Advances in Equine Drug Testing Revealed

Dr. Lawrence R. Soma of New Bolton Center will give a presentation to the public.

The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association,  trainer Michael Matz, and owners Roy and Gretchen Jackson, have invited the public to attend a presentation by Dr. Lawrence R. Soma of the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine's New Bolton Center and Dr. Scot Waterman of the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium.

The event will take place at Palm Meadows Trainers’ Lounge in Boyton Beach, Fla. March 4 at 12 p.m. Reservations are required and may be made by contacting Patricia Hall at or (610) 925-6500.

Soma and his colleagues at the Pennsylvania Equine Toxicology and Research Laboratory of West Chester, Pa. were the first to develop a method for confirmation of erythropoietin and Darbepoetin Alfa in equine plasma--substances that increase the production of red blood cells, and thereby allegedly enhancing performance. 

This laboratory also developed a method in plasma for the detection of anabolic steroids, allowing the State of Pennsylvania to be the first to move forward and ban the use of anabolic steroids. Soma will share facts about the laboratory's expertise in testing for protein-based drugs, other illegal substances, and new innovations in drug testing.
Waterman will give the RMTC's perspective on the current status of testing nationwide and how the industry needs to move forward to establish consistency and fairness in testing methods within existing legislation. 
Lunch will be served.