Drug Testing


University of Florida Racing Laboratory Gets New Director

December 01, 2006

Richard A. Sams, PhD, has been named director of the University of Florida (UF) College of Veterinary Medicine Racing Laboratory.

Sams came to UF from The Ohio State University (OSU) College of Veterinary Medicine, where he was a... Read More


Racing Medication and Testing Group Announces Steroid and Drug Withdrawal Plan

November 04, 2006

During its meeting on Thursday, November 2, in Louisville, Ky., the board of directors of the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) announced future plans regarding anabolic steroids and out-of-competition drug testing, and received an... Read More


Kentucky Regulators Examine Drug-Testing Procedures

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


Vartanian Accused of Methamphetamine Violation

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


Kentucky Equine Drug Council Forms Testing Partnership with RMTC

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


New Recommendations Facilitate Modernization of Drug Manufacturing

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


Corticosteroids: Short- and Long-Term Effects

October 01, 2006

Of the medications available in the arsenal of anti-inflammatory therapies, there is one type that has caused ... Read More


The Straight Dope

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


CHRB Files Drug Complaint Against Mullins

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


Adverse Effects of a Performance Enhancer

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


California Official Wants Vets Held Accountable for Medication Violations

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


Kentucky, Ohio Employ Upgraded Blood-Doping Tests

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


Therapeutic Drug Research, Necropsies Recommended by Racing Group

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


Lost in the Fog Given "Reasonable Chance"

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


Surgeries and Steroids

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


Calif. Owner to Sue Trainer Over Drug Positive

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


Definitive EPO Blood-Doping Test Developed

August 10, 2006

Edited press release

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


HBPA to Emirates: Reconsider Position on Brass Hat Disqualification

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


New Director for USEF Equine Drug Testing and Research Laboratory

July 18, 2006

Thomas F. Lomangino of Laurel, Maryland has been named a... Read More


California Using 'Milkshake' Blood Tests to Track Trends

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


Plan Finalized to Set Policies on Withdrawal Times for Therapeutic Medications

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


Emirates Appeals Panel Upholds Brass Hat Disqualification

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


Asmussen Faces Six Month Suspension and Fine

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


Progress Made on Out-of-Competition Testing Front

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


Brass Hat Disqualified From Second in Dubai World Cup

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