Foreman Believes in Science Behind Thresholds:Blood-Horse 3/24/16

By: Frank Angst Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association chairman Alan Foreman is confident a 2015 decision by a Delaware assistant attorney general not to pursue a medication overage case against trainer Todd Pletcher will not negatively impact the National Uniform Medication Program. Speaking at the Association of Racing Commissioners conference March 24, Foreman said he doesn't expect

Studies on Lasix Administration Progressing:Blood-Horse 3/23/16

By: Frank Angst In a presentation at the Association of Racing Commissioners International conference March 23 in New Orleans, Jockey Club executive director Matt Iuliano highlighted studies examining the efficacy of administering furosemide at least 24 hours before a race. RCI president Ed Martin noted that some conference presentations will allow member commissioners to see

RCI Looks at Added Out-of-Competition Testing: Blood-Horse 3/23/16

By: Frank Angst Racing Medication and Testing Consortium executive director Dionne Benson said as regulators look at new, enhanced recommendations on out-of-competition testing, they're going to find policies that will work for the industry. Participating on an equine welfare and veterinary panel March 23 at the RCI conference in New Orleans, Benson is encouraged that

Sales Companies Amend Steroid Policy: Blood-Horse 3/22/16

By: Blood - Horse staff Officials from Keeneland Association, Fasig-Tipton Co., and Ocala Breeders' Sales Company on March 22 jointly announced they have amended the anabolic androgenic steroid policy. The policy has been amended to delete the "45-day" rule regarding the use of steroids in weanlings, yearlings, and 2-year-olds at any time prior to sale.

BHA Apologises over Botched Investigations: Racing Post 3/22/16

By: Mark Scully THE BHA has apologised to trainer Jim Boyle and former trainer Kate Walton as part of a major report into its integrity work that calls for an urgent review into a number of its disciplinary procedures. In an unprecedented move, BHA chief executive Nick Rust admitted the botched handling of both investigations

TVMDL Drug Testing Lab Receives RMTC Accreditation: The Horse 3/20/16

By: Edited Press Release Following two years of dedicated work to achieve the standards put forth by the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC), the Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory (TMVDL) Drug Testing Laboratory has received full accreditation. The TVMDL Drug Testing Lab is the seventh to receive full accreditation by the RMTC. Travis

John Leek Escapes Cobalt Charges:Racing.Com 3/18/16

By: Racing.com staff Racing Victoria Stewards will not charge trainer John Leek despite his galloper Spirit Cent returning a urine sample above the legal cobalt threshold last July. According to stewards, ‘a thorough investigation and consideration of veterinary and legal advice’ led them to decide against taking any action against Leek or Spirit Cent because

RV Stewards Considering Moody Appeal:Racing.Com 3/18/16

By: Grace Ramage Racing Victoria Stewards are considering whether to appeal the suspension handed to trainer Peter Moody by the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board on Thursday. Chief Steward Terry Bailey told Racing.com’s Racing Ahead on RSN 927 on Friday that the Stewards will discuss their right to appeal the 12-month suspension, of which six

Inflammatory Biomarkers: A Horse’s Early Warning System?: Paulick Report 3/17/16

By: Natalie Voss Veterinarians have long been searching for some sort of advance warning that a horse may be on the brink of suffering a serious bone or soft tissue injury. Recent research into biomarkers may provide practitioners with more tools to anticipate problems or a better understanding of a horse's discomfort after it has