Kentucky Commission Adopts RCI Model Drug Rules: Paulick Report 4/18/17

By: Natalie Voss The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission voted unanimously Tuesday afternoon to accept model drug rules set by the Association for Racing Commissioners International. Dr. Mary Scollay, equine medical director for the commission, said the updates represented about a year's work and more than 175 individual edits to bring the state's rules in line

Kentucky One Step Closer To Uniform Medication Rules With Council Vote: Paulick Report 4/4/17

By: Natalie Voss Kentucky regulators came a step closer to bringing the state's regulations in line with the National Uniform Medication Program (NUMP) on Tuesday afternoon when the Kentucky Equine Drug Research Council voted to approve drug classifications, penalty schedules, withdrawal guidelines and thresholds set out by the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium. Kentucky has been

Equine Injury Database Statistics Continue to Reflect Progress: THA Racing.Com 3/11/17

By: Tom LaMarra Fatalities in races in 2016 dropped 5% from the previous year to 1.54 per 1,000 starts, another indication that improved safety protocol and a tightening of equine medication rules are making a difference in Thoroughbred racing. The Equine Injury Database statistics released March 10 by The Jockey Club show an encouraging trend

Kentucky Rescinds Dextrorphan Positives, But No Victory For Proponents Of Environmental Contamination: Paulick Report 2/23/17

By: Natalie Voss The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission agreed earlier this year to rescind three recent violations related to overages of dextrorphan, a metabolite of dextromethorphan. However, according to Dr. Mary Scollay, equine medical director for the commission, the dismissal shouldn't be seen as a victory by horsemen and veterinarians concerned about environmental contamination. The

KHRC Committee Advances Voided Claim Rule: Blood-Horse 1/26/17

By: Eric Mitchell With relatively little discussion, a proposed rule outlining conditions that could void a claim was unanimously approved Jan. 26 by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission Safety and Welfare Committee. The proposed rule next goes to the full KHRC for review and approval. If approved, the proposed rule change goes through the standard

Kentucky Likely to Put Labs to the Test: Blood-Horse 10/29/16

By: Frank Angst The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission will likely run double-blind quality assurance testing on its lab after the state’s Equine Drug Research Council approved plans Oct. 28 to carry out such tests. The EDRC approved up to $16,000 from its Rapid Response fund to work with three lab horses at Kentucky Equine Research

Australia Cuts Cobalt Thresholds in Half: Blood-Horse 7/7/16

By: Blood-Horse Staff The allowable levels of cobalt in Australian racehorses has been cut in half, according to an announcement July 7 by Racing Australia, the country's national racing industry body. The urine threshold for cobalt will become 100 micrograms per liter effective Sept. 1, down from 200 μg/L (micrograms per liter). A plasma threshold of

Drug Tests Clear for Derby, Oaks Horses: Blood-Horse 5/16/16

By: Ron Mitchell According to the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, all participants in this year’s Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) and Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) have tested negative for any prohibited substances. Based on the blood and urine samples taken from all horses participating at Churchill Downs May 6-7, full instrumental

Scollay: Safety, Integrity Not ‘Negotiable’:Blood-Horse 5/5/16

By: Tom LaMarra The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission will almost triple the number of veterinarians it has on a typical race day to assist with the two biggest programs of the year May 6-7 at Churchill Downs. In addition, the KHRC well in advance of the Longines Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum!