Split Sample Program on the Horizon: Harnesslink 08/15/17

Press Release: After many years and court battles over New York trainers struggles in getting split samples in medication cases, horsemen in New York state were notified this week a guaranteed split sample program is in the works. The announcement in the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association newsletter indicated the state's gaming commission is in

New Equine Health and Safety Measures Implemented at Saratoga: Horse Racing Nation 08/21/17

Press Release: In addition to the existing industry-leading equine health and safety policies and procedures already in place at New York State racetracks, the New York State Gaming Commission, The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) and the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association (NYTHA) are implementing additional actions immediately at Saratoga Race Course, including increased regulatory

New York Shifts All Drug Test Costs to Horsemen, Tracks: Blood-Horse 4/10/17

By: Tom Precious New York horsemen and tracks will pay the full costs of equine drug testing in the state, an amount that totals more than $4 million annually, under a state budget deal that was given final adoption by lawmakers late April 9. Under the terms of the agreement between the state Legislature and

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

NYSGC Proposes Overhaul of Drug, Veterinary Rules: TDN 1/23/17

By: T.D. Thornton Five proposed new rules dealing with Thoroughbred medication, prohibited substances, minimum drug penalties, out-of-competition testing, and airway bleeding in racehorses were advanced to a 45-day public-comment period by the New York State Gaming Commission (NYSGC) at the board’s monthly meeting Jan. 23. Board members only briefly discussed specifics of the broad set

Cuomo Plan Asks New York Racing to Pay for Drug Testing: Blood-Horse 1/18/17

By: Tom Precious New York state would stop paying costs associated with equine drug testing in the horse racing industry, under a proposal from Gov. Andrew Cuomo in his new 2017 state budget plan. The plan would save the state $4.5 million by shifting the testing costs onto "those that actually participate in horse racing.''

NY Alters Rules on Claims, Some Medications: Blood-Horse 7/25/16

By: Tom Precious Claims can be voided for additional race-day blood and urine positives for banned substances under a new rule approved July 25 by New York racing regulators. The New York State Gaming Commission signed off on a revision to its claiming cancellation rule allowing a claimant to void a claim if any sample

Adoption of Penalty System Considered Key: The Blood-Horse 4/11/16

By: Tom LaMarra Of the four major components of the National Uniform Medication Program, the multiple medication violation penalty system has been adopted by the lowest number of jurisdictions. But one official April 11 said he expects that to change. New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association chairman Alan Foreman, during a presentation at the Racing Officials

NYRA Tweaks Safety Protocols, Discontinues ’15-Day Rule’: Paulick Report 2/24/15

RMTC by Press Release The New York Racing Association today announced that it would discontinue the temporary rule mandating 15 days between starts for horses competing at Aqueduct Racetrack, effective with the entries of March 5. “Aqueduct operates under some unique circumstances, and equine welfare will always be the top of our concerns,” said Martin