Drug Testing


Drug Withdrawal Times Posted on Racing Medication Group Web Site

June 13, 2007

The Racing Medication and Testing Consortium has completed a section of its Web site (www.rmtcnet.com) that enables licensed horsemen to look up guidelines for withdrawal times for approximatel... Read More


Veterinary Ethics

June 01, 2007

Owners, trainers, and veterinarians are responsible for the health and welfare of the horse. Performance horses need to be treated like any other athletes. This often entails medical treatment by veterinarians, which allows horses to compete in a... Read More


Derby Horses Tested for EPO

May 04, 2007

The 20 starters for the May 5 Kentucky Derby were tested for the performance-enhancing drug erythropoietin (EPO) May 2.

John Veitch, chief steward for the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority, said the tests were administrated between 10 a.m.... Read More


Racing Regulators Pass Model Rule on Steroids

April 27, 2007

Regulators attending the Association of Racing Commissioners International annual conference April 26 approved a number of model rules, including the prohibition in horses of nearly all anabolic steroid use.

The proposed anabolic steroid... Read More


FEI Drug Testing More Horses

April 24, 2007

In 2006 the FEI set a new mark for numbers of horses drug tested, as well as the number of events covered. In total, the FEI tested 3,173 horses. There were 1,500 tests conducted in 1996, meaning the number of tests has doubled in 10 years.... Read More


Regulators Consider Anabolic Steroid Limits

April 24, 2007

A model rule that limits anabolic steroid use to four approved substances was unanimously passed in a committee hearing of the Racing Commissioners International annual conference April 23, highlighting the opening-day morning session of the... Read More


Drug Testing: California Thoroughbred Owners Could Face Fines

April 20, 2007

Owners whose horses have repeated medication violations would be subject to tough new penalties under changes given initial approval by the California Horse Racing Board April 19.

Over the objections of the Thoroughbred Owners of California,... Read More


Freedom Health Aminorex Findings Confirmed by Canadian Racing Agency

April 07, 2007

The Canadian Pari-Mutuel Agency (CPMA) confirmed Freedom Health's findings that the use of injectable levamisole in racehorses may result in a positive drug test for the banned substance aminorex--a Class 1 drug that carries a recommended penalt... Read More


Medicine and Disease

March 23, 2007

Equine authorities at the 2006 AAEP Convention discussed numerous medical topics, get the summary here.... Read More


Aminorex Positives Linked to Injectable Dewormer

March 18, 2007

For more than two years, racehorses (principally Standardbreds) have tested positive for the amphetamine, aminorex (for more information see Read More


Ontario Reinstates Trainers With Aminorex Positives

March 14, 2007

Though it stands by its equine drug-testing program, the Ontario Racing Commission said March 13 it will allow trainers with positives for aminorex, a methamphetamine-like substance, to enter horses in races in the province. The investigation... Read More


Drug Positives Have Regulators, Horsemen Scratching Heads

March 12, 2007

Recent positives for aminorex, a drug that has had no commercial source since the 1980s and has no place in racehorses under industry guidelines, has regulators seeking answers and horsemen on the defensive.

There have been positives for... Read More


Drug Contaminants, 'Zero Tolerance' Policy on Collision Course

February 12, 2007

A Louisiana research project that shows racehorses can come into contact with drug residue just about anywhere on the backstretch has some horsemen calling for an end to "zero tolerance" drug-testing policies and creation of a national panel to... Read More


Vet Pleads Guilty to Falsifying Records in Alleged Race Fixing Plot

February 02, 2007

A veterinarian pleaded guilty to falsifying records in a case that included the arrests of four people in an alleged plot to fix harness races by injecting horses with banned performance-enhancing drugs.

John Witmer, 68, of Freehold, N.J.,... Read More


Hormone and Drug Use in the Stallion

February 01, 2007

Many hormone and drug treatments could have a negative impact on the endocrine system, so it's best to avoid using them altogether in the breeding stallion. However, Sue M. McDonnell, PhD, Certified AAB, of the University of Pennsylvania's School... Read More


California Racing Board Moves Ahead With Stricter Drug Regulations

January 24, 2007

Taking a get-tough stance, the California Horse Racing Board moved forward with its sweeping overhaul of the state’s equine drug policies including the first ban of so-called “designer” anabolic steroids.

At its monthly meeting Jan. 23,... Read More


Clenbuterol, Steroids Dominate Southern Cal Talks

January 19, 2007

The use of clenbuterol and the potential elimination of anabolic steroids were the primary subjects of two meetings Thursday at Santa Anita. California Horse Racing Board Chairman Richard Shapiro, executive director Ingrid Fermin, and equine... Read More


Keeneland and Fasig-Tipton Issue Statement on Anabolic Steroid Policy

January 19, 2007

Officials from Keeneland Association Inc. and Fasig-Tipton Company, Inc., today jointly announced their support for development of a policy regarding the testing for, and inappropriate use of, anabolic steroids in horses sold at public... Read More


Northern California Trainer Rogers Suspended

December 30, 2006

California trainer Allen E. Rogers was suspended by Bay Meadows stewards after a horse in his care tested in excess of the specified level for the 2-(1-hydroxyethyl) promazine, a Class 3 violation.

Swen finished third in the third race a... Read More


Stopping Steroids

December 24, 2006

Progress in racing's war on drugs started with a report in August 2000 from the National Thoroughbred Racing Association's Task Force on Racing Integrity and Drug Testing at The Jockey Club Round Table in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. The following... Read More


White Delivers State-of-the-Art Lecture At Annual Convention

December 22, 2006

Nathaniel White, II, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, the Jean Ellen duPont Shehan Professor and director of Virginia Tech's Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center, presented the prestigious Frank J. Milne State-of-the-Art lecture at the American Association of... Read More


Dr. Rick Arthur to be Tuesday's Guest on "Talkin' Horses"

December 16, 2006

Join Rick Arthur, DVM, world-renowned expert in the field of veterinary medicine and advocate for equine health and welfare issues for more than 20 years. Arthur will be the next guest during a special Tuesday edition of Bloodhorse.com's "Talkin... Read More


CHRB Files Complaints Against Sherman, Ward

December 16, 2006

The California Horse Racing Board (CHRB) has filed complaints against trainers Art Sherman and Wesley Ward for medication violations.

The CHRB issues a weekly update of complaints, accusations, stewards rulings, and board decisions... Read More


Regulation of Steroids to be Recommended

December 07, 2006

Members of the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) are expected to recommend regulation of anabolic steroids in racehorses, but the timetable for the regulations remains up in the air.

RMTC officials earlier in the year said... Read More


Norman Gets Six-Month Suspension in Louisiana

December 07, 2006

Trainer Cole Norman was suspended for six months and fined $1,000 by the Delta Downs stewards after two horses he saddled in the Jean Lafitte Stakes Nov. 3 at Delta Downs tested in excess of the permitted levels of total carbon dioxide (TCO2). H... Read More