An organization formed to represent the interests of racetrack veterinarians has become proactive in the area of research into therapeutic medications and continues to make its case that vets should be part of drug reform.
Delta Downs Racetrack Casino & Hotel Feb. 8 said it will ban horses from New Mexico and Arizona due to the recent outbreak of equine herpesvirus in those states.
The National HBPA Feb. 6 said it plans to help fund research to develop administration and testing guidelines that could be incorporated into the Controlled Therapeutic Medication Schedule.
Achieving true uniformity in equine medication and testing goes well beyond basic adoption of model rules, according to attorneys, horsemen, and veterinarians who picked apart the current system Feb. 5.
The ARCI plans an industry congress for the end of this year to develop consensus on equine medication and testing given its belief Congress won't be anywhere close to acting on legislation introduced last year.
A recent update of the equine herpesvirus outbreak in New Mexico revealed 49 horses have been confirmed to have the virus, 20 barns have been quarantined, and six horses have been euthanized.
An anti-doping task force in Ireland has issued recommendations designed to combat use of illegal drugs in racing and breeding and strengthen testing programs.
The Jockeys' Guild will continue efforts to raise awareness and develop the best treatment for rider concussions when it meets for its annual assembly Feb. 15-17 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Fla.
Turf Paradise in Arizona is the second racetrack in the Southwest to enact a quarantine because of equine herpesvirus. Live racing continues at the Phoenix track, though no horses may enter or leave the grounds.
Production of quality horse feed has evolved into a combination of natural ingredients and science. And just because a product is widely accepted doesn't mean it's not under regular review.
Oaklawn Park has banned from its grounds all horses from New Mexico and Arizona because of the recent equine herpesvirus outbreaks in those states, Oaklawn director of Racing David Longinotti announced Jan. 28.
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New York regulators have given final approval to several equine drug rules, including a new system of minimum penalties for repeat drug violators.
On the mend since a bone chip was discovered and removed in her ankle last October, Reddam Racing's Gomo should be returning to track soon for trainer Doug O'Neill.
Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino in New Mexico has suspended live racing for at least 14 days in the wake of confirmation of neurotropic equine herpesvirus in five racehorses.
Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino confirmed one horse on its grounds has tested positive for equine herpesvirus Jan. 21, forcing quarantine at the New Mexico racetrack.
Thoroughbred Charities of America was named the charitable beneficiary of the Thoroughbred Club of America's annual holiday giving campaign.
Ocala Stud and the Florida Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Association (FTBOA) have joined Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. in committing to donate $10,000 to the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation's Ocala Initiative.
An examination of horses trained by Kirk Ziadie involved in 18 clenbuterol positives in Florida in 2012 and 2013, points to the negative impact on horsemen who compete against a trainer breaking the rules.
The Delaware Thoroughbred Racing Commission Jan. 13 upheld a decision by its board of stewards to suspend trainer Ramon Preciado 21 days and fine him $1,500 for a pair of clenbuterol positives last summer.
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The Maryland Jockey Club has enacted a house rule for the Laurel Park meet that requires trainers of claimed horses to report joint injections administered in the previous 30 days.
A study designed to determine the levels of exercise-industry pulmonary hemorrhage in 2-year-olds racing in South Florida is complete, but the data won't be released until a scientific paper is published after peer review.
A deal has been reached between regulators and New York Thoroughbred industry interests for payments to a fund that provides workers' compensation payments for injured jockeys, apprentice jockeys, and exercise riders.
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Disabled jockey Michael Straight will raise awareness in the advancements of treating paralysis by walking into the winner's circle at Gulfstream Park Jan. 3 with the help of a bionic exoskeleton.
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Kentucky attorney general finds KHRC lacked authority to allow Lasix-free races, which could hinder Keeneland's plans to conduct such events in 2016.
The Jockey Club and Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation announced that the seventh Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit will be held June 28, 2016, in Lexington.
The pre-race protocol of Thoroughbreds racing at Remington Park in 2016 will include a quick stop on a scale where their weight will be recorded and that information will be provided to the public before the race.
A Florida administrative law judge has recommended South Florida-based trainer Kirk Ziadie have his racing license suspended for six years and be fined $18,000 for repeated clenbuterol violations in 2012, 2013, and 2014.
The Association of Racing Commissioners International on Thursday, Dec. 17 announced that its Uniform Classification Guidelines for Foreign Substances and Recommended Penalties and Model Rule has been updated.
NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance calls on tracks to work with their state regulators to make sure testing standards are up to par.
When undefeated 3-year-old filly Lady Eli jogged 1 1/8 miles Dec. 15 at Palm Meadows Training Center, it represented yet another stage in her courageous journey back from a case of laminitis.
Development of a central rule-making process for uniform medication policies and related implementation will be the 2016 focus for the Association of Racing Commissioners International.
A participant and audience member in a panel on "Fixing Racing," the final panel of the Global Symposium on Racing and Gaming, echoed the same sentiment: Cooperation is key in building integrity.
- By Frank Angst
- Thoroughbred Racing, International, Handicapping, Horse Health, West Region, Southwest Region
The four finalists to present their ideas during the Innovators' Circle, which offers a $15,000 prize, offered ideas in technology to prevent breakdowns, a multi-race wager, a jackpot game, and micro-ownership in horses.
- By Frank Angst
- Horse Health, International, Thoroughbred Breeding, Thoroughbred Racing, Southwest Region, West Region
The emphasis will be on new ideas when many racing industry leaders gather in Tucson, Ariz., Dec. 7-9 for the University of Arizona Racetrack Industry Program's Global Symposium on Racing and Gaming.
The National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association is the latest organization to endorse the American Horse Council's Welfare Code of Practice, the AHC reported Dec. 3.
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.
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