Sudden Cardiac Death in Racehorses: What We Know and Still Don’t: TDN 10/3/18

By: Dan Ross The sudden death during training hours this summer of Bobby Abu Dhabi (Macho Uno) was a tragic incident. Connections lost a horse they loved. Racing lost one of its sprint stars. His death, however, opens a window into a still relatively obscure corner of equine fatalities. While Bobby Abu Dhabi was originally reported to

Panel Outlines Significant Drug Testing Challenges: The Bloodhorse 4/5/18

By: Frank Angst An April 5 discussion on equine drug testing standards and practices painted a picture of underfunded industry groups and labs battling ever-growing threats. Panelists outlined those challenges at the Association of Racing Commissioners International conference on equine welfare and racing integrity in Hot Springs, Ark. Dr. Richard Sams, lab director for LGC

CHRB to Again Consider Third-Party Lasix: Blood-Horse 6/2/16

By: Frank Angst The California Horse Racing Board will again consider adopting a third-party Lasix administration policy at its regular meeting June 16. The rule on third-party Lasix administration on race day is on the agenda for the June 16 CHRB meeting, confirms spokesman Mike Marten. The rule would meet the standards of the Association of Racing

RCI Adds Footnote on Levo-Methamphetamine: The Blood-Horse 4/13/16

By: Frank Angst In wrapping up work from a busy Association of Racing Commissioners International conference last month in New Orleans, the organization formally posted revisions to its regulatory standards April 13 including a change that acknowledges two types of methamphetamine positives. The change will see a footnote added to the methamphetamine penalty recommendation noting

RCI Looks at Added Out-of-Competition Testing: Blood-Horse 3/23/16

By: Frank Angst Racing Medication and Testing Consortium executive director Dionne Benson said as regulators look at new, enhanced recommendations on out-of-competition testing, they're going to find policies that will work for the industry. Participating on an equine welfare and veterinary panel March 23 at the RCI conference in New Orleans, Benson is encouraged that

Racing Investigators Conference Set for March: The Blood Horse 2/4/16

By: Frank Angst Racing investigators will cover a wide range of topics when they meet for four days in March at Delaware Park in Wilmington, Del. The Organization of Racing Investigators has set the final agenda for its training conference March 14-17 that will include a March 15 address from Delaware attorney general Matthew Denn

Anabolic Steroids Still Issue in U.S. Racing: The Blood-Horse 2/12/15

By Frank Angst Through the first 10 months of 2014, U.S. horse racing appeared on pace to register its fewest positive drug tests for anabolic steroids since the industry moved to outlaw the drugs from racing in 2008-09. But six positives for the anabolic steroid stanozolol from Nov. 19 to Dec. 19 at Laurel Park