Turfway Barn Search Yields Injectables: TDN 2/28/19

By: T.D. Thornton A Turfway Park barn search that turned up injectable medications, syringes, and needles has led to a pair of 90-day suspensions for trainer Amanda Dimmett and owner Jerry Dimmett. According to three Kentucky Horse Racing Commission stewards’ rulings dated Feb. 21 and 22, the Jan. 11 search of Turfway’s Barn 14 came

Strychnine Detected in Three Turf Paradise Horses: TDN 2/28/19

By: T.D. Thornton Strychnine, the active ingredient in rat poison, has been detected in post-race drug testing of three horses from the same owner/trainer at Turf Paradise. All three horses additionally tested positive for caffeine. A fourth horse from the same outfit tested positive for caffeine alone. Alex Torres-Casas, the owner/trainer of all four horses,

Horse wellness plan at Rillito Park paying dividends: Kold News 13 2/27/19

Press Release: TUCSON, AZ (KOLD News 13) - For the first time, in the 2019 racing season, Rillito Park has implemented a wellness program for its race horses. It is not unusual for tracks these days to have wellness programs to keep horses safe, but what is unique about the program at Rillito Park is,

Bisphosphonates: A dense issue in equine veterinary care: DVM360 2/26/19

By: Ed Kane Bone is a dynamic organ—always changing, constantly being reshaped, old cells removed and replaced with new. Bone responds to stress by removing damaged or injured bone and laying down new bone—an ongoing process. Bone is constantly remodeled to meet the needs of stress and loading. The response of bone to strain is

Fines in West Virginia Could Pay for Post-Mortem Exams: TDN 2/22/19

By: T.D. Thornton A proposed law working its way through the West Virginia legislature would mandate that fines assessed to Thoroughbred licensees be set aside in a new fund to cover the cost of post-mortem exams for horses that die at Mountaineer Park or Charles Town Races. By West Virginia state statute, money collected from

Horsemen Would Have Say on New Oklahoma Drug Committee: TDN 2/21/19

By: T.D. Thornton A bill that passed 42-3 in the Oklahoma Senate Thursday would create a new Medication Advisory Committee whose purpose would be to make recommendations to the state racing commission prior to the adoption of any new rules related to equine medications and drug testing. If the bill gets signed into law, horsemen

KHRC Approves Study to Develop EPO Micro-Dosing Test: Bloodhorse 2/20/19

By: Frank Angst The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission has approved $147,000 from the Kentucky Equine Drug Research Council fund for a two-year study that aims to develop an affordable test to detect horses that have been given small levels—microdoses—of erythropoietin. Heather Knych, of the Ken L. Maddy Equine Analytical Chemistry Laboratory at the University of

Drug Rule Changes To Be Discussed: Standardbred Canada 2/15/19

Press Release: Proposals to modify the regulatory policy concerning clenbuterol and betamethasone use in harness racing will be one of the major topics considered at the upcoming meeting of the Association of Racing Commissioners International (ARCI) when it meets April 3-5, 2019 in Arcadia, California. The proposed changes were submitted late last year to Standardbred

Drug Rule Changes To Be Discussed: Standardbred Canada 2/15/19

Press Release: Proposals to modify the regulatory policy concerning clenbuterol and betamethasone use in harness racing will be one of the major topics considered at the upcoming meeting of the Association of Racing Commissioners International (ARCI) when it meets April 3-5, 2019 in Arcadia, California. The proposed changes were submitted late last year to Standardbred