Servis Appeals 15-Day Suspension: Daily Racing Form 8/31/16

By: Jim Dunleavy Trainer John Servis has been suspended 15 days and fined $3,000 by the Parx Racing board of stewards for three clenbuterol positives this spring. On Wednesday, Servis said he has appealed the penalties. Servis is the trainer of Kentucky Oaks winner Cathryn Sophia, who will be a heavy favorite Saturday at Parx

Equine NSAID Best Practices: Equimed.Com 8/31/16

By: News Editor Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are typically used to treat conditions such as the pain and inflammation associated with equine osteoarthritis.¹ Unlike NSAIDs used in human medicine, like ibuprofen, which can be purchased over-the-counter, NSAIDs in equine medicine are only available with a veterinarian’s prescription. When prescribing an NSAID, your veterinarian will consider the

Preliminary Hearing for Embattled Parx Groom Vega Postponed: Daily Racing Form 8/31/16

By: Matt Hegarty A preliminary hearing scheduled on Wednesday for Marian Vega, the Parx-based groom who was arrested two weeks ago and accused of illegally medicating horses trained by Roman Preciado, has been delayed at her counsel’s request, according to the Pennsylvania attorney general’s office. No makeup date has been scheduled yet, according to a

California Betting on Equine ‘Passports’: Thoroughbred Daily News 8/30/16

By: T. D. Thornton Advocates for some form of an “equine biological passport” have maintained in recent years that it’s the lack of funding–and not a lack of technological expertise–that is keeping drug policing based on Thoroughbred biomarker analysis from becoming a reality in United States racing. Now, thanks to a two-year, $50,000-per-year grant from

Racing Victoria Head Vet Resigns: Racing.Com 8/30/16

By: Shane Anderson Dr Brian Stewart, a key player in the battle against the prohibited use of cobalt in Australian racing, has resigned from Racing Victoria (RV) to take up a similar role with the Hong Kong Jockey Club (HKJC). As RV Head of Equine Welfare and Veterinary Services, Stewart was instrumental in raising awareness

Cobalt Positives: NHA Launches Internal Inquiry: SportingPost.Com 8/29/16

By: The National Horseracing Authority has confirmed in a press release issued on Monday 29 August that three urine specimens have been found to be in excess of the international threshold for cobalt in urine specimens. The NHA advise that it has conducted a thorough investigation into the facts and circumstances surrounding each of

CHRB Member Calls for Trainer ‘Profiling’:Blood-Horse 8/24/16

By: Jeremy Balan California Horse Racing Board member Madeline Auerbach, at an Aug. 24 meeting of the agency's Medication and Track Safety Committee, called for increased scrutiny on certain trainers through "profiling." The Wednesday meeting at Del Mar touched on several topics, from cell phone use by exercise riders to drug policies employed in New