Keyword: drugs

  • Kentucky Equine Drug Council Forms Committees

    In the wake of controversy concerning its new medication regulations, the Kentucky Equine Drug Research Council has formed two standing sub-committees to oversee the next phase of integrating the new race-day medication regulations. The two new committees, which will report back to the council, are charged with developing medication withdrawal guidelines and better defining permissible medications.

  • Evidence Heard in Cocaine Case in New South Wales

    Racing New South Wales stewards opened an inquiry on Monday into the analyst's finding of benzoylecgonine, a metabolite of cocaine, in the urine sample taken from the 3-year-old filly Love You Honey, who finished unplaced in race seven April 25, 2005, at Gosford Racecourse in Australia.

  • Dickinson Surprised by Flunixin Positive

    Trainer Michael Dickinson said he is surprised that one of his horses, Lofty Call, tested positive for Flunixin at Belmont Park last summer, and that the stewards in the case "were fair and understanding."

  • Medication Consortium Recommends Owners Fee

    The Racing Medication and Testing Consortium is recommending owners pay a $5 fee to fund research to develop threshold levels and withdrawal times for therapeutic medications.

  • Board Upholds Dutrow's Suspension, Fine

    Prominent New York trainer Richard E. Dutrow Jr. must serve a 45-day suspension and pay a $3,000 fine for an equine drug positive, the New York State Racing and Wagering Board ruled Tuesday.

  • THG Not Considered Problem in Racing

    Tetrahydrogestrinone, a new designer steroid that has rocked human athletics in recent months, has been duly placed on the radar of North American racing. But there are no plans to take action against the potential performance-enhancer, racing officials said.

  • Ray Paulick<br>Editor-in-Chief

    Detention for Prevention

    <i>By Ray Paulick</i> -- What price in fighting drugs is unreasonable if the result is increased integrity of the sport?

  • Trainer: Freeze Post-Race Samples for Future Testing

    A formal Royal trainer is the latest in Great Britain to propose the Jockey Club freeze post-race samples from group stakes events to protect against new designer drugs that cannot be tested.

  • Report: EPO Antibodies Found in Texas Horses

    Two horses that raced at Lone Star Park April 13 tested positive for erythropoietin (EPO) antibodies, which brings the total number of horses to test positive in Texas this year to eight.

  • Suspend the Horses

    <i>By Gary West</i> -- Positive tests detecting the presence of EPO antibodies in horses pose an integrity problem for racing that is far graver than the Breeders' Cup Ultra Pick 6 scam.

  • Ray Paulick&lt;br&gt;Editor-in-Chief

    Bad Medicine

    <i>By Ray Paulick </i> -- Progress continues in the areas of medication and drug-testing, and those involved in the process should not let a "lack of easy answers" stand in their way.

  • Ray Paulick&lt;br&gt;Editor-in-Chief

    Race to the Wire

    <i>By Ray Paulick</i> -- The battle between Elusive Quality and Distorted Humor to be leading freshman sire in North America could be decided in a hearing room of the Jockey Club of England next month.

  • Contamination Blamed for UK, Irish Morphine Positives

    The regulatory bodies for racing in England and Ireland said in a joint statement they are "gravely concerned" over 20 test samples that screened positive for morphine taken from horses racing in those two countries in recent days.

  • Drysdale Suspended, Flying Dash DQ'd from Hawthorne Derby

    Hall of Fame trainer Neil Drysdale was suspended by Illinois stewards and Flying Dash disqualified from his win in the May 11 Hawthorne Derby (gr. IIIT) after a sample from Flying Dash tested positive for clenbuterol and promazine sulfoxide.

  • RCI Issues New Drug Classifications

    The Association of Racing Commissioners International has classified or reclassified 46 foreign substances and has listed the administration of Erythropoietin, or EPO, as a prohibited practice at the recommendation of its Drug Testing Standards and Practices Committee.

  • Olympian Task

    <i> By Barry Irwin </i> -- If you want to know which illegal drugs might appear next in horse racing, consider that every drug which has found its way into horse racing was first used in track and field or cycling.

  • Jockey Gerard Melancon.

    Crackdown: Rider Gerard Melancon Wins Race Against Addiction

    Addiction to crack cocaine can cost you your job, your family, and sometimes your life. Just ask jockey Gerard Melancon, who came close to losing the whole package. Melancon, currently vying for the top spot among riders at Fair Grounds, tumbled as far as a man can fall since his heady days of early stardom nearly 20 years ago.

  • Trainer Mendoza Cleared in Medication Case

    A board of three stewards at Santa Anita Park ruled that no penalty should be assessed against trainer Jesus (Jesse) Mendoza for a morphine positive found in a horse he trained in June, 2000. The Jan. 10 ruling stated that Mendoza had "mitigated the circumstances of the charge."

  • Text of Racehorse Medication Summit Report

    The attached list of racing organizations and officials were invited to attend a one-day workshop for the purpose of determining if agreement could be reached as to the need for a uniform policy for racehorse medication in the United States, and if so, where agreement can be reached on elements of such a policy. The workshop consisted of two segments: a two-hour open session briefing by experts on topics pertinent to the purpose of the Summit, and an intensive seven-hour workshop for the invited representatives which was conducted by a professional facilitator from outside the racing industry.

  • Jockey Patrick Valenzuela.

    Valenzuela Gets First Victory in Comeback

    Troubled rider Patrick Valenzuela scored his first victory in nearly two years at Santa Anita on Monday, winning the third race aboard Rich Musique for owners David and Holly Wilson and trainer Vladimir Cerin.

  • Valenzuela Second With First Mount in Comeback

    In his first ride in a competitive race since February 2000, jockey Pat Valenzuela rode 17-1 shot Fall For Me to a second-place finish in the fourth race on Santa Anita's opening-day card Wednesday.

  • Summit Comes Down to Time and Money

    In the aftermath of Tuesday's Racehorse Medication Summit, it was all about time and money. Participants said they wouldn't have much more to say until the official minutes of the meeting are released, and that the success of any proposal hinges on a funding mechanism.

  • Industry Hopes For Starting Point on Drugs

    Racing industry participants expressed hope Tuesday morning that a five-hour facilitated session on medication would at least serve as a starting point toward uniformity. No one expected radical changes in current policies that vary by jurisdiction in the United States.

  • Approaching the Gate

    <i>By Dr. C. Wayne McIlwraith</i> -- The industry wants horse racing to increase in popularity and achieve the status of a major league sport. The time is right for us all to come together and reach consensus on medication issues.

  • AAEP Prepared for Medication Summit

    The American Association of Equine Practitioners has spent many hours over the past year getting ready for the Dec. 4 medication summit that will be part of the University of Arizona Race Track Industry Program's Symposium on Racing. "We hope for the first time to bring together key stakeholders in the racing industry to specifically discuss racehorse medication," said Dr. Wayne McIlwraith, 2001 president of the AAEP.

  • Ray Paulick&lt;br&gt;Editor-in-Chief

    All Together Now

    <i>By Ray Paulick</i> -- What we may have by year's end are as many as a half-dozen proposals for medication.

  • THA Prepares 'Comprehensive' Medication Report

    The Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association hopes to release a sweeping national medication and drug-testing proposal either before or during the University of Arizona Symposium on Racing, which begins Dec. 4. It would become the second major horsemen's group to issue a medication proposal this fall.

  • National HBPA Hopes to Push Drug-Testing Needle

    In a proactive measure, the National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association issued a proposal for national drug-testing and therapeutic medication policies for substances known to affect the performance of racehorses. The organization hopes to generate dialogue in the industry before the American Association of Equine Practitioners' medication summit Dec. 4 in Arizona.

  • Drug Testing Report: It's Just the Beginning

    The National Thoroughbred Racing Association's Racing Integrity and Drug Testing Task Force report, to be released Sunday, may be the tip of the iceberg, officials said Saturday during a teleconference that originated in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

  • Positive Tests Lead CHRB to Warn Trainers About Herbal Products

    An undisclosed number of positive tests for the Class 3 drugs phenylpropanoloamine and norpseudoephedrine has prompted the California Horse Racing Board to urge trainers to scrutinize any herbal products or food supplements they feed their horses. Fifteen trainers were notified on Aug. 9 by the board, asking them to avoid a specific herbal product.

  • Superior Court Judge Gives Baffert Stay of Suspension

    Trainer Bob Baffert received a stay of the 60-day suspension he was given last Sunday by California Horse Racing Board stewards as a result of a positive test for trace levels of morphine in Nautical Look, a Baffert-trained runner who won a maiden race at Hollywood Park last May 3.

  • Drug Task Force to Discuss 'Super Testing' Results

    More than 700 samples have been reviewed through the National Thoroughbred Racing Association's "super testing" program, with another 1,100 on the way before an Aug. 1 deadline. But in the absence of national equine medication rules, the "calling of positives" will depend upon the jurisdiction.

  • Rash of Positives for Human Drug Clonidine Reported in Nebraska

    A human drug used to treat high blood pressure, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, and addictive behavior has been detected in at least 10 post-race samples of horses racing in Nebraska recently, and sources say the number of positive tests could double in the coming weeks. Seven trainers have been notified by the Nebraska Racing Commission that their horses tested positive for Clonidine, which drug testing experts say can have both a calming and analgesic effect on horses and is closely related to Romifidine and Guanabenz, two drugs suspected by racing officials as being used illegally on horses.

  • Jockey Patrick Valenzuela.

    Valenzuela Denied Reinstatement of License to Ride

    The California Horse Racing Board, meeting in executive session, denied Patrick Valenzuela's license application by upholding the stewards recommendation that the 38-year-old jockey not be relicensed. However, the racing commissioners indicated Valenzuela may reapply for a license in six months if at that time he can prove that he is no longer abusing drugs or alcohol and can show proof that he has regularly attended the Winners' Foundation program without interruption for the entire six-month period.

  • Trainer Passero, Florida Reach Agreement on Positive

    Attorneys for the State of Florida Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering and trainer Frank Passero reached a settlement in the matter of a positive drug test on a Passero runner. In an administrative complaint filed last March, the Division alleged that a urine test on Hope In Private following his win Gulfstream's fifth race on Feb. 13, 2000 was found to contain Benzoylecgonine and Ecgonine Methyl Ester, both of which are metabolites of cocaine.

  • Let's Get Specific

    <i>By Kent H. Stirling</i> -- This game is "not being conducted on a level playing field, and hasn't been for years."..."I've also seen trainers practically disappear off the face of the earth after the test for clenbuterol was developed."..."Our sport is policed by a bunch of buffoons."