Protocol in the testing of equine hair samples was the focus of a racing chemist's workshop organized by the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium and held at the University of California-Davis.
The RMTC Tactical Research Committee has reviewed data from laboratory analysis of the two substances of concern in racing that have been marketed as powerfully effective drugs: "Purple Pain" and "TB-500."
The University of California-Davis Kenneth L. Maddy Laboratory and HFL Sport Science in Lexington became the first two fully accredited laboratories under the RMTC Laboratory Accreditation program June 11.
Officials said all blood and urine samples collected from horses that competed in the Nov. 6-7 Breeders' Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Park have come back clean.
The California Horse Racing Board takes over testing for bicarbonate levels in racehorses Oct. 19, meaning that, in addition to an ongoing detention barn program for offenders, licensees whose horses exceed allowed levels for alkalizing substances face automatic purse forfeiture as well as possible fines and suspensions.
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