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California Using 'Milkshake' Blood Tests to Track Trends

July 17, 2006

California will soon release the results of a study that will reflect trends in connection with blood samples taken from about 6,000 racehorses for the purpose of "milkshake" --or TCO2 testing-- last year.

California takes blood from all... Read More


Plan Finalized to Set Policies on Withdrawal Times for Therapeutic Medications

June 29, 2006

During its meeting on Tuesday, June 27, the Board of Directors of the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) finalized a two-part plan to establish model policies for withdrawal times for... Read More


Emirates Appeals Panel Upholds Brass Hat Disqualification

June 27, 2006

A three-member appeals panel of the Emirates Racing Authority has upheld the disqualification of Thoroughbred Brass Hat from his second-place finish in this year's Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) and the $5,400 fine imposed on trainer Buff Bradley.... Read More


Asmussen Faces Six Month Suspension and Fine

June 26, 2006

Steve Asmussen, North America's leading trainer in 2004 and 2005, is facing a six month suspension for a medication infraction involving the Class 2 drug mepivicaine, a local anesthetic.

According to the Louisiana Racing Commission,... Read More


Kentucky Horse Park Foundation Invites Donors, Volunteers to Help Prepare for the Alltech FEI Games Kentucky 2010

June 26, 2006

With the Alltech FEI Games Kentucky 2010 around the corner, the Kentucky Horse Park (KHP) Foundation is seeking assistance from the community and competitors in preparing for the event. There are a number of ways to be involved as a donor or a... Read More


Alltech Announces $10 Million Title Sponsorship for 2010 WEG

June 20, 2006

Alltech, a Kentucky-based biotechnology company, announced its title sponsorship yesterday (June 19)for the 2010 FEI games to be held at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington. This marks the first time in FEI history that the World Equestrian... Read More


Alltech to Sponsor 2010 FEI Games in Kentucky

June 19, 2006

Governor Ernie Fletcher and Alltech president and founder Dr. Pearse Lyons announced today that Alltech will be the title sponsor of the 2010 FEI GamesTM in Kentucky. The games, which will officially be known as the Alltech FEI Games Kentucky... Read More


Progress Made on Out-of-Competition Testing Front

June 08, 2006

Out-of-competition testing of racehorses can be problematic, but some jurisdictions are making headway to combat use of performance-enhancing substances that aren't administered on race day.

The Ontario Racing Commission, under a new... Read More


HorseTV Named the Official American Channel of the FEI World Equestrian Games 2006

June 05, 2006

The HorseTV Channel has announced its broadcast plans for the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) World Equestrian Games 2006 in Aachen, Germany. The HorseTV Channel's presentation promises to provide unparalleled coverage of the ultimate... Read More


CEO Named to Lead 2010 FEI Games in Kentucky

May 19, 2006

John P. (Jack) Kelly has been hired as the chief executive officer of the World Games 2010 Foundation, Inc., the entity in charge of putting on the 2010 FEI (FÈdÈration Equestre Internationale) Games in Kentucky, the world equestrian... Read More


Brass Hat Disqualified From Second in Dubai World Cup

May 03, 2006

Brass Hat, who ran second in the March 25 Dubai World Cup (UAE-I), has been disqualified because a post-race test revealed trace amounts of the drug methyl prednisolone acetate.

After a two-day hearing via... Read More


Uniform Medication

May 01, 2006

The AAEP organized the Racing Medication Summit in December 2001 during the University of Arizona Racing Symposium in Tucson. By the end of the day, there was recognition by the participants that an opportunity existed to address the ongoing... Read More


Young Equestrians to Get "Taste of the Olympics"

April 25, 2006

Young equestrians from all reaches of North America will get a feel for what it's like to compete in the Olympic Games when they compete in the CN North American Junior and Young Riders' Championships (NAJYRC), at the Virginia Horse Center in... Read More


Kentucky Issues Advisory on Naproxen Use

April 20, 2006

The Kentucky Equine Drug Research Council has recommended horsemen discontinue the use of naproxen at least five days before a horse is scheduled to run to avoid facing a penalty if the horse tests positive for the drug on race... Read More


Olympic Training at the Florida Horse Park

April 18, 2006

Florida Horse Park officials announced Monday (April 17) that the facility is hosting a training session this week for riders short- and long-listed for the U.S. Eventing Team. The event began Monday and continues through tomorrow (April... Read More


Reining Horse Association Releases Medication Position Statement

April 14, 2006

At the NRHA Board of Directors meeting held on April 2 at the International Headquarters of NRHA in Oklahoma City, Okla., the following was adopted:

I. Statement of NRHA Medication Philosophy

NRHA does not endorse the use of... Read More



April 01, 2006

The "milkshake" has enjoyed some popularity as a performance-enhancer for racehorses, although it is banned in all racing jurisdictions. This "milkshake" doesn’t involve milk and syrup; the primary ingredient is sodium bicarbonate, commonly know... Read More


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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