NY Commission Tweaks 7 Drug Thresholds: TDN 4/24/17

By: T.D. Thornton By unanimous voice vote, the New York State Gaming Commission (NYSGC) tweaked and augmented threshold levels for seven therapeutic Thoroughbred medications at the board’s Apr. 24 monthly meeting. According to a brief written by NYSGC general counsel Edmund Burns that was included in the informational packet for Monday’s meeting, the proposal will

‘Boots on the Ground’ Gets a Big Push from AQHA: THA Racing.Com 4/21/17

By: Jennie Rees The American Quarter Horse Association is pioneering cost-effective loaner integrity teams that provide investigative reinforcements for the sport’s big-event days. The AQHA program was the main focus of discussion during an April 19 panel called “Policing the Backside: A View from the Front Line” on the second of the three-day Association of

ARCI: Vet’s List Changes Aim to Protect Horses: Blood-Horse 4/19/17

By: Frank Angst The Association of Racing Commissioners International Drug Testing and Practices Committee April 19 moved forward on changes that would standardize vet's list procedures from state to state. The end goal of the rule put forward by The Jockey Club Safety Committee is to standardize vet's list rules, specifically targeting situations where a

Regulatory Conference This Week in Charleston: Blood-Horse 4/17/17

By: Frank Angst Many of the country's leading regulators will listen to panels and presentations on drug testing and enforcement, policing the backstretch, and promoting the sport, just to name a few, when they gather this week in Charleston, S.C. The Association of Racing Commissioners International's 2017 annual conference on equine welfare and racing integrity will begin

Delaware Commission Moves Foward with Medication Rule Updates: THA Racing.Com 3/9/17

By: Tom LaMarra The Delaware Thoroughbred Racing Commission has published several rule modifications, including those related to out-of-competition testing and the Multiple Medication Violation Penalty System, and is poised to adopt them in April following a mandatory 30-day public comment period. The DTRC took the action during its March 8 meeting. The next meeting is

New York Tweaks, Re-Proposes Anti-Stacking Rules for NSAIDS: TDN 2/27/17

By: T.D. Thornton By unanimous voice vote, the New York State Gaming Commission (NYSGC) tweaked and re-proposed a rule Feb. 27 regarding the use of multiple non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) before horse races in order to eliminate the practice known as “stacking” of those medications while still allowing a second NSAID to be used if

Maryland Commission Streamlines Rule Adoption Process: THA Racing.Com 2/23/17

By: Tom LaMarra The Maryland Racing Commission has developed statutory language that will allow it to adopt updates and changes to model rules—most recently the one on out-of-competition testing—as they are approved by the Association of Racing Commissioners International. The MRC, which held its monthly meeting Feb. 23, falls under the state Department of Labor,

Updated Penalty System Rule Progresses in WV Legislature: THA Racing.Com 2/23/17

By: Tom LaMarra Proposed amendments to Thoroughbred racing rules, including the updated Multiple Medication Violation Penalty System model rule, passed the West Virginia Senate Feb. 17 and await approval by the House of Delegates. West Virginia Racing Commission officials attempted to fast-track the updated MMV rule, which is one of four major components of the

Kentucky Rescinds Dextrophan Positives: Blood-Horse 2/21/17

By: Frank Angst Citing new research that suggests the metabolite of Dextromethorphan, Dextrorphan, can stay in a horse's system at a wider variance of time than previously realized, the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission earlier this year dropped sanctions in three cases where the metabolite was discovered. KHRC equine medical director Mary Scollay offered a presentation