Waldrop: Industry Can Lead on Needed Changes: The Blood-Horse 3/24/16

By: Frank Angst 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. Speaking during the Thoroughbred racing committee meeting at the Association of Racing Commissioners International conference March

Backpedaling on Progress: The Bloodhorse 2/9/16

By: Eric Mitchell How many ways can the racing industry find to undermine its own efforts? Sadly, too many. The most recent surfaced last week when the National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association announced it wanted to pay for new research that would set thresholds and withdrawal times for 28 therapeutic medications allowed under the

Waldrop Q&A: Safety and Integrity Alliance: The Blood-Horse 9/23/15

By Frank Angst In an Aug. 29 Blood-Horse magazine story, National Thoroughbred Racing Association president Alex Waldrop and other industry leaders assessed the work of the NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance in an article titled "Safety... on a Volunteer Basis." Waldrop participated in an extensive email Q&A with Blood-Horse writer Frank Angst that we thought

RMTC: Uniform Drug Program Has Momentum: The Blood-Horse 7/7/15

RMTC By Tom LaMarra An effort that began in the Mid-Atlantic region more than two years ago has made "significant progress," according to the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium. Adoption of the National Uniform Medication Program hasn't been without its twists and turns, but given the fractured nature of the Thoroughbred industry and the need

RMTC Approves GABA Threshold 4/15/2015

NEWS RELEASE April 15, 2015 Contact: Hallie Roach Lewis (859) 224-2848 RMTC 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 (GABA). The threshold, which was developed by

RMTC Board Approves Cobalt Threshold 3/26/2015

NEWS RELEASE March 26, 2015 Contact: Hallie Roach Lewis (859) 224-2848 RMTC BOARD APPROVES 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 United States was approved at its regularly scheduled meeting held on March 24 at Gulfstream Park

Gulfstream Park Earns Reaccreditation From NTRA Safety & Integrity Alliance: NTRA.com 3/26/15

RMTC Press Release LEXINGTON, Ky. (Thursday, March 26, 2015) – The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) announced today that Gulfstream Park Racing & Casino has earned reaccreditation from the NTRA Safety & Integrity Alliance. Located in Hallandale Beach, Fla., between Miami and Fort Lauderdale, the 76-year-old track is in the final days of its Championship

Sunland Park Reaccredited by NTRA Safety, Integrity Alliance: The Horse 3/21/15

RMTC Edited Press Release The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) announced March 19 that Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino has earned reaccreditation from the NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance. Located outside of El Paso in Sunland Park, New Mexico, adjacent to Texas and the Mexican state of Chihuahua, the 56-year-old racetrack hosts its biggest day

RMTC Executive Committee Responds to Proposal, Stresses Importance of Independence 12/18/2014

NEWS RELEASE December 18, 2014 Contact: Hallie Roach Lewis (859) 224-2848 RMTC EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE RESPONDS TO PROPOSAL, STRESSES IMPORTANCE OF INDEPENDENCE The executive committee of the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) met on Wednesday, December 17, to consider a recent letter from the Racing Commissioners International (RCI) inviting the RMTC to merge with RCI’s

National Medication Reforms Make Significant Progress in 2014 12/9/2014

NEWS RELEASE December 9, 2014 Contact: Hallie Roach Lewis (859) 224-2848 NATIONAL MEDICATION REFORMS MAKE SIGNIFICANT PROGRESS IN 2014 The horse racing industry made significant progress toward the uniform adoption of national medication reforms in 2014, as regulators in multiple jurisdictions adopted model rules developed by the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) and the