Six trainers face possible bans over cobalt levels after initial…: Herald Sun 1/30/15

By: Brad Davidson THREE thoroughbred and three harness trainers are facing possible bans after nine samples came back above the cobalt threshold in Racing Queensland’s initial tests on 340 urine samples. But no names were revealed as Racing Queensland wish to keep the identity of those trainers in possible hot water secret until the B-samples

Ohio Begins Examination of Medication Rules: The Blood-Horse 1/30/15

By Tom LaMarra As part of an examination of its equine medication rules, the Ohio State Racing Commission in February will begin hearing from various industry organizations involved in an effort to adopt uniform policies for all jurisdictions. The OSRC said Ed Martin, president of the Association of Racing Commissioners International, and Dr. Dionne Benson,

A Moving Target? Understanding the RMTC’s Progress: Paulick Report 1/30/15

by Natalie Voss Since its 2001 foundation, the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium has made strides toward its goals of a nationally uniform set of medication rules and rigorous state drug testing lab accreditation. In December, RMTC anticipated the number of states working under its recommended list of therapeutic medication thresholds would increase from four

Australian Vets Support New Racing Rule on Cobalt: The Blood-Horse 1/28/15

By Edited Press Release Equine Veterinarians Australia (EVA), a special interest group of the Australian Veterinary Association, has announced that it supports the new rules governing the use of cobalt in racehorses. The Australian Racing Board (ARB) has set a threshold for cobalt of 200 micrograms after Racing Victoria has reported some cases where horses

Cox Veterinary Issues Voluntary Recall of Gastroade Xtra After…: Paulick Report 1/27/15

by Press Release Cox Veterinary Laboratory, Inc. is voluntarily recalling the lots of Gastroade Xtra identified below down to the consumer level distributed nationwide. Gastroade Xtra was previously marketed by Cox Veterinary Laboratory as an OTC drug for use in horses, and contains Omeprazole. This recall has been initiated due to information from the FDA

NY Gaming Commission Adopts New Out-of-Competition Rule: Thoroughbred Daily News 1/27/15

by Mike Kane From the outbreak of catastrophic injuries at Aqueduct to the Steve Asmussen/PETA investigation, to adding Cobalt to the substances subject to penalties in out-of-competition tests, high-profile Thoroughbred racing matters dominated Monday’s meeting of the New York State Gaming Commission. With the massive winter storm moving up the East Coast already dropping snow

New Equine Biotechnology Firm Launched: The Blood-Horse 1/27/15

By Blood-Horse Staff A new company, EquiMarker Analytics Corp., has announced it is developing the world's first equine metabolome platform. The metabolome is the collection of chemicals or metabolites in the biological organism which represent the products of metabolism. The corporation utilizes the predictive science of metabolomics, which is an advanced method of assessing the

New York completes Asmussen investigation: Daily Racing Form 1/26/15

By Matt Hegarty The New York Gaming Commission has completed an investigation into allegations made by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals against the trainer Steve Asmussen, officials of the commission said on Monday, with a report on the probe expected soon. Dr. Scott Palmer, the equine medical director for the commission, said that

Horse owner, trainer sanctioned: Albuquerque Journal 1/26/15

By Charles D. Brunt / Journal Staff Writer The New Mexico Racing Commission has sanctioned a racehorse trainer and a horse owner after their horse was found to have almost six times more of a regulated drug in its system than allowed after winning a race at Zia Park. The owner has to give up