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

Florida HBPA Pushes for Adoption of Medication Penalty System: THA Racing.Com 2/12/17

By: Tom LaMarra The Florida Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association has reaffirmed its support for uniform medication rules, particularly adoption of the Multiple Medication Violation Penalty System. The FHPBA in a release said it held a meeting Feb. 1 in Orlando, Fla., to offer recommendations on adoption of the Association of Racing Commissioners International model rules

CHRB Faces Another Delay In Third-Party Furosemide Administration: Paulick Report 2/7/17

By: Ray Paulick Efforts by the California Horse Racing Board to begin third-party administration of the anti-bleeder medication furosemide (Salix, formerly Lasix) – initiated in 2012 – suffered another setback last week when the state of California's Office of Administrative Law disapproved an amendment to sections 1433 and 1845 of Title 4 the California Code

WV Makes Serious Push to Facilitate Quicker Model Rule Adoption: THA Racing.Com 1/24/17

By: Tom LaMarra The West Virginia Racing Commission has agreed to ask state government officials to help facilitate quicker adoption of two important model rules approved by the Association of Racing Commissioners International in December. The WVRC at its Jan. 24 meeting also announced plans to expand its out-of-competition testing program this year beyond the

Racing Investigators to Meet at Tampa Bay Downs: Blood-Horse 1/13/17

By: BloodHorse Staff The Organization of Racing Investigators (ORI) will be holding its annual training conference at Tampa Bay Downs, Feb. 26-March 1. "We are fortunate to have our 2017 venue at Tampa Bay Downs" said Deanna Nicol, Tampa Bay Downs director of security and current ORI chair. Since 1991 ORI has held annual training

BC Wants Better Out-of-Competition Testing: Blood-Horse 12/20/16

By: Frank Angst Breeders' Cup officials are calling for improved out-of-competition rules and protocols after a positive post-race drug test for the anabolic steroid stanozolol in Masochistic will result in a disqualification of his runner-up finish in the  $1.5 million TwinSpires Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) Nov. 5 at Santa Anita Park. Breeders Cup expressed disappointment

RCI Adjusts MMV Points, Expands Out-of-Competition Testing: The Horse 12/16/16

By: Edited Press Release The upcoming version of the Association of Racing Commissioners International (ARCI) Model Rules for Racing will contain important modifications that will adjust MMV (multiple medication violation) points so minor and isolated infractions are not treated on par with more serious violations in determining extra penalties. The modifications were requested by an

RMTC, NTRA Release New Test Barn, Chain of Custody Recommendations: NTRA.Com 12/7/16

By: NTRA.Com The Racing Medication & Testing Consortium (RMTC) and the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) today released a new set of test barn and chain of custody recommendations designed to encourage the use of best practices at racetracks. The living document is a joint initiative of the RMTC and the NTRA Safety & Integrity