The British Horseracing Authority May 12 announced the addition of Sweden to the list of racing nations whose runners in Great Britain are exempt from pre-race sampling requirements.
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Racing New South Wales announced earlier in May that it has strengthened its drug detection processes by purchasing AUS$1.5 million in new equipment able to screen for more than 8,000 different types of drugs.
Horses hoping to ship from Turf Paradise to California racetracks and other facilities in the state will be denied access because of a horse that was confirmed to have vesicular stomatitis at the Phoenix, Ariz., track.
Beholder has been scratched from the May 9 Vanity Stakes (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park because of an illness that appears similar to the one that took her out of the Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) last year.
A May 6 vote to change the recommended testing threshold for the anti-bleeding medication furosemide when it is administered 24 hours before a race triggered another debate and posed more questions.
Williamson's responsibilities will include equine health issues, welfare issues, and state, federal, and international requirements regarding the movement of horses.
The three-day clinic, sponsored by Blood-Horse, will feature trips to Stonestreet Farm, Darley, Valkyre Stud, and Hagyard Equine Medical Institute.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced May 1 that Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack has earned re-accreditation from the NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance.
The American Horse Council said the theme for this year's National Issues Forum, scheduled for June 16 in Washington, D.C., as part of its annual convention, is "Protecting and Promoting the Horse."
Kentucky Horse Racing Commission general counsel Susan Speckert outlined industry challenges regarding testing labs April 29 at the National Conference on Equine Law in Lexington.
The Ohio State Racing Commission announced April 28 it will partner with Ohio State University on what it called a "comprehensive" study on the mineral cobalt and its potential effects on racehorses.
Racetrack veterinarians told the Ohio State Racing Commission April 28 they support uniform medication policies, but because their top priority is the welfare of the racehorse, the state's rules should remain in place.
Planet Fitness Louisville and Churchill Downs announced April 28 that enhanced fitness options for the jockeys who compete at the racetrack will be added.
Owner Bill Casner hasn't wavered since his 2011 decision to race his Thoroughbreds without the widely used diuretic furosemide, or Salix (Lasix).
The Association of Racing Commissioners International will put out for comment a broad equine welfare proposal that would sanction anyone found to have used excessive amounts of substances to the detriment of racehorses.
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.
An April 22 discussion on anti-doping programs around the world revealed several common issues, including a need for financial resources and dealing with highly-sensitive testing equipment.
Successful Kentucky-based trainer Kellyn Gorder is facing major sanctions after one of his horses tested positive for methamphetamine in November at Churchill Downs.
Prominent equine veterinarian Dr. Gary T. Priest has joined the Water Hay Oats Alliance, noting that he favors therapeutic medications for horses, but agrees they should be discontinued several days before a horse races.
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