Eighth Welfare and Safety Summit Highlights Integrity, Injury Rates, and Disaster Preparedness: The Jockey Club 6/28/18

By: Alexa Ravit The eighth Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit, held Wednesday, June 27, at the Keeneland Sales Pavilion in Lexington, Ky., featured insightful discussions on topics ranging from disaster preparedness, jockey injuries, and equine injuries to racing integrity, Thoroughbreds as sport horses, and racing surfaces. The summit, which was organized and underwritten

New Mexico taking tougher stance on clenbuterol: Daily Racing Form 6/28/18

By: Mary Rampellini The New Mexico Racing Commission announced late Thursday the bronchodilator clenbuterol will now be classified as a Class 3 controlled substance in the state in a move that enables criminal prosecution of horsemen found to be illegally in possession of the drug. The agency worked with the New Mexico Board of Pharmacy

Best Practices, Best Outcomes Discussed on Day 2 of Regulatory Vet Continuing Education Conference

An emphasis on applying best practices and achieving best outcomes marked Day 2 of the inaugural Regulatory/Official Veterinary Continuing Education conference (#RegVetCE), presented by the NTRA Safety & Integrity Alliance and the Racing Medication & Testing Consortium (RMTC), at Keeneland in Lexington, Ky. The morning was highlighted by a spirited and far-reaching discussion on “The Order of

Day 1 Recap: Regulatory Vet Continuing Education

A cooperative spirit permeated Day 1 of the inaugural Regulatory/Official Veterinary Continuing Education conference (#RegVetCE) as a capacity group of 61 attendees – representing more than 100 racetracks worldwide – gathered at Keeneland to trade ideas and emphasize the importance of formal information sharing between jurisdictions. The two-day continuing education conference for regulatory and official racetrack veterinarians,

Kentucky Updates Withdrawal, Threshold Guidelines: Bloodhorse 6/19/18

By: Frank Angst The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission will revise guidance for medication withdrawal times and thresholds in line with the Association of Racing Commissioners International guidelines—or expected Racing Medication and Testing Consortium updates, the most significant of which are changes to anabolic steroids. At its regular meeting June 19 at the Kentucky Horse Park, the

Trainer Appeals $10,000 Fine, One-Year Suspension: Bloodhorse 6/18/18

Press Release: Owner/trainer Lee J. Rossi has been granted a stay after he filed an appeal of a $10,000 fine and 365-day suspension levied by stewards after a horse under his care tested positive for the Class A substance dextromethamphetamine. Dextromethamphetamine is a potent central nervous system stimulant used to ward off fatigue and enhance

Dunn facing cobalt charges: Racing.com 6/14/18

Press Release: Tatura trainer Belinda Dunn has been charged under the Australian Rules of Racing in relation to an elevated cobalt reading. The Dunn-trained Margot's Boy returned a cobalt reading above the threshold of 100 micrograms per litre of urine in a post-race sample after the horse's win in the Mark Goring BM58 Handicap (1980m)

Drug contamination fears erased as Harness Jewels horses cleared: Stuff 6/1/18

Press Release: A turbulent week for Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen has come to a tolerable end. Australasia's most successful training partnership had its Harness Jewels preparations thrown into disarray this week with fears nine of its runners may have been exposed to drug contamination during a float trip from Auckland to Cambridge. The horses,