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Use of Calming Agent in Racehorses Examined

The horse racing industry is taking a closer look at a relaxant that produces optimum results when administered within a few hours of a race. The prevalence of GABA, a supplement, is open to speculation.

Major Issues Discussed at RCI Board Meeting

Major Issues Discussed at RCI Board Meeting

While many of racing's major issues were discussed at the July 25 meeting of the board of directors of the Association of Racing Commissioners International, the agenda called for few decisions to be made.

RCI Committee Wants Review of 'Urging'

The International Racing Regulatory Conference Committee of the Association of Racing Commissioners International held its first meeting Feb. 10 and called for a review of RCI Model Rules pertaining to "urging" in races.

RCI Board Votes to Lower Bute Threshold

The Association of Racing Commissioners International board of directors voted Oct. 22 to lower the threshold level for phenylbutazone from five micrograms per milliliter of plasma or serum to two.

Upset Lingers Over Proposed Bute Regulation

The largest horsemen's group in the country continues to call for the racing industry to perform thorough research before it continues with its plan to lower the testing threshold for phenylbutazone.

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.

Drug Uniformity Remains Somewhat Elusive

Though studies have been completed to determine threshold levels for almost 20 therapeutic medications, it doesn't mean the industry will know for certain whether the drugs can impact equine performance.

Drug Testing Task Force to Be Formed

Moving forward with its initiative to significantly change the structure of drug testing in U.S. horse racing, the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) board of directors has approved the formation of a committee to oversee the implementation of the Drug Testing Initiative (DTI) Task Force recommendations on quality assurance and laboratory accreditation programs for U.S. horse racing drug testing laboratories.

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