Kentucky Drug Penalties Changed

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 subcommittee declined to give final approval two days before the expiration date. According to published reports, some members of the General Assembly Administrative Regulation Review Subcommittee had concerns that the rules don't provide sufficient guidance on what constitutes a violation for most therapeutic drugs. The subcommittee was to reconsider the emergency rule at its March meeting. At issue is what constitutes drug positives when trace amounts of therapeutic medications are detected in post-race tests.

KHRA executive director Jim Gallagher said officials considered seeking another emergency regulation, but decided it would be too hasty to organize before Feb. 15. He said it's not a major issue because the new regulations remained in place, only penalties were affected.

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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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