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Dickinson Surprised by Flunixin Positive

Trainer Michael Dickinson said he is surprised that one of his horses, Lofty Call, tested positive for Flunixin at Belmont Park last summer, and that the stewards in the case "were fair and understanding."

Medication Consortium Recommends Owners Fee

The Racing Medication and Testing Consortium is recommending owners pay a $5 fee to fund research to develop threshold levels and withdrawal times for therapeutic medications.

Board Upholds Dutrow's Suspension, Fine

Prominent New York trainer Richard E. Dutrow Jr. must serve a 45-day suspension and pay a $3,000 fine for an equine drug positive, the New York State Racing and Wagering Board ruled Tuesday.

THG Not Considered Problem in Racing

Tetrahydrogestrinone, a new designer steroid that has rocked human athletics in recent months, has been duly placed on the radar of North American racing. But there are no plans to take action against the potential performance-enhancer, racing officials said.

Trainer: Freeze Post-Race Samples for Future Testing

A formal Royal trainer is the latest in Great Britain to propose the Jockey Club freeze post-race samples from group stakes events to protect against new designer drugs that cannot be tested.

Report: EPO Antibodies Found in Texas Horses

Two horses that raced at Lone Star Park April 13 tested positive for erythropoietin (EPO) antibodies, which brings the total number of horses to test positive in Texas this year to eight.

Suspend the Horses

By Gary West -- Positive tests detecting the presence of EPO antibodies in horses pose an integrity problem for racing that is far graver than the Breeders' Cup Ultra Pick 6 scam.

Bad Medicine

Bad Medicine

By Ray Paulick -- Progress continues in the areas of medication and drug-testing, and those involved in the process should not let a "lack of easy answers" stand in their way.

Drysdale Suspended, Flying Dash DQ'd from Hawthorne Derby

Hall of Fame trainer Neil Drysdale was suspended by Illinois stewards and Flying Dash disqualified from his win in the May 11 Hawthorne Derby (gr. IIIT) after a sample from Flying Dash tested positive for clenbuterol and promazine sulfoxide.

RCI Issues New Drug Classifications

The Association of Racing Commissioners International has classified or reclassified 46 foreign substances and has listed the administration of Erythropoietin, or EPO, as a prohibited practice at the recommendation of its Drug Testing Standards and Practices Committee.

Olympian Task

By Barry Irwin -- If you want to know which illegal drugs might appear next in horse racing, consider that every drug which has found its way into horse racing was first used in track and field or cycling.

Trainer Mendoza Cleared in Medication Case

A board of three stewards at Santa Anita Park ruled that no penalty should be assessed against trainer Jesus (Jesse) Mendoza for a morphine positive found in a horse he trained in June, 2000. The Jan. 10 ruling stated that Mendoza had "mitigated the circumstances of the charge."

Text of Racehorse Medication Summit Report

The attached list of racing organizations and officials were invited to attend a one-day workshop for the purpose of determining if agreement could be reached as to the need for a uniform policy for racehorse medication in the United States, and if so, where agreement can be reached on elements of such a policy. The workshop consisted of two segments: a two-hour open session briefing by experts on topics pertinent to the purpose of the Summit, and an intensive seven-hour workshop for the invited representatives which was conducted by a professional facilitator from outside the racing industry.

Industry Hopes For Starting Point on Drugs

Racing industry participants expressed hope Tuesday morning that a five-hour facilitated session on medication would at least serve as a starting point toward uniformity. No one expected radical changes in current policies that vary by jurisdiction in the United States.

Approaching the Gate

By Dr. C. Wayne McIlwraith -- The industry wants horse racing to increase in popularity and achieve the status of a major league sport. The time is right for us all to come together and reach consensus on medication issues.

AAEP Prepared for Medication Summit

The American Association of Equine Practitioners has spent many hours over the past year getting ready for the Dec. 4 medication summit that will be part of the University of Arizona Race Track Industry Program's Symposium on Racing. "We hope for the first time to bring together key stakeholders in the racing industry to specifically discuss racehorse medication," said Dr. Wayne McIlwraith, 2001 president of the AAEP.

All Together Now

All Together Now

By Ray Paulick -- What we may have by year's end are as many as a half-dozen proposals for medication.

THA Prepares 'Comprehensive' Medication Report

The Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association hopes to release a sweeping national medication and drug-testing proposal either before or during the University of Arizona Symposium on Racing, which begins Dec. 4. It would become the second major horsemen's group to issue a medication proposal this fall.

National HBPA Hopes to Push Drug-Testing Needle

In a proactive measure, the National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association issued a proposal for national drug-testing and therapeutic medication policies for substances known to affect the performance of racehorses. The organization hopes to generate dialogue in the industry before the American Association of Equine Practitioners' medication summit Dec. 4 in Arizona.

Drug Testing Report: It's Just the Beginning

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association's Racing Integrity and Drug Testing Task Force report, to be released Sunday, may be the tip of the iceberg, officials said Saturday during a teleconference that originated in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

Positive Tests Lead CHRB to Warn Trainers About Herbal Products

An undisclosed number of positive tests for the Class 3 drugs phenylpropanoloamine and norpseudoephedrine has prompted the California Horse Racing Board to urge trainers to scrutinize any herbal products or food supplements they feed their horses. Fifteen trainers were notified on Aug. 9 by the board, asking them to avoid a specific herbal product.

Drug Task Force to Discuss 'Super Testing' Results

More than 700 samples have been reviewed through the National Thoroughbred Racing Association's "super testing" program, with another 1,100 on the way before an Aug. 1 deadline. But in the absence of national equine medication rules, the "calling of positives" will depend upon the jurisdiction.

Rash of Positives for Human Drug Clonidine Reported in Nebraska

A human drug used to treat high blood pressure, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, and addictive behavior has been detected in at least 10 post-race samples of horses racing in Nebraska recently, and sources say the number of positive tests could double in the coming weeks. Seven trainers have been notified by the Nebraska Racing Commission that their horses tested positive for Clonidine, which drug testing experts say can have both a calming and analgesic effect on horses and is closely related to Romifidine and Guanabenz, two drugs suspected by racing officials as being used illegally on horses.

Valenzuela Denied Reinstatement of License to Ride

Valenzuela Denied Reinstatement of License to Ride

The California Horse Racing Board, meeting in executive session, denied Patrick Valenzuela's license application by upholding the stewards recommendation that the 38-year-old jockey not be relicensed. However, the racing commissioners indicated Valenzuela may reapply for a license in six months if at that time he can prove that he is no longer abusing drugs or alcohol and can show proof that he has regularly attended the Winners' Foundation program without interruption for the entire six-month period.

Trainer Passero, Florida Reach Agreement on Positive

Attorneys for the State of Florida Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering and trainer Frank Passero reached a settlement in the matter of a positive drug test on a Passero runner. In an administrative complaint filed last March, the Division alleged that a urine test on Hope In Private following his win Gulfstream's fifth race on Feb. 13, 2000 was found to contain Benzoylecgonine and Ecgonine Methyl Ester, both of which are metabolites of cocaine.

Let's Get Specific

By Kent H. Stirling -- This game is "not being conducted on a level playing field, and hasn't been for years."..."I've also seen trainers practically disappear off the face of the earth after the test for clenbuterol was developed."..."Our sport is policed by a bunch of buffoons."

Juvenile Consignors' Group Details Progress

A general meeting of the National Association of Two-Year-Old Consignors in Ocala, Fla., Tuesday evening focused on a number of concerns, including medication, perception problems in the media, and buyer confidence. Much of the meeting focused on industry unity and introduction of a slogan that promotes horses coming out of the 2-year-old sales: bid, buy, and race with confidence.

New Rules of the Game

By Gary C. Young -- There are two kinds of trainers and there are two kinds of veterinarians out there today, folks: those who play by the rules and those who don't. That is common knowledge; just as it is that the two dirtiest states where the cheaters can get away with the most are Kentucky and California.

Cecil Fined by Hong Kong Stewards; Sunline's Win May Be Reviewed

Cecil Fined by Hong Kong Stewards; Sunline's Win May Be Reviewed

California-based trainer Ben Cecil has been fined HK$50,000 (about US$6,410) by Hong Kong Jockey Club stewards as a result of Falcon Flight testing positive for a prohibited substance prior to Sunday's Hong Kong International Cup. HKJC stewards will also reportedly review the circumstances surrounding the impressive victory by Sunline in the Hong Kong Mile. Greg Childs, who rode Sunline, said that he and another jockey discussed strategy prior to the race.

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