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  • ARCI Calling for Oversight of Sales, Breeding

    The Association of Racing Commissioners International is calling for additional oversight of public sales and breeding by either state commissions or a new independent entity. Sale company executives defended their operations and integrity.

  • Iowa State to Study Equine Anticancer Immunotherapeutic

    NovaVive Inc., an animal health immunobiology company, today announced that its anticancer immunotherapeutic for horses will be evaluated in a clinical study at Iowa State University (ISU) College of Veterinary Medicine. 

  • Jay Cash poses with Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming Nov. 28 at WinStar Farm as part of a fundraiser for the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation

    Grayson-Jockey Club Research Gets WinStar Boost

    WinStar Farm opened up the doors to its stallion barn and also showed off this year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) winner Always Dreaming as part of a benefit for the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation Nov. 28.

  • Mare from Borell Case Begins Treatment at Park Equine

    A Thoroughbred mare the Kentucky Equine Humane Center received via Thoroughbred Charities of America in 2016 as one of the herd seized from Charles Borell and Maria Borell will enter Park Equine Hospital in Versailles, Ky. for treatment Nov. 28.

  • Health Zone: 11-11-17

    Health Zone: Correcting Crooked Legs in Foals

    Many foals are born with some degree of angular limb deformity. Most common are knees too close together (carpal valgus), with fetlock joints wide apart. Next common is bowlegged at the knees (carpal varus), with fetlock joints too close together.

  • NYTHA president Rick Violette Jr.

    NYTHA Says Split Sample Program Has Started

    In a release sent to members, the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association said a split sample program for horsemen racing at New York Racing Association tracks started with opening day of the Aqueduct Racetrack fall meet Nov. 3.

  • Andy Barr

    Horseracing Integrity Act Reaches 100 Co-Sponsors

    H.R. 2651, the Horseracing Integrity Act of 2017, introduced by Congressman Andy Barr (R-KY) and Congressman Paul Tonko (D-NY) now has the support of 100 members of the House of Representatives.  

  • Del Mar Earns NTRA Safety Reaccreditation

    The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) announced today that the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, host site for Friday and Saturday's Breeders' Cup World Championships, has earned reaccreditation from the NTRA Safety & Integrity Alliance.

  • Unprecedented Drug Testing Ahead of Breeders' Cup

    With a new six-month withdrawal time in place for all anabolic steroids and a ramped-up out-of-competition testing program, Breeders' Cup has made integrity changes that have received international praise ahead of this year's World Championships.

  • Free Online Course Offered on Colic Prevention

    Equine Guelph announces the free offering of the new 'Gut Health & Colic Prevention' online course to the first 50 grooms and trainers to register from each racing sector in Ontario: Standardbred, Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing.

  • Kentucky to Examine Drug Levels in Racing Environment

    The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission on Oct. 17 approved $25,000 of Equine Drug Research Council funds for an analytical study to examine the levels of regulated substances—and other substances—found in the racetrack environment.

  • Jockey Club chairman Stuart S. Janney III

    Janney Stands by Criticism of Pennsylvania

    A request by the Pennsylvania Dept. of Agriculture for Stuart Janney III to retract his recent criticisms of the Pennsylvania State Horse Racing Commission saw the Jockey Club chairman reiterate his disapproval Oct. 17.

  • Salientito, one of eight horses who have started quarantine to go back to the mainland

    Retired Puerto Rico Runners Start Journey to Mainland

    Eight retired Thoroughbreds from Puerto Rico started their United States Department of Agriculture-required eight-day quarantine Oct. 11, the first step on their journey to the contiguous United States, according to Caribbean Thoroughbred Aftercare. 

  • Jockeys' Guild chairman John Velazquez

    Jockeys' Guild Stops Short of Supporting HRIA

    While the Jockeys' Guild agrees that improved uniform regulation of equine medication and drug testing is needed in the sport, the organization has too many concerns with the Horse Racing Integrity Act of 2017 to support the legislation.

  • Hipodromo Camarero after Hurricane Maria

    Industry Groups Working to Send Aid to Camarero

    Various equine industry groups are currently working together with the Humane Society of the United States to form a plan of action to provide aid to horses in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria hit the island Sept. 20. 

  • Graham Motion's legal battle over a 2015 methocarbamol positive will continue

    KHRC Appeals Ruling in Motion Methocarbamol Case

    The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission Sept. 12 filed a notice of appeal in the Kentucky Court of Appeals of a Franklin (Ky.) Circuit Court's decision that overturned a methocarbamol positive against trainer Graham Motion.

  • RMTC, Horsemen React to Kentucky Court Decision

    With a Kentucky judge agreeing with many concerns about equine medication and testing policies raised in recent years by horsemen, the industry group that shapes that policy—the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium—defended its approach.

  • ARCI president Ed Martin

    Changes Allow for Stiffer Drug Violation Sanctions

    An Association of Racing Commissioners International change to its model rules calls for stewards in Thoroughbred racing to have the ability to disqualify a horse and deny a purse for medication violations that rank lower on the risk of concern.

  • Barbara Banke speaks at The Jockey Club Round Table

    Optimism for Horseracing Integrity Act at Round Table

    The 65th annual Round Table Conference on Matters Pertaining to Racing Aug. 13 in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., closed out with an update and a rally cry for legislation that would overhaul oversight of horse racing’s drug testing and medication rules.

  • James Gagliano at the Jockey Club Round Table in 2016

    Timely Issues on Tap at This Year's Round Table

    The old "Law & Order" television program used to promote its shows as being "ripped from the headlines," which also serves as a description of this year's Round Table Conference on Matters Pertaining to Racing.

  • A box for completed Lasix cards at Belmont Park

    New York Discusses Race-Day Lasix Rules

    With one regulator openly worrying that the racing industry is "breeding bleeders," the New York State Gaming Commission is moving to take a fresh look at possible new rules governing the future use of furosemide.

  • Miss Inclusive finishes first in 2016 Parx Oaks

    Industry Groups Ask for Change in Parx Oaks Ruling

    Raising concerns about the sport's integrity and potential long-term impact on future assessments by breeders and buyers, major industry groups are requesting the Pennsylvania regulator change its decision to recognize two winners of the Parx Oaks.