The Association of Racing Commissioners International board of directors April 23 approved a testing threshold level and penalties for the mineral cobalt, a naturally occurring substance in racehorses.
One day after Golden Gate Fields threatened closure during a California Horse Racing Board session to modify California racing dates, the Bay Area track's future was again the top subject April 16.
The OSRC said policy is needed following random post-race tests that revealed unnaturally high levels of cobalt in Standardbreds and Thoroughbreds.
The Racing Medication and Testing Consortium hopes to have a recommended testing threshold level by late April for a naturally occurring amino acid that has a calming effect on racehorses.
The board of directors of the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) today announced that a uniform threshold for cobalt regulation in the U.S. was approved at its March 24 meeting at Gulfstream Park.
The Ontario Racing Commission said March 20 it will begin developing a "practical and appropriate response" for testing for the mineral cobalt.
Setting the testing threshold for cobalt chloride has become the challenge of racing regulators. North American racing has been well behind in its application of a satisfactory testing threshold applied across all states.
The head of the Association of Racing Commissioners International has reiterated the organization's intention to push for a uniform approach for regulation of cobalt.
A urine sample taken from undefeated three-time Horse of the Year Black Caviar after her win in the 2011 T. J. Smith Stakes (Aus-I) has returned a cobalt level within normal parameters.
The Racing Medication and Testing Consortium may be close to recommending policy on the endogenous element cobalt, which when administered in high doses is believed to enhance production of red blood cells.
The New York State Gaming Commission has completed its investigation and is finishing its report into allegations by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals regarding the care of horses trained by Steve Asmussen.
The Organization of Racing Investigators will hold its 2015 training conference March 1-4 at New Meadowlands in East Rutherford, N.J.
The Indiana Horse Racing Commission Jan. 12 said regulation of cobalt, a naturally occurring substance in racehorses that can have performance-enhancing qualities when supplemented, indicates decreases in abuse.
The Kentucky General Assembly Interim Joint Subcommittee on Horse Farming was given a generally positive update on the status of the racing and breeding industry in the state Nov. 12 in light of years of declines.
An Indiana veterinarian charged with administering cobalt to a horse before a race and several other offenses was suspended for 20 years and fined $20,000 by the Indiana Horse Racing Commission.
- By Tom LaMarra
United States Trotting Association-funded research into cobalt has resulted in a regulatory testing threshold of 70 parts per billion, the organization said Sept. 30.
A Kentucky racing official Sept. 12 said the state has been at the forefront of research into cobalt, a naturally occurring element said to have blood-doping qualities if used at high levels.
The Indiana Horse Racing Commission Sept. 4 voted 3-0 to approve rules to regulate cobalt levels in Thoroughbred and Standardbred racehorses.
The New York State Gaming Commission Sept. 4 said it will issue a standard 10-year suspension to anyone who violates the harness racing rule prohibiting the use of substances that abnormally oxygenate a horse's blood.
An analysis of more than 350 blood samples has led the Indiana Horse Racing Commission to recommend establishing a testing threshold level for cobalt and classifying the substance as Class A.
Before making a formal recommendation of a regulatory testing limit on cobalt, North American racing regulators have decided to consider the results of two scientific research studies.
The United States Trotting Association said June 16 it will fund a project designed to develop regulatory controls for the use of cobalt in racehorses.
The Racing Medication and Testing Consortium board of directors took several actions March 17 intended to further the process toward the nationwide adoption of uniform medication rules, penalties, and testing.
The California Horse Racing Board has begun monitoring cobalt levels in horses that are competing in the state and in certain necropsy specimens.
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