Press Release: Officials from Keeneland Association, Fasig-Tipton Company Inc. and Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company Inc. jointly announced today that they will enable buyers of horses younger than 4 years old to have those horses tested
Press Release: The Consignors and Commercial Breeders Association (CBA) has called the off-label usage of bisphosphonates in horses under four years of age `unacceptable’ in a statement issued Saturday morning. The statement read: “The Consignors
By: Dan Ross The fallout from events still unfolding at Santa Anita have re-sparked the fires simmering under a number of horse welfare issues. Few, however, have galvanized such a swift phalanx of action as
By: Erica Larson In 2014 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved two bisphosphonate drugs—clodronate and tiludronate—for controlling clinical signs associated with podotrochlosis (more commonly known as navicular syndrome) in horses ages 4 and older.
By: Bill Finley A meeting among industry stakeholders in the Mid-Atlantic region is scheduled for Thursday and a proposal for a partial ban of the controversial drug Bisphosphonate tops the agenda. Bisphosphonate has come under
Press Release: One of the first programs of its kind in the country, Rillito Race Track implemented an Equine Wellness Program during the 2019 Winter Meet. The program was a resounding success, as there were no horse
Press Release: At the March 12 meeting of the Indiana Horse Racing Commission, the commission voted unanimously to prohibit the use of albuterol in American Quarter Horses. The new rule, 71 IAC 8.5-1-2.2 states: “No Quarter
By: Michael Lynch & Simone Fox Koob Besieged trainer Darren Weir is facing a four-year disqualification and will not contest the charges against him after a marathon hearing on Monday night. The show-cause hearing involving
By: Jennifer Auh One Phoenix racetrack is hoping to better protect its horses, after many of them were getting hurt. On Monday, Turf Paradise implemented a new rule that requires pre-race exams for all horses that
Press Release: Columbus, OH — Following the U.S. Trotting Association’s 2019 Board of Directors Annual Meeting held March 8-11 in Columbus, OH, the USTA’s Call to Action Subcommittee issued the following announcement regarding the issue of
By: Cormac Byrne The Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board (IHRB) has promised to introduce more stringent rule surrounding whip use after a sharp rise in the number of penalties handed out for the offence in 2018.
Turf Paradise Press Release: Phoenix-based Turf Paradise announced March 6 track management initiated a new plan to address an unexplained increase in equine injuries. Starting March 18, all horses racing on a given day will
Press Release: Robert Smerdon has argued a racing tribunal had no power to ban him for life over the "Aquanita eight" doping scandal because he had surrendered his trainer's licence. One of four trainers appealing their
Press Release: Anecdotal reports suggest that some racehorses are being given micro-doses of recombinant human erythropoietin to improve performance, according to the equine medical director for the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission. The micro-dosing regime is
Press Release: While a thorough investigation and analysis of the Santa Anita main track continues, representatives of The Stronach Group (TSG) have announced that several new safety and welfare initiatives will be put into place
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
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.
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
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
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