Horse Health

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  • Racehorse Welfare and Safety Summit Scheduled

    The seventh Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit will feature a mix of updates on previous summit topics such as racing surfaces, rider safety and equine injuries and new topics including nutrition, biosecurity, and respiratory health.

  • Fonner Park Moves Forward Under Restrictions

    Racing will continue at Fonner Park this week as the Grand Island, Neb. track adjusts to a quarantine put in place after three horses tested positive for equine herpesvirus myeloencephalopathy, the neurological form of equine herpesvirus.

  • Alan Foreman

    Adoption of Penalty System Considered Key

    Of the four parts of the National Uniform Medication Program, the multiple medication violation penalty system has been adopted by the lowest number of jurisdictions. But one official April 11 said he expects that to change.

  • ROAP Chariman Hugh Gallagher

    ROAP Examines Reciprocity on Various 'Lists'

    The Racing Officials Accreditation Program hopes to make progress this year on protocol that will keep horses placed on various lists from showing up and racing at other tracks while ineligible under current guidelines.

  • 'Egregious' Levels of Cobalt Trigger Bans

    Six Standardbred trainers in New York were suspended after horses in their care registered extremely high levels of cobalt, and for three of them, the levels were so high the NYSGC issued 10-year bans per incident.

  • ARCI Adds Three April Town Hall Meetings

    ARCI has scheduled three additional "Town Hall" meetings in an effort to unify the racing industry and develop a consensus path to improve the policing of the sport and advance uniform regulatory policies.

  • Saratoga Race Course

    NYRA: Safety Push Helped Reduce Breakdowns

    The New York Racing Association March 24 credited multiple safety protocols implemented over the past several years for a catastrophic injury rate that has been lower than the average for all Equine Injury Database tracks.

  • Alan Foreman

    Foreman Believes in Science Behind Thresholds

    Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association chairman Alan Foreman is confident a 2015 decision not to pursue a medication overage case against trainer Todd Pletcher won't negatively impact the National Uniform Medication Program.

  • Ohio has conducted research on cobalt

    Ohio Adopts Cobalt Rules, to Begin Testing

    Regulations for cobalt have been adopted by the Ohio State Racing Commission, which will begin testing April 15 for the naturally occurring mineral that can adversely affect the equine health when given in large doses.

  • Alex Waldrop.

    Waldrop: Industry Can Lead on Needed Changes

    Using the recent accreditation of Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots by the NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance as an example, NTRA president Alex Waldrop said the industry can work with regulators to improve the sport.

  • Salix

    Studies on Lasix Administration Progressing

    In a presentation at the RCI conference March 23 in New Orleans, Jockey Club executive director Matt Iuliano highlighted studies examining the efficacy of administering furosemide at least 24 hours before a race.

  • Racing Medication and Testing Consortium executive director Dionne Benson

    RCI Looks at Added Out-of-Competition Testing

    Racing Medication and Testing Consortium executive director Dionne Benson said as regulators look at new, enhanced recommendations on out-of-competition testing, they're going to find policies that will work for the industry.

  • Thoroughbred Horse Racing

    Equine Fatality Rate Down 14% in 2015

    Equine Injury Database statistics show the rate of fatal injuries in Thoroughbred races dropped 14% in 2015 from the previous year. The overall rate is the lowest since the stats were first reported in 2009.

  • United States Capitol building

    Federal Medication Bill Picks Up Co-Sponsors

    Federal legislation that would grant the United States Anti-Doping Agency oversight of equine medication policy, testing, and enforcement has picked up additional sponsors in the U.S. House, officials said March 14.

  • Court Rules Against Los Alamitos Drug Rules

    The Los Angeles Superior Court determined March 10 that Los Alamitos Race Course house rules on clenbuterol and albuterol testing in Quarter Horse races violated state laws and that the CHRB should not have allowed the rules.

  • Sunland Park in New Mexico.

    Quarantine Lifted at Sunland Park

    The outbreak of equine herpesvirus that temporarily closed Sunland Park was pronounced officially over March 9 after all facilities at the New Mexico track were cleared from quarantine.

  • AQHA Suspends Penalty System Pending Review

    The American Quarter Horse Association said it remains committed to addressing misuse of medication in racing but a need for more resources has led it to suspend use of its multiple medication violation system pending review.

  • Virginia Training Center Under Quarantine

    The Thoroughbred suffering from equine herpesvirus that led to a 21-day quarantine at Payson Park Thoroughbred Training Center in Indiantown, Fla., has necessitated a similar quarantine in Virginia.

  • Payson Park Thoroughbred Training Center

    Payson Under Quarantine After EHV-1 Positive

    Nearly 500 Thoroughbreds in training at Payson Park Thoroughbred Training Center in Indiantown, Fla., will be quarantined for three weeks after a horse tested positive for Equine Herpesvirus Feb. 29.

  • A horse breezes during the Fasig-Tipton Florida Undertack Preview.

    Curlin Filly Out of Fasig-Tipton Sale

    A Curlin filly expected to be among the top offerings at the March 2 Fasig-Tipton Florida sale of 2-year-olds in training has been withdrawn after a sore shin was detected late Feb. 29.

  • RMTC Board Changes Three Drug Thresholds

    The board voted to revise thresholds for three medications on the list of controlled therapeutic substances, and recommended expanding an out-of-competition testing program that would include a list of prohibited substances.

  • Furosemide used to combat EIPH

    Alternative Means to Combat EIPH Sought

    The AAEP has identified areas it believes are central to understanding exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhage, and it hopes they determine future research into alternative methods of combating EIPH.

  • 'Jockeys and Jeans' Set for Feb. 28

    The third "Jockeys and Jeans" fundraiser for the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund is set for Feb. 28 at Gulfstream Park. About $400,000 in non-guaranteed stallion seasons are available through an online auction.

  • Entries Strong for Sunland Park's Return

    It appears that life at Sunland Park is returning to normal as the New Mexico track is prepared to race Feb. 26 for the first time in more than a month as an outbreak of equine herpesvirus appears to have abated.

  • RMTC Outlines Procedures on Drug Guidelines

    The Racing Medication and Testing Consortium Feb. 19 issued an overview of its procedures in setting withdrawal times and drug-testing threshold levels after the National HBPA said it would pursue its own research.

  • Owners Pledge Earnings to Equine Research

    Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation announced owners John Oxley, Heaven Trees, and Speedway Stables have pledged earnings to the "Share the Wins" program from potential graded stakes wins on the Kentucky Derby trail.