There are three amendments to be considered. One would restrict veterinarian access to horses that have been entered that day except to administer furosemide and other bleeder medications. Another change would change the dosage that a test sample should contain for flunixin from 0.5 micrograms to 20 nanograms and for ketoprofen from 50 nanograms to 10 nanograms. A third revision would change authorized bleeder medication procedures.
The California Horse Racing Board has scheduled a public hearing Dec. 2 at Hollywood Park to consider amendments that would bring current regulations into line with recommendations made by the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium.The board is accepting written comments on the proposed changes, which are being advocated by the national consortium, until Nov. 22.