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

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

With Eye Toward Uniformity, Kentucky Reviews Drug Rules: Blood-Horse 2/1/17

By: Frank Angst After an in-depth review of its racing medication rules relative to the Association of Racing Commissioners International’s recommendations, a Kentucky council is recommending penalty classification changes for a pair of medications. The Kentucky Equine Drug Research Council recommended Feb. 1 that the expectorant ambroxol (Ambril) be moved to a more severe penalty

Kentucky Drug Testing Lab Enjoys Expansion: Blood-Horse 11/30/16

By: Frank Angst While the focus of the expanded LGC Science facility in Lexington will be on testing human-use supplements, as opposed to the lab's equine drug testing, the additional expertise on such supplements could provide crossover benefit. Lexington political and business leaders attended a ribbon-cutting Nov. 30 to celebrate the expanded LGC facility. LGC is a

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

Court to Consider Umarov Temporary Injunction: Blood-Horse 7/27/16

By: Frank Angst A Kentucky court hearing scheduled Monday, Aug. 1 could determine if the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission can move forward on its intentions to immediately sanction trainer Otabek Umarov for allegedly refusing to allow a horse to receive pre-race testing and other violations in late April at Churchill Downs. Franklin, Ky. Circuit Court

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

Judge Issues Restraining Order in Umarov’s Favor: Daily Racing Form 6/23/16

By: Matt Hegarty A circuit court judge in Kentucky has issued a temporary restraining order that will prevent the state racing commission from enforcing a 10-year ban on the owner-trainer Otabek Umarov. Judge Philip Shepherd of Franklin Circuit Court wrote that the restraining order will remain in effect until Umarov’s appeal of the sanction is