Horse Health

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  • 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.

  • Turf racing at Santa Anita Park

    Third-Party Lasix Clears Final Hurdle in California

    A nearly five-year effort to require the third-party administration of Lasixin California came to fruition June 2, when the state's Office of Administrative Law signed off on a proposal the California Horse Racing Board approved in April.

  • Humane Society, PETA Support USADA Bill

    Both the Humane Society of the United States and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals voiced support for re-introduced legislation that would give USADA oversight of medication issues and drug testing in horse racing.

  • CHRB Approves Medication Conditions for Breeders' Cup

    In the aftermath of Masochistic's disqualification from the 2016 TwinSpires Breeders' Cup Sprint (G1), Del Mar and the Breeders' Cup asked the California Horse Racing Board May 25 for permission to avoid such an event in the 2017 World Championships.

  • Congressman Andy Barr at last week's Pan American conference

    Congressmen Say Federal Bill Targets Lack of Uniformity

    In re-introducing federal legislation that would give the United States Anti-Doping Agency oversight of medication issues and drug testing in horse racing, Congressmen Paul Tonko and Andy Barr emphasized the need for uniformity in medication rules.

  • Ensuring the safe, reliable compounding of drugs is the aim of a new Kentucky regulation

    Three Years Later, Wickliffe Case Brings Rule Change

    Three years after the deaths of horses in Kentucky and Florida were linked to a Lexington compounding pharmacy, the Kentucky Board of Pharmacy strengthened its regulation of the industry in a move it hopes will protect animal—and human—lives.

  • Arthur Hancock, Frank Stronach, Staci Hancock, and USADA CEO Travis Tygart April 24 in Lexington

    Stronach Group Supports Bill to Bring in USADA

    A pair of U.S. Congressmen plan to re-introduce legislation that would aim for uniform medication standards in horse racing by giving the USADA oversight of equine drug polices, and that legislation is supported by The Stronach Group.

  • Track Superintendents Conference Scheduled for June

    Biosecurity, racetrack geometry, and best-practice turf management are among topics to be discussed at the 16th annual Track Superintendents Conference, set for June 11-13 at Canterbury Park in Shakopee, Minn., near Minneapolis. 

  • Racing regulators want to place more investigators on the backstretch

    Regulators Discuss Adding Backstretch Investigators

    In an era where some states have faced cuts to their budgets, racing regulators talked April 19 about creative ways to place more investigators on the backstretch as a way of discovering wrongdoing and deterring future bad behavior.

  • Robert O'Neil (left) and Scott Palmer discuss veterinary records

    Vet Records Benefit Regulators, Horsemen

    In a panel on veterinary records April 18 at the ARCI conference, several veterinarians who oversee such records programs said the benefits for safety, integrity, regulatory research, and horsemen far outweigh concerns of privacy.

  • Ed Martin

    Regulatory Conference This Week in Charleston

    Many of the country's leading regulators will listen to panels and presentations on drug testing and enforcement, policing of the backstretch, and promotion of the sport when they gather this week in Charleston, S.C.

  • Upcoming New Bolton Lecture Focuses on Laminitis

    Dr. Andrew van Eps, Associate Professor of Equine Musculoskeletal Research at New Bolton Center, will discuss different approaches for successful prevention and treatment of laminitis, as part of the First Tuesday Lecture series May 2. 

  • Health Zone: 03-18-17

    Health Zone: AAEP Convention Coverage

    This past December more than 5,400 veterinarians, students, and industry members from 48 countries convened in Orlando, Fla., for five days of continuing education at the 2016 American Association of Equine Practitioners annual convention.

  • Healthzone: 02-25-17

    Health Zone: Dealing with Premature Foals

    Occasionally a mare will foal too early, and the foal arrives prematurely. Foals born at less than 320 days’ gestation are considered premature, and chances for survival decrease considerably if a foal comes earlier than 300 days.

  • Dr. Andy Roberts

    Out-of-Competition Rule Examined at HBPA Convention

    Dr. Andy Roberts, speaking March 11 at the National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association's convention, said an out-of-competition rule approved by the Association of Racing Commissioners International could have unintended impact.

  • Grayson-Jockey Club Approves Record Research Budget

    Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation's board of directors has approved a 2017 budget of $1,483,542 to fund 11 new equine research projects, eight renewing two-year studies, and two career development awards. 

  • Texas A&M Names Lamb Head of Animal Science

    Dr. Cliff Lamb has been named department head for animal science at Texas A&M University in College Station, according to Dr. Mark Hussey, vice chancellor and dean for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

  • Trainer Jamie Ness

    Florida Consent Order Sees Ness Suspended 100 Days

    Trainer Jamie Ness will serve a 100-day suspension and pay a $4,800 fine in a settlement with Florida that resolves a dozen post-race test positives for the bronchodilator Clenbuterol dating from December 2012-March 2014.

  • Kentucky Rescinds Dextrophan Positives

    Citing research that suggests the metabolite of Dextromethorphan can stay in a horse's system at a wider variance of time than previously realized, the KHRC earlier this year dropped sanctions in three cases where the metabolite was discovered.

  • Otabek Umarov

    Under Agreement, Trainer Umarov Suspended Five Years

    The KHRC on Feb. 21 settled its case against Otabek Umarov, suspending the trainer for five years in a case involving Umarov's refusal to allow an out-of-competition sample to be collected from Looks to Spare on April 30, 2016 at Churchill Downs.

  • Fair Grounds Scenic

    Final Horses Out of Isolation at Fair Grounds

    The final horses remaining in the testing protocols for the equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) outbreak at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots have returned two negative tests and have been released back into the general horse population on the backstretch.