Maryland Racing Commission Names Medication Policy Committee: The Racing Biz 1/19/16

By: Frank Vespe In the wake of a controversial non-disqualification that roiled the Maryland racing industry, Maryland Racing Commission chairman John McDaniel announced today that he had appointed a Medication Policy and Review Committee. That committee will be comprised of three commissioners and chaired by Dr.Tom Bowman, a veterinarian whom McDaniel described as “most qualified

RCI Board Approves Cobalt Regulations: The Blood-Horse 4/23/15

RMTC By Tom LaMarra The Association of Racing Commissioners International board of directors April 23 approved a testing threshold level and penalties for the mineral cobalt, a naturally occurring substance in racehorses. During a meeting in Tampa, Fla., the RCI Drug Testing Standards and Practices Committee took testimony from the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium

RMTC Approves GABA Threshold 4/15/2015

NEWS RELEASE April 15, 2015 Contact: Hallie Roach Lewis (859) 224-2848 RMTC APPROVES GABA THRESHOLD The executive committee of the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) has approved a uniform testing threshold of 110 parts per billion (ppb) in blood for the naturally occurring amino acid gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA). The threshold, which was developed by

Four Veterinarians Plead Guilty In Penn National Case: The Paulick Report 4/15/15

RMTC By Press Release The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Dr. Kevin Brophy, age 60, Florida, Dr. Fernando Motta, age 44, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and Dr. Christopher Korte, age 43, Pueblo, Colorado, pleaded guilty today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Susan E. Schwab in Harrisburg. Dr. Renee Nodine, age 52,

RMTC Nears Recommendation on Calming Agent: The Blood-Horse 3/30/15

RMTC By Tom LaMarra The Racing Medication and Testing Consortium hopes to have a recommended testing threshold level by late April for a naturally occurring amino acid that has a calming effect on racehorses. The substance in question—gamma-aminobutyric acid, commonly known as GABA—was banned by the United States Equestrian Federation in 2012 because of adverse