WVRC Votes to Pursue Legislation for Racing Compact: THA Racing.Com 6/28/17

By: Tom LaMarra The West Virginia Racing Commission June 27 voted to lay the groundwork for legislation that would allow it to become a member of a compact that would facilitate adoption of uniform medication rules. The WVRC took the action in the hope other Mid-Atlantic racing states consider pursuing compact legislation. All racing states

California Officially Approves Third-Party Lasix Rules; Implementation Expected Late this Year: Paulick Report 6/3/17

By: Press Release The State of California has officially approved rules establishing that race-day medication must be administered by independent veterinary professionals – further aligning California with the national uniform medication program. The California Office of Administrative Law advised the California Horse Racing Board on Thursday that amendments to CHRB Rules 1433 and 1845, which

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

Florida Ruling Means Dozens Of Drug Positives Likely To Be Dismissed: Paulick Report 3/24/17

By: Ray Paulick Dozens of administrative complaints for medication violations in Florida are likely to be dismissed after the state's Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering issued an order accepting the recommendations of an administrative law judge who found that serum sample collection procedures qualified as “unadopted rules” and that no action could be taken against licensees based

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

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

ARCI Names Members of New Model Rule Compliance Panel: THA Racing.Com 2/1/17

By: Tom LaMarra Three former racing regulators have been chosen to sit on a panel that will certify jurisdictional compliance with integrity standards each year—the components of the National Uniform Medication Program will be the focal point for 2017. The Association of Racing Commissioners International Feb. 1 named Steve Barham, Bennett Liebman and Allan Monat

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

PA Approves Penalty System Changed; Integrity a Focal Point: THA Racing.Com 1/26/17

By: Tom LaMarra At a meeting that again featured a discussion on the importance of improving integrity in horse racing, the Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission Jan. 26 approved revisions to the Multiple Medication Violation Penalty System. Pennsylvania adopted the MMV Penalty System, a component of the National Uniform Medication Program, in August 2016. The model