Drug Testing

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Kentucky Drug Penalties Changed

April 01, 2006

A 90-day emergency regulation governing violation of Thoroughbred racing medication rules expired Feb. 15, so the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority (KHRA) reverted to the old penalty rules.

The regulation expired after a legislative... Read More

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Animal Health and Consumer Protection

March 13, 2006

Reprinted with permission of FDA Consumer magazine

Nearly a century ago, farmers had a medicine chest of products to "cure" their animals, with names such as Lee's Gizzard Capsules, Liquid Hog Medicine, and Kow-Kure. Th... Read More

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New York Enacts Pre-Race

March 01, 2006

The New York State Racing and Wagering Board voted Jan. 19 to adopt an emergency rule allowing for the collection of pre-race blood samples from horses entered into races at the state's Thoroughbred and harness tracks to test for excess... Read More

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New Drug Penalty Regulation in Kentucky Expires

February 21, 2006

A 90-day emergency regulation governing infractions of Kentucky equine medication rules expired Feb. 15 and the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority (KHRA) reverted back to the old rules that were previously in place.

The new regulation... Read More

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AAEP Convention 2005: Performance Horse Forum

February 17, 2006

"We're meant to be advocates for the welfare of the horse," said Rick Mitchell, DVM, of Fairfield Equine Associates in Newtown, Conn., moderator of the Dec. 3, 2005 Performance Horse Forum at the American Association of Equine Practitioners... Read More

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New Kentucky Drug Penalties Due to Expire; Authority Considers Options

February 15, 2006

Officials with the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority were considering their options today (Feb. 15) following the failure of a legislative subcommittee to give final approval to new penalties for violations of the state's equine medication... Read More

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New York Enacts Pre-Race "Milkshaking" Tests

January 23, 2006

The New York State Racing and Wagering Board voted Jan. 19 to adopt an emergency rule allowing for the collection of pre-race blood samples from horses entered into races at the state's Thoroughbred and harness tracks to test for excess... Read More

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Milkshaking Lawsuit Latest in Racetrack Dispute

January 05, 2006

Management of a Monticello, N.Y., harness track revealed on Tuesday (Jan. 3) that its horseman's association has filed a lawsuit to immediately terminate drug testing for illegal "milkshaking," the use of sodium bicarbonate solutions to enhance... Read More

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KHRA Approves Drug Regulations

January 01, 2006

The Kentucky Horse Racing Authority (KHRA) on Nov. 14, 2005, gave unanimous approval to revised medication rules that were controversial when implemented under an emergency order signed in August by Gov. Ernie Fletcher. The regulations are... Read More

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Legislative Subcommittee OKs Kentucky Drug Rules

December 14, 2005

Kentucky's new medication rules were approved Dec. 13 by the state General Assembly Administrative Regulation Review Subcommittee.

The rules, centered on race-day medication, were approved by the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority Nov. 14... Read More

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AAEP Calls for Ban on Anabolic Steroids in Sale Horse Medication Guidelines

December 14, 2005

The American Association of Equine Practitioners' Task Force on Medication Issues at Public Auction has released its recommendations for medication usage in horses presented for sale at public auctions. They include the banning of anabolic... Read More

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"Zero Tolerance" Policy Leads to Positive Tests in Indiana

December 01, 2005

A "zero tolerance" policy in Indiana led to seven horses testing positive for cocaine during the waning weeks of Hoosier Park's recently concluded Thoroughbred meet. According to Indiana Horse Racing Commission executive director Joe... Read More

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Kentucky Horse Racing Authority Gives Final Approval to Drug Regulations

November 15, 2005

The Kentucky Horse Racing Authority (KHRA) on Nov. 14 gave unanimous approval to revised medication rules that had been the subject of controversy when implemented under an emergency order signed in August by Gov. Ernie Fletcher.

The... Read More

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Breeders Speak Out in Favor of Kentucky Medication Changes

November 02, 2005

More than 100 Kentucky-based breeders have come out in support of new equine medication and related penalties proposed by the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority.

Arthur Hancock III of Stone Farm near Paris, Ky., sent breeders copies of a... Read More

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Suit Filed Over Death of Thoroughbred Racehorses

October 18, 2005

A lawsuit has been filed on behalf of the owners of millionaire sprinter Saratoga County, stakes winner Egg Head, and two other horses against a pharmacy that allegedly supplied a compounded drug treatment that led to the deaths of three of the... Read More

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Kentucky Works on Withdrawal Times for Medications

October 17, 2005

In the wake of controversy concerning its new medication regulations, the Kentucky Equine Drug Research Council has formed two standing subcommittees to oversee the next phase of integrating the race-day medication regulations. The committees,... Read More

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Bernstein Horses in Detention for TC02 Positive

October 17, 2005

Horses trained by David Bernstein must spend at least 24 hours in a pre-race detention barn because one of his horses tested positive for a high level of total carbon dioxide at Del Mar.

The detention period began Sept. 30 at the Oak Tre... Read More

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Change in Kentucky Drug Rules Could Trigger Lawsuit

August 23, 2005

The Kentucky Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association (HBPA) could file a lawsuit to prevent implementation of a new race-day medication policy in the state.

Kentucky Gov. Ernie Fletcher signed the more restrictive rules Aug... Read More

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California Trainers on Notice About Use of Anabolic Steroids

August 16, 2005

While steroid use by human athletes has caused a firestorm of controversy, trainers in California are being warned to avoid using anabolic steroids on their horses because of increased testing and uncertainty about withdrawal times. But the... Read More

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Kentucky Horse Racing Authority Approves New Medication Rules

August 15, 2005

The Kentucky Horse Racing Authority voted unanimously Aug. 15 to implement stiff medication rules and penalties that closely parallel rules adopted by the national Racing Medication and Testing Consortium.

The rules, which break down... Read More

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NYRA Makes Security Barn Adjustments

August 02, 2005

The New York Racing Association is "100% committed" to race day security barns, but has taken immediate action to address concerns expressed by horsemen at Saratoga Race Course, NYRA president Charles E. Hayward said July 29.

Hayward's... Read More

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Evidence Heard in Cocaine Case in Australia

July 27, 2005

Racing New South Wales stewards opened an inquiry on Monday (July 25) into the analyst's finding of benzoylecgonine, a metabolite of cocaine, in the urine sample taken from the 3-year-old filly Love You Honey, who finished unplaced in race seven... Read More

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Ellis Park to Conduct Random Milkshake Testing

July 05, 2005

Ellis Park in Henderson, Ky. will randomly test horses before every race during its 2005 meet for alkalizing agents known as milkshakes.

Under Ellis' milkshake testing policy, the track will require a random number of horses entered in... Read More

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Churchill Outlines "Milkshake" Policy

April 25, 2005

With only a few differences, Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. will be utilizing the same testing procedures for "milkshakes" that are in effect at Keeneland Racecourse in Lexington, Ky., and similar to those at many other North American... Read More

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Olympic Appeal Over Drugs

April 01, 2005

According to the International Federation for Equestrian Sports (FEI), German Olympian Ludger Beerbaum filed an appeal on Feb. 3 with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) against the decision taken by the FEI Judicial Committee. The committe... Read More