Rodriguez gets 25 days for Banamine positives: Daily Racing Form 2/28/15

RMTC By David Grening OZONE PARK, N.Y. -- Trainer Rudy Rodriguez will serve a 25-day suspension and pay a $2,500 fine as a result of two horses having overages for flunixin, a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory also known as Banamine and used for therapeutic use. The suspension, issued by the New York Gaming Commission, begins Monday and

Trainer Avila handed 60-day ban, $10,000 fine: Daily Racing Form 2/27/15

RMTC By Steve Andersen ARCADIA, Calif. - Trainer A.C. Avila has been suspended 60 days and fined $10,000 by the California Horse Racing Board after one of his runners tested in excess of the permitted level of the tranquilizer acepromazine, according to a statement published Friday on the racing board’s website. The racing board reached

Grab the Big Hammer: The Blood Horse 2/25/15

RMTC By Eric Mitchell Finding a way to toughen sanctions against trainers who repeatedly break drug-use rules is one of the most important aspects of the National Uniform Medication program. Unfortunately, adoption of the multiple medication violation reform program, which is part of the unification effort, seems to be moving much more slowly than adoption

Researchers Compare Joint Injection Options: The Horse 2/25/15

RMTC By Stacey Oke, DVM, MSc A head-to-head comparison of the corticosteroid triamcinolone and a combination of triamcinolone and hyaluronic acid (a natural articular cartilage and synovial fluid component) for horses with osteoarthritis yielded “unexpected” results, a group of Dutch researchers recently revealed. “Veterinarians have been injecting arthritic horse joints with steroids either with or

Riley to appeal three-year ban: Thoroughbred Daily News 2/24/15

In an adjourned penalty hearing Monday, Australia’s Racing and Disciplinary Appeals Board pronounced a three-year ban against Victorian trainer Mark Riley. On Jan. 29, Riley was found guilty of administering the prohibited substance TCO2 (bi-carb) to one of his charges ahead of a race at Sandown last July. The trainer pleaded not guilty and argued

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