for use in horses found at... Read More


California Horse Racing Board Proposes Ban on Milkshakes

September 17, 2004

Use of alkalizing agents--so-called "milkshakes"--on horses would be illegal under a new regulation proposed Sept. 15 to the California Horse Racing Board.

Ron Jensen, DVM, MS, the CHRB's director of equine medicine, told the board... Read More


Racing Drug Panel Moves Forward with Per-Start Fee for Owners

September 15, 2004

Lab accreditation, quality assurance to get close look

Racehorse owners would contribute about $4.5 million a year to support research projects under a recommendation by the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium, which... Read More


Full Implementation of Drug Testing Delayed

July 21, 2004

The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association has delayed implementation of its drug-testing protocol for graded stakes in the United States because not all jurisdictions were prepared to implement it, the American Graded Stakes Committee sai... Read More


Lobbying for Proposed National Drug Policy Continues

July 02, 2004

Three months after national regulators' associations approved model rules for a proposed national medication policy, the task of lobbying jurisdictions to adopt them continues.

The Association of Racing Commissioners International and th... Read More


New Topical Osteoarthritis Treatment Available

June 02, 2004

The FDA recently approved a new non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) that can be applied to the skin over a horse's joint to relieve pain of osteoarthritis. The approval represents the first topical equine pharmaceutical formulation... Read More


Governing Equine Competition

May 01, 2004

As the National Governing Body for equestrian sport, the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF, formerly U.S.A. Equestrian) takes seriously the importance of providing a fair and level playing field for all competitors. This mission is a... Read More


Arkansas, Illinois Clamping Down on Equine Milkshakes

May 01, 2004

Arkansas and Illinois have altered their medication policies to, among other things, provide harsher penalties for trainers if a horse in their care tests positive for a milkshake (a sodium bicarbonate mixture administered via stomach tube,... Read More


Banamine Returns to the Market

April 23, 2004

Schering-Plough Animal Health has announced that Banamine Injectable Solution, a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) drug for horses, is available again to treat inflammation and pain associated with musculoskeletal disorders and colic.... Read More


Educational Event after Rolex Thursday April 22

April 21, 2004

Spectators at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event in Lexington and area horse owners will have the opportunity to hear about some of the latest veterinary technologies for the sport horse from top veterinarians on April 22 after the first day of... Read More


Million Dollar Jury Award in Equitrol Lawsuit; Farnam Plans Appeal

April 14, 2004

(Updated Story) A jury awarded $1,007,500 to plaintiffs who alleged in a lawsuit that Farnam's Equitrol, a feed-through fly control product, was defectively designed and caused harm to their Thoroughbred and Warmblood sport horses.... Read More


Equine Drug Research Program Suspended

April 13, 2004

The University of Kentucky's (UK) equine drug research program, funded by pari-mutuel handle under the auspices of the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority, has been suspended indefinitely.

A memorandum obtained by The... Read More


Proposed National Drug Policy Takes Another Step Forward

April 10, 2004

Voluntary Salix use, 24-hour rule on non-steroidals sought

Officials gathered in New Orleans for the first Joint Conference of Racing Regulators approved model rules for a national medication policy. It... Read More


California Latest State to Focus on Equine "Milkshakes"

March 23, 2004

Random pre-race testing for "milkshakes"--the loading of bicarbonates through a stomach tube to reduce fatigue-causing buildup of lactic acid--began at Santa Anita Park in late February, but the California Horse Racing Board is referring to the... Read More


Compounding Medications and Legalities

March 01, 2004

Compounding is not permitted by the FDA, she said. However, the FDA recognizes that veterinarians often need to compound drugs and therefore exercises its enforcement discretion to permit compounding.... Read More


Drug Interaction in Lame Horses

February 26, 2004

Whether it is in the Olympics, Major League Baseball, college football or horse racing, the use of multiple pain-relieving drugs to enhance performance is a major concern. Now, one University of Missouri-Columbia veterinarian is testing differen... Read More


AAEP 2003: Medications and Drug Testing

February 03, 2004

A packed room during the AAEP’s Racing Forum held sometimes heated discussions about the facts and nuances of the on-going Racing Medication and Testing Consortium’s (RMTC) attempt to create a uniform medication policy for racing in the United... Read More


Texas Increases Number of Post-Race Drug Tests

January 09, 2004

The Texas Racing Commission has authorized the Texas Medical Diagnostic Laboratory to increase the amount of ELISA tests it conducts and decrease the number of screens it evaluates from urine samples collected for post-race... Read More


FEI and Welfare

January 01, 2004

What does international equestrian sport do to ensure healthy, fair, and clean competition? As a sport where the horse is used for its athletic abilities and man is at the helm, it is crucial that the horse be properly safeguarded.... Read More


Regulators View Drug Policy; No Race-Day Changes Yet

December 11, 2003

The Racing Medication and Testing Consortium continued its march toward a national model policy on medication and drug testing Dec. 10 when regulators responded favorably to the proposal. But wholesale changes in race-day medication rules around... Read More