By: Jacob Borg Horse owners forming part of the Malta Racing Club (MRC) have raised questions about a decision to allow two horses to retain their race wins, despite testing positive for a steroid that remains present in the horses’ bloodstream for a number of weeks. Information available on the MRC’s website shows the two
By: AAP All samples taken from Toowoomba trainer Ben Currie’s stable on Weetwood Handicap day have proved clear of any prohibited substances. However, the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission has again emphasised any treatment of horses on race days without stewards’ consent could be found to breach rules of racing. Numerous swabs were taken from Currie’s
Press Release: The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) announced today that Saratoga Race Course, home to one of the world’s most prestigious annual race meets, has earned reaccreditation from the NTRA Safety & Integrity Alliance. Located in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., the 155-year-old racetrack kicks off a 40-day stand Friday and, after opening weekend, continues Wednesdays to Mondays,
By: Brian O'Connor The board of Horse Racing Ireland has unanimously approved a new ‘Industry Wide Policy on Prohibited Substances & Doping Control’. The long-awaited new protocol promises to introduce a radical overhaul of drug testing and traceability in both racing and breeding and was described on Monday as a landmark moment by HRI’s chief executive Brian Kavanagh.
By: Jeremy Balan Nearly a month after a contentious California Horse Racing Board meeting delayed a proposal on out-of-competition testing changes, which would have aligned California with several major racing states and with the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium's National Uniform Medication Program, the regulatory agency appeared to take a step forward July 20. In
By: Brian O'Connor The Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board has described as less than ideal any “prior day notice” element likely to be included in the thoroughbred industry’s proposed new anti-doping policy. Despite that, racing’s regulatory body has indicated it is prepared to sign up to the Industry Wide Policy on Prohibited Substances/Doping Control. Representative bodies
By: Tom LaMarra More than 200 out-of-competition drug tests have been performed in Maryland since March as part of an expanded program that includes overnight races. Maryland Racing Commission Executive Director Mike Hopkins said the number of samples taken per racing day has varied from four to one or two. That doesn’t include Preakness Stakes
By: Tom Precious State regulators in New York State have adopted a new equine drug rule that tracks a national model plan advanced in late 2016 by the Association of Racing Commissioners International and a number of key industry stakeholders. The New York Gaming Commission, after receiving no correspondence in either support or opposition during
By: AAP Trainer Shannon Hope admits he lied during his cobalt case but denies cheating by giving horses supplements on race days to enhance their performances. Hope and his father Lee have pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of administering a prohibited substance as they fight their cobalt disqualifications, blaming their feeding and supplementation regime
By: T.D. Thorton Richard E. Dutrow Jr., the GI Kentucky Derby-winning trainer whose long history of infractions culminated in a 10-year license suspension that is currently in effect until 2023, on Monday again had a request denied by New York regulators to reopen his case and possibly modify his penalty based on time already served.