KHRA Approves Drug Regulations

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 scheduled to take effect on or about Feb. 3.

The rules address usage of common horse care products, certain anti-ulcer medications, possession and usage of a nasogastric tube, a new class of drugs, and penalties for Class C and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug offenses. They also clarify that if a partner in a veterinary practice is suspended, other partners in the practice shouldn't be prevented from providing services to horses as long as the suspended partner doesn't benefit in any way. For more information, see

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Ron Mitchell is Online Managing Editor for The Blood-Horse magazine. A Lexington native, Mitchell joined The Blood-Horse after serving in editorial capacities with The Thoroughbred Record and Thoroughbred Times, specializing in business and auction aspects of the industry, and was editor-in-chief of the award-winning Horsemen’s Journal. As online managing editor, Mitchell works closely with The Blood-Horse news editor and other departments to make sure the website content is the most thorough and accurate source for all Thoroughbred news, results, videos, and data.

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