Supporters of federal legislation that would give USADA oversight of drug testing in Thoroughbred racing will face opposition from lawmakers who have proposed legislation with seemingly similar goals in Washington.
A bipartisan bill introduced July 16 in the U.S. House of Representatives would see the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency create an independent organization for oversight of medication issues in horse racing.
A Salix-free race proved so popular at the entry box Wednesday that the over-subscribed field of 2-year-old fillies was split into two races for Saturday's program at Gulfstream Park.
In its annual report released July 15, the NTRA noted strides it made in the past fiscal year to work with horseplayers to improve horse racing.
According to the California Horse Racing Board, there were only four Class 1, 2, or 3 medication violations in the state during the 2014-2015 fiscal year, the lowest number in at least 40 years.
One of the reasons Dr. Larry Bramlage believes trainers are handling cases of lameness better than ever before is because they realize that rather than being the problem, it signals a problem.
Mick Peterson would like to see more tracks document information on their racing surfaces and coordinate that information with data from the Equine Injury Database to improve safety for horses and riders.
Officials that crunch the numbers for the Equine Injury Database believe there is now a 65% predictability model when it comes to fatal injuries on the racetrack, but it could be higher with more information.
While the Jockey Injury Database has seen increased participation in the past year, supporters of the database said increased support is critical for generating meaningful numbers.
The Indiana Horse Racing Commission believes Truesdail Laboratories missed seven positives, including a Class I drug, in just 26 days of handling drug tests for the state.
- By BloodHorse Staff
- Breeders' Cup, Horse Health, Kentucky, Off Track Thoroughbreds, Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association
The Retired Racehorse Project and Thoroughbred Charities of America jointly announced July 7 that TCA will be title sponsor of the Thoroughbred Makeover and National Symposium Oct. 23-25 at Kentucky Horse Park.
The relationship between the United States Department of Agriculture and the horse industry was a focal point of the recent American Horse Council convention in Washington, D.C.
The sixth Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit, scheduled for July 8, will be streamed live in its entirety. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held at the Keeneland sale pavilion.
With the latest Thoroughbred racing rule changes now in place, West Virginia has now fully adopted the National Uniform Medication Program.
Dr. Jerry Black was elected chairman of the board of trustees of the American Horse Council, while Jim Gagliano, president and chief operating officer of The Jockey Club, was elected vice chairman.
Thoroughbred Charities of America has announced the recipients of its Award of Merit honored at breeders associations' awards ceremonies in June.
The Kentucky Thoroughbred Association and Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders have joined the Coalition for Horse Racing Integrity.
The Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association said June 23 it will join the Coalition for Horse Racing Integrity, a group that supports federal legislation that would authorize oversight of equine medication.
The Breeders' Cup announced that Hagyard Equine Medical Institute is an official partner of the Breeders' Cup World Championships in the equine first response unit category.
Thoroughbred Charities of America announced it has awarded grants totaling $511,650 to 67 Thoroughbred industry-related non-profits that work to uphold TCA's mission.
In an effort to enhance equine welfare, health and safety and overall horsemanship skills, the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation will offer free, online horsemanship courses.
The second day of the inaugural Pan American Conference focused on medication policy and reform.
Three members of Congress June 4 introduced legislation to regulate equine medication and drug testing--but it's not the same bill proposed by U.S. Rep. Paul Tonko of New York.
- By BloodHorse Staff
- Thoroughbred Racing, Thoroughbred Breeding, International, Thoroughbred Sales, Horse Health, Northeast Region
More than 300 representatives from 27 countries will converge upon New York City for two days of business presentations focusing on the sport of Thoroughbred racing as part of the Pan American Conference.
Breeders' Cup June 1 said it has extended its out-of-competition drug testing program to include the Breeders' Cup Challenge Series, which offers winners automatic berths in the World Championships.
The Kentucky Equine Drug Research Council will advise the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission to adopt policies on the mineral cobalt in line with a Racing Medication and Testing Consortium recommendation.
The Kentucky Horse Council, in partnership with Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, will hold a large animal emergency rescue training session May 30.
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The Indiana Horse Racing Commission has terminated its contract with Truesdail Laboratory after the regulator says the Tustin, Calif., facility failed to report positive findings in three samples
- By Evan Hammonds
- Thoroughbred Racing, Triple Crown, Horse Health, Midwest Region, Off Track Thoroughbreds
Irish Tom, a 25-year-old son from the last crop of '65 Preakness winner Tom Rolfe, is a stable pony for Canadian trainer Myckie Neubauer and a riding horse for 11-year-old Julia Ezra.
Hope's Love, a full-sister to 2014 Horse of the Year California Chrome, was scheduled to make her career debut May 15 at Golden Gate Fields, but will be scratched, trainer Steve Sherman said May 13.
F and F Stable's Best Play failed drug tests in back-to-back starts for trainer Luis Miranda in late 2014 and early 2015, a circumstance New York's state steward said he can't recall ever previously happening.
The British Horseracing Authority May 12 announced the addition of Sweden to the list of racing nations whose runners in Great Britain are exempt from pre-race sampling requirements.
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Racing New South Wales announced earlier in May that it has strengthened its drug detection processes by purchasing AUS$1.5 million in new equipment able to screen for more than 8,000 different types of drugs.
Horses hoping to ship from Turf Paradise to California racetracks and other facilities in the state will be denied access because of a horse that was confirmed to have vesicular stomatitis at the Phoenix, Ariz., track.
Beholder has been scratched from the May 9 Vanity Stakes (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park because of an illness that appears similar to the one that took her out of the Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) last year.
A May 6 vote to change the recommended testing threshold for the anti-bleeding medication furosemide when it is administered 24 hours before a race triggered another debate and posed more questions.
Williamson's responsibilities will include equine health issues, welfare issues, and state, federal, and international requirements regarding the movement of horses.
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The three-day clinic, sponsored by Blood-Horse, will feature trips to Stonestreet Farm, Darley, Valkyre Stud, and Hagyard Equine Medical Institute.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced May 1 that Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack has earned re-accreditation from the NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance.
The American Horse Council said the theme for this year's National Issues Forum, scheduled for June 16 in Washington, D.C., as part of its annual convention, is "Protecting and Promoting the Horse."
Kentucky Horse Racing Commission general counsel Susan Speckert outlined industry challenges regarding testing labs April 29 at the National Conference on Equine Law in Lexington.
The Ohio State Racing Commission announced April 28 it will partner with Ohio State University on what it called a "comprehensive" study on the mineral cobalt and its potential effects on racehorses.
Racetrack veterinarians told the Ohio State Racing Commission April 28 they support uniform medication policies, but because their top priority is the welfare of the racehorse, the state's rules should remain in place.
Planet Fitness Louisville and Churchill Downs announced April 28 that enhanced fitness options for the jockeys who compete at the racetrack will be added.
Owner Bill Casner hasn't wavered since his 2011 decision to race his Thoroughbreds without the widely used diuretic furosemide, or Salix (Lasix).
The Association of Racing Commissioners International will put out for comment a broad equine welfare proposal that would sanction anyone found to have used excessive amounts of substances to the detriment of racehorses.
The Association of Racing Commissioners International board of directors April 23 approved a testing threshold level and penalties for the mineral cobalt, a naturally occurring substance in racehorses.
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