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RCI Plan Targets Regulation, Drugs, Wagering

RCI Plan Targets Regulation, Drugs, Wagering

As it prepares for its annual meeting April 12-15, the Association of Racing Commissioners International has released a three-year strategic plan focusing on reforms in regulation, medication, and wagering security.

New Targets for Medication Regulation

Though most racing jurisdictions in North America have greatly curtailed the use of race-day medication, two drugs commonly used in racehorses are getting a hard look from industry officials.

Commonly Used Drug Now Under the Microscope

A discussion into the use and effectiveness of corticosteroids--therapeutic anti-inflammatory drugs--was full of twists and turns July 21 but inevitably settled on the areas of threshold levels, withdrawal times, and finally the question of whether a stringent policy for race-day medication is practical.

Super Tests: Calls for Therapeutics Not Unexpected

In the second round of "super tests" performed under the guidance of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association Racing Integrity and Drug Testing Task Force, there were no new positives for Class 1, 2, and 3 medications, according to a final report recently released. There were, however, 454 confirmations for therapeutic drugs.

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