Dressage riders fined following supplement contamination: Horsetalk 12/26/18

Press Release: Contamination of a commercially available supplement with the banned substance ractopamine was behind two failed drug tests in high-level dressage horses who competed in Wellington, Florida, last year. The two cases have been dealt with by the FEI Tribunal, which found No Significant Fault or Negligence applied in either case. However, the tribunal

USEF: Horses Can Compete on Pergolide With Therapeutic Use Exemption: The Horse 11/29/18

Press Release: Pergolide has been the mainstay treatment of pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction (PPID), also known as equine Cushing’s disease, for several decades. Due to the class of drug that pergolide represents, it is a prohibited substance under Fédération Equestre Internationale and United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) rules. Currently, under USEF GR411, “Conditions For Therapeutic Administrations

Minnesota Settles Three High-Level Post-Race Positives: Bloodhorse 12/20/18

By: Frank Angst The Minnesota Racing Commission has reached settlements to resolve three high-level positives found in recent equine post-race drug tests. Two of the positives were for pemoline (Cylert), and one was for cardarine—both substances that call for the highest level of sanctions according to industry standards. The MRC cited mitigating circumstances as the

Class 1A and 2A Positives at Canterbury: TDN December 17, 2018

By: T.D. Thornton Positive post-race tests for Class 1A and 2A prohibited substances at Canterbury Park have resulted in $2,500 fines and 90-day suspensions for two trainers. The penalties imposed upon Ray E. Tracy Jr. and Judd William Becker could have been doubled. But their $5,000 fines/180-day suspensions were halved as the result of a

CHRB Moves Forward on Out-of-Competition Sanctions: Bloodhorse 12/13/18

By: Jeremy Balan The California Horse Racing Board took a step toward a policy of out-of-competition testing with teeth during its monthly meeting Dec. 13 at Los Alamitos Race Course. Out-of-competition testing is conducted in California, but the state does not have much ability to sanction licensees if there is a positive test. The proposal approved