The first phase of an Ohio study into the effects the mineral cobalt has on horses showed that intravenous administration at high doses has detrimental effects on body systems.
A proposal designed to prevent shipment of horses from racetracks to slaughter facilities stalled Nov. 17 at the Illinois Racing Board meeting as its sponsor withdrew the plan and abruptly resigned.
Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas, during a recent trip to Texas A&M University in College Station, was recognized not only for his success on the racetrack but also for his generosity in sharing a piece of racing history.
Standardbred racetrack owner Jeff Gural Nov. 12 said track owners should take the lead in improving integrity in the horseracing industry.
New York is beginning a pilot program at Aqueduct Racetrack and Belmont Park to screen Thoroughbreds for cardiac arrhythmias with the use of a small recording device attached to a smartphone or computer.
The New York State Gaming Commission has indefinitely suspended trainer Roy Sedlacek for two positives in October at Belmont Park for AH-7921, a synthetic opioid.
The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance announced Nov. 3 that 37 aftercare organizations have earned accreditation in 2015, of which 21 were re-accredited and 16 earned accreditation for the first time.
TOBA Nov. 2 said it will become a member of the Coalition for Horse Racing Integrity and support federal legislation that would allow USADA oversight over equine medication, drug testing, and enforcement.
Breeders' Cup has again expanded its welfare, safety, and integrity protocol for this year's World Championships, with a big assist from host track Keeneland.
Organizers of the TCA Thoroughbred Makeover and National Symposium, held at the Kentucky Horse Park Oct. 23-25, called the event a success.
The furosemide industry is a $3 million annual business for Thoroughbred racing in New York state, regulators said Oct. 26, with the average horse given $500 worth of doses in a typical year.
The $8.8 million, state-of-the-art clinic will be about two miles from Indiana Grand Racing and Casino.
Kentucky Downs near Franklin, Ky., has been re-accredited by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association's Safety and Integrity Alliance.
- By Tom LaMarra
- Horse Health, Northeast Region, Midwest Region, Southeast Region, Southwest Region, West Region, Kentucky, Mid-Atlantic Region
The RMTC, which met Oct. 13, cited progress in state-by-state adoption of components of the National Uniform Medication Program and also added four drugs to the list of controlled substances.
Dr. Mick Peterson, executive director of the Racing Surfaces Testing Laboratory, was on hand at Keeneland the weekend of Oct. 10-11 to review testing and measuring procedures to ensure the safety of the dirt track.
The California Horse Racing Board Oct. 9 said limits on the amount of the trace element cobalt that can be detected in racehorses officially took effect Oct. 5.
A day after prominent trainer Graham Motion questioned the research conducted to determine the threshold level and withdrawal time for methocarbamol (Robaxin), the RMTC defended its efforts.
Keeneland said Oct. 8 it officially is in support of the Thoroughbred Horseracing Integrity Act of 2015 and has joined the Coalition for Horse Racing Integrity, a group that also supports the federal legislation.
The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission has suspended Graham Motion for five days and fined the trainer $500 for a medication overage in Bewitch Stakes (gr. IIIT) winner Kitten's Point. Motion has appealed the ruling.
The Food and Drug Administration is seeking the input of equine veterinarians in a study on ruminant and equine anti-parasitic drug use and anti-parasitic resistance.
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