Drug Testing


Trainer Suspended in Cobra Venom Case Granted Stay

October 11, 2007

 Trainer Patrick Biancone, suspended for one year for possessing on the grounds of Keeneland three sealed vials of alpha-cobratoxin (cobra venom), a Class A substance under the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority Uniform Drug and Medication... Read More


Trainer Given Yearlong Suspension in Cobra Venom Case

October 05, 2007

 Kentucky racing stewards have suspended trainer Patrick Biancone for one year for numerous violations of the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority's medication regulations following a hearing Oct. 4. The suspension begins Oct. 15.

KHRA... Read More


Indiana to Regulate Steroids; Questions Raised

October 01, 2007

The Indiana Horse Racing Commission voted unanimously Sept. 27 to adopt regulations on use of anabolic steroids in racehorses developed by the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium and endorsed by the Association of Racing Commissioners... Read More


Cobra Venom Case: Trainer's Hearing Scheduled

September 20, 2007

Following the announcement of the five-year suspension of veterinarian Dr. Rod Stewart for alleged violations of the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority's medication regulations, the... Read More


Vet Given Five-Year Suspension in Cobra Venom Investigation

September 19, 2007

Kentucky racing stewards have suspended veterinarian Dr. Rodney Stewart for five years for numerous violations of the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority's medication regulations.

The suspension was ordered following an investigation into items... Read More


Veterinarian Appealing Suspension in Snake Venom Case

August 28, 2007

Dr. Rod Stewart has appealed a suspension order issued by the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority in connection with the ongoing investigation of trainer Patrick Biancone.

Lisa Underwood, executive director of the KHRA, said following an Aug. 2... Read More


Vet Suspended from Tracks for Noncompliance in Venom Investigation

August 23, 2007

Dr. Rod Stewart, a veterinarian for racehorse trainer Patrick Biancone, was suspended by the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority for failing to comply with an order to turn over his computer and records to state stewards.

Stewards requested the... Read More


Reporting Adverse Drug Effects

August 23, 2007

Horses have their own unique physiological makeup that reacts to therapeutic medications differently. ... Read More


Kentucky Drug Council Supports Regulation of Steroids

August 23, 2007

The Kentucky Equine Drug Research Council supports the regulation of anabolic steroids in horses at racetracks and auctions in the state, but requested further explanation of withdrawal times and other testing-related issues in the model rule... Read More


BenZoylEcgonine Thresholds in Horse Urine

August 15, 2007

In 1985, the Kentucky Racing Commission directed the Equine Pharmacology program at the University of Kentucky to work on improving testing for performance-enhancing drugs. The outcome was the introduction of Enzyme-Linked-ImmunoSorbant Assay... Read More


New York Racing Rule Targets

August 01, 2007

New York racing regulators July 31 adopted a series of new rules, including more restrictive prohibitions on betting by racetrack mutuel tellers and final action on a provision to combat "Read More


Medication Consortium Gets $300,000 in Contributions

July 27, 2007

The Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) received $100,000 contributions from the New York Racing Association (NYRA) and the United States Trotting Association, and $50,000 contributions from the Delaware Thoroughbred Horsemen’s... Read More


Horses Survive Barn Fire

July 22, 2007

A dozen horses inside a barn that caught fire last night in Clifton, Va., have survived.
It was initially feared that some of the animals might have died, but authorities say only one horse suffered a minor... Read More


FEI Drops Vegas World Cup Drug Case Due to Test Problems

July 13, 2007

A doping case was dropped because of procedural problems following a positive test involving a show jumping horse at the Equestrian World Cup Final in Las Vegas.

Air Jordan Z tested positive for a banned drug at the event in April where his... Read More


Environmental Contamination Necessitates Leeway in Post-Race Cocaine Testing

July 11, 2007

The prevalence of a common metabolite of cocaine in the environment has created a need for the allowance of a minimum concentration of the substance in post-competition race testing, according to Fernanda Camargo, DVM, and Tom Tobin, DVM, PhD,... Read More


Sources: Snake Venom Found in Kentucky Search

July 07, 2007

Word is circulating in Kentucky that cobra venom, a substance used to kill pain, was found by investigators during a June 26 search of trainer Patrick Biancone's barn at Keeneland.

Several sources indicated, and media reports suggested,... Read More


New NSAID Equioxx (firocoxib) Approved by USEF

July 02, 2007

The board of directors of the United States Equestrian Federation has approved the use of the new non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug Equioxx (firocoxib).

This new NSAID is the first cyclooxygenase-1 (COX-1) sparing drug to be approved by... Read More


Drug Test Results Questioned in Kentucky

June 28, 2007

The results of post-race blood tests in five horses that raced at Keeneland or Churchill Downs have raised some red flags in Kentucky.

Trainers Bobby Frankel, Bob Holthus, Mike Maker, Bob Pincins, and Mike Tomlinson were notified by the Read More


Two Plead Guilty in Harness Horse Drugging Case

June 28, 2007

A father and son accused of trying to fix races by injecting harness horses with substances designed to deaden pain or improve performance pleaded guilty Wednesday to felony charges in Ballston Spa, N.Y.

William Barrack, 68, and his son,... Read More


Drug Withdrawal Times Posted on Racing Medication Group Web Site

June 13, 2007

The Racing Medication and Testing Consortium has completed a section of its Web site (www.rmtcnet.com) that enables licensed horsemen to look up guidelines for withdrawal times for approximatel... Read More


Veterinary Ethics

June 01, 2007

Owners, trainers, and veterinarians are responsible for the health and welfare of the horse. Performance horses need to be treated like any other athletes. This often entails medical treatment by veterinarians, which allows horses to compete in a... Read More


Derby Horses Tested for EPO

May 04, 2007

The 20 starters for the May 5 Kentucky Derby were tested for the performance-enhancing drug erythropoietin (EPO) May 2.

John Veitch, chief steward for the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority, said the tests were administrated between 10 a.m.... Read More


Racing Regulators Pass Model Rule on Steroids

April 27, 2007

Regulators attending the Association of Racing Commissioners International annual conference April 26 approved a number of model rules, including the prohibition in horses of nearly all anabolic steroid use.

The proposed anabolic steroid... Read More


FEI Drug Testing More Horses

April 24, 2007

In 2006 the FEI set a new mark for numbers of horses drug tested, as well as the number of events covered. In total, the FEI tested 3,173 horses. There were 1,500 tests conducted in 1996, meaning the number of tests has doubled in 10 years.... Read More


Regulators Consider Anabolic Steroid Limits

April 24, 2007

A model rule that limits anabolic steroid use to four approved substances was unanimously passed in a committee hearing of the Racing Commissioners International annual conference April 23, highlighting the opening-day morning session of the... Read More