RMTC Sets Meeting to Discuss Race-Day Drugs

The Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) will, among other things, discuss proposals to phase out race-day medication use during its next meeting Aug. 4.

The RMTC, a group of 25 industry stakeholders, said earlier it would meet to follow up on information gleaned from an international race-day medication summit held at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y. in June.

Soon after the summit the RMTC formed committees to focus on the phase-out of race-day drugs, penalty guidelines for medication violations, stable area security and surveillance, and guidelines for the administration of permitted race-day medications. The RMTC said the committees are made up of "a cross-section of industry stakeholders, including horsemen, industry executives, racetrack operators, and directors of racing, regulators, and veterinarians."

The Aug. 4 meeting, to be held in the Cincinnati, Ohio, metropolitan area, will come less than two weeks before The Jockey Club Round Table meeting in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., on Aug. 14. A report on the future of the Thoroughbred racing industry will be discussed at that meeting.

"In April, when we announced that we would be co-hosting an international medication summit with our colleagues at the (American Association of Equine Practitioners) and (National Thoroughbred Racing Association), we noted that we hoped to begin a process that had no predetermined outcome," RMTC chairman Robert Lewis, DVM, said in a July 13 statement. "As a follow-up to the summit, the RMTC has created several committees to develop the needed background information which will enable the full RMTC board to move expeditiously in developing specific recommendations relative to the various areas of focus identified at the summit."

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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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