The Equine Biological Passport: Has Its Time Come?: Thoroughbred Daily News 1/23/15

by T.D. Thornton The concept of an equine biological passport (EBP) is not new. But the tone and urgency of its discussion among veterinary and regulatory authorities changed this week in the wake of the cobalt scandal in Australia, where news reports characterized Racing New South Wales officials as "scrambling" to introduce EBPs as a

Major Medication Policy Roundtable Planned: The Blood-Horse 1/22/15

By Blood-Horse Staff The Association of Racing Commissioners International and the Association of Official Racing Chemists will jointly hold a major racing industry roundtable and conference on equine welfare and medication policy April 21-23 at the Grand Hyatt Resort in Tampa, Fla. "The ARCI is the only umbrella organization encompassing the totality of horse racing

Emirates Racing Authority quick to see red over cobalt: TheNational 1/22/15

By: Geoffrey Riddle The Emirates Racing Authority (ERA) remains vigilant to the threat of the use of cobalt after five horses from three high-profile trainers in Australia were found to have prohibited levels of the performance-enhancing drug in their systems. It was revealed last week that Lidari, trained by Black Caviar’s handler Peter Moody, tested

New York Racing Association announces additional steps to further…: 1/21/15

By NYRA Press Office This afternoon, the New York Racing Association (NYRA), in consultation with the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association (NYTHA), announced additional steps to further enhance stringent safety protocols for thoroughbred racing already in place at Aqueduct Racetrack. "The safety of our equine athletes and jockeys at Aqueduct Racetrack is a high priority,"

Cobalt: How Big A Problem in U.S.?: Thoroughbred Daily News 1/21/15

By T.D. Thornton Barely two weeks into 2015, horse racing already has a candidate for scandal of the year: cobalt. Although the bluish metallic element whose name is derived from the German word for a demonic goblin has been linked to equine blood doping for at least two years, cobalt has rocketed to the top

Passports A Priority For Racing NSW: Thoroughbred Daily News 1/21/15

By: TDN Staff Racing New South Wales, the governing body for racing in that Australian state, has revealed that it is working on the development of an equine biological passport that would monitor physiological changes in a horse throughout its racing career, according to Racing and Sports. The passport would be similar to that being

Maryland Racing Commission to tackle rules redo: The Racing Biz 1/20/15

by Frank Vespe Calling the law and regulations which govern Maryland racing “very antiquated,” Maryland Racing Commission chairman Bruce Quade today announced a top-to-bottom review of the state’s racing law. And if he has his way, that review may lead to swifter justice meted out to jockeys with riding violations and harsher penalties for trainers

Trainer Asmussen cleared in Ky. investigation: The Courier-Journal 1/15/15

By: Gregory A. Hall LEXINGTON, Ky. – Nothing in an undercover investigation by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals into the operations of leading thoroughbred trainer Steve Asmussen showed a violation of rules on medication or care, Kentucky officials announced Thursday. The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission discussed the findings of its investigators that neither

Mark Kavanagh, Danny O’Brien and Peter Moody facing potential bans: Herald Sun 1/14/15

By Carly Crawford, Angus Thompson THE champion racehorses that failed doping tests were almost certainly injected in the neck with a performance-enhancing drug, investigators believe. The shock revelation that has rocked Victorian racing comes as three top trainers now facing bans if the allegations are proved declared their innocence. As Peter Moody, Danny O’Brien and