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  • Medication Issues Dominate KHRC Meeting

    Medication matters dominated the Aug. 18 meeting of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, which voted to change the descriptions for the drug classification schedules that are used to determine if a violation has occurred.

  • United States Rep. Paul Tonko at the Saratoga Institute on Racing, Equine, and Gaming Law conference.

    Debate Over Federal Bill Begins in Earnest

    A co-sponsor of federal legislation that would authorize oversight of equine medication and drug-testing said Congress could schedule a committee hearing on the bill this fall. Meanwhile, the debate on the bill continues.

  • TOBA Board Debates Federal Legislation

    The board of directors of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association Aug. 12 tackled the issue of whether to support the Thoroughbred Horseracing Integrity Act of 2015.

  • Views Differ on Progress in Medication Reform

    The opening panel Aug. 11 at the Saratoga Institute on Racing, Equine, and Gaming Law conference set the tone for what figures to be a continued industry battle over federal versus state-by-state regulation.

  • Matt Iuliano, executive vice president and executive director for The Jockey Club

    Necropsy Database, Vet's List Tests Proposed

    The Jockey Club Thoroughbred Safety Committee will implement a centralized database for racehorse necropsy information and has recommended all horses that come off the vet's list be subject to testing.

  • Gov. Steve Beshear

    USADA Oversight Gets Push at Round Table

    State-by-state efforts to bring about uniformity in medication policies and drug testing aren't sufficient to move the Thoroughbred industry forward speakers said Aug. 9 at The Jockey Club Round Table conference.

  • Two Paths Toward Integrity

    Marc Summers, vice president and general counsel for The Jockey Club, has prepared a side-by-side comparison of two federal bills that propose creating a national program for managing medication use in racehorses.

  • AAEP Seeks EIPH Treatment Alternatives

    The American Association of Equine Practitioners has released a "Prescription for Racing Reform" that includes "a commitment to identifying non-race day treatment alternatives for exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhage."

  • Fair Hill

    Bode Miller Hopes to Strike Gold at Fair Hill

    Gold medal winner Bode Miller has a new base for his horse racing aspirations as the celebrated alpine skier tries to bring some of the modern training techniques that helped him to the top of his sport to the Sport of Kings.

  • Health Zone: Blister Beetle Poisoning

    Blister beetle poisoning has probably been occurring for as long as horses have been fed alfalfa hay, but was not identified until a herd of horses in Oklahoma became ill in 1969 and many of them died.

  • Health Zone: Lameness - Stifle Injuries

    The stifle is a large, complex joint composed of three bones, two menisci (crescent-shaped discs of fibro-cartilage attached to the joint surface), and 14 ligaments.

  • Dr. Jack Robbins

    Grayson Meets Oak Tree Gift Challenge

    The Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation has met the $100,000 challenge gift announced by Oak Tree Racing Association in January 2015. The gift and the matching program honor Dr. Jack Robbins, who died Nov. 29, 2014.

  • Trevor McCarthy

    Jockey Trevor McCarthy Sent to Hospital

    Jockey Trevor McCarthy was transported to Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, N.J. after his mount Calypso Run clipped heels and unseated the 21-year-old journeyman in Monmouth Park's 10th race July 19.

  • Federal Lawmakers at Odds on USADA Bills

    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.

  • Bill Would Give USADA Medication Oversight

    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.

  • CHRB Sees Decrease in Drug Violations

    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.

  • Racing Surfaces Testing Laboratory executive director Mick Peterson moderating the Surfaces Panel at the Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit.

    Using Information to Improve Track Surfaces

    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.

  • Dr. Tim Parkin discusses the Equine Injury Database at the Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit at Keeneland.

    New Information 'Critical' to Injury Database

    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.

  • Veterinary Group Joins Integrity Coalition

    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.

  • TCA Awards $511,650 in Grants

    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.

  • Pan American Conference Draws a Crowd

    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.

  • KEDRC Makes Cobalt Policy Recommendation

    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.