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  • Horse Fails Drug Tests in Consecutive Starts

    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.

  • Ohio Plans 'Comprehensive' Cobalt Study

    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.

  • Vets Address Ohio Commission on Medication

    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.

  • Broad Horse-Protection Plan Floated by RCI

    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.

  • RCI Board Approves Cobalt Regulations

    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.

  • Equine Veterinarian Priest Joins WHOA

    Prominent equine veterinarian Dr. Gary T. Priest has joined the Water Hay Oats Alliance, noting that he favors therapeutic medications for horses, but agrees they should be discontinued several days before a horse races.

  • Shared Belief

    Shared Belief Diagnosed With Hip Fracture

    Mike Smith likely saved multiple grade I winner Shared Belief from additional injury by pulling him up in the April 18 Charles Town Classic (gr. II), as diagnostic work revealed a non-displaced fracture of his right hip.

  • RMTC Committee Approves GABA Threshold

    The executive committee of the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) has approved a uniform testing threshold of 110 parts per billion (ppb) in blood for the naturally occurring amino acid gamma-aminobutyric acid.

  • Federal Bill Expected for Drug Regulation

    Racing industry officials said they again expect to see federal legislation filed this year that would authorize the United States Anti-Doping Agency to oversee equine medication and drug testing procedures.

  • U.S. Alleges Conspiracy at Penn National

    A review of federal court records outlining the criminal cases against four Penn National veterinarians reveals that the vets alledgedly followed the trainers' orders on what medications should be administered to horses.

  • Four Penn National Vets Face Federal Charges

    In a move that sounded a lot like the other shoe dropping, federal criminal charges have been filed against four racetrack veterinarians involved in treating horses at Penn National Race Course near Grantville, Pa.

  • RMTC Board Announces Cobalt Threshold

    The board of directors of the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) today announced that a uniform threshold for cobalt regulation in the U.S. was approved at its March 24 meeting at Gulfstream Park.

  • Op-Ed: U.S. Must Get Tougher on Cobalt

    Setting the testing threshold for cobalt chloride has become the challenge of racing regulators. North American racing has been well behind in its application of a satisfactory testing threshold applied across all states.

  • Ohio Begins Fact-Finding on Medication Policy

    As the Ohio State Racing Commission begins a comprehensive review of its medication rules and examines the National Uniform Medication Program, it has a hired a longtime veterinarian to consult on policies and procedures.

  • Grayson-Jockey Club Funds 19 Projects

    The board of directors of Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation has approved a budget of $1,100,500 to fund research in 2015, including 10 new projects, seven second-year projects, and two career development awards.

  • Regulation of Cobalt Slowly Moving Forward

    The Racing Medication and Testing Consortium may be close to recommending policy on the endogenous element cobalt, which when administered in high doses is believed to enhance production of red blood cells.

  • Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races

    Charles Town Continues CANTER Support

    For the seventh consecutive year, Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races is providing funding to CANTER Mid-Atlantic for the organization's ongoing program to rehabilitate and find homes for former racehorses.