Massachusetts Adopts Uniform Racehorse Drug Regulations

Massachusetts Adopts Uniform Racehorse Drug Regulations

Massachusetts is one of eight states in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions that pledged to enact the model rules passed by the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium and Association of Racing Commissioners International.

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The Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) Oct. 17 voted unanimously to adopt the national uniform medication and drug-testing program.

Massachusetts is one of eight states in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions that pledged to enact the model rules passed by the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium and Association of Racing Commissioners International. The rules include enhanced penalties for violators.

"Massachusetts now joins Maryland and Virginia as early adopters of this new set of regulations," said Jennifer Durenberger, MGC director of racing. "We are grateful to all of the industry stakeholders and hard-working committee members whose unwavering efforts to see these rules come to fruition will soon be rewarded."

Massachusetts has Thoroughbred and Standardbred racing. The United States Trotting Association recently rejected the model rules because it believes the two breeds should have separate regulations, but states that have adopted the rules have adopted the same rules for both breeds.

Originally published on BloodHorse.com.

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Tom LaMarra

Tom LaMarra, a native of New Jersey and graduate of Rutgers University, has been news editor at The Blood-Horse since 1998. After graduation he worked at newspapers in New Jersey and Pennsylvania as an editor and reporter with a focus on municipal government and politics. He also worked at Daily Racing Form and Thoroughbred Times before joining The Blood-Horse. LaMarra, who has lived in Lexington since 1994, has won various writing awards and was recognized with the Old Hilltop Award for outstanding coverage of the horse racing industry. He likes to spend some of his spare time handicapping races.

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