CHRB Passes Third-Party Lasix Administration: Blood-Horse 6/16/16

By: Jeremy Balan Though many local veterinarians again voiced opposition, the California Horse Racing Board approved the third-party administration of race-day furosemide June 16 during a meeting at Santa Anita Park. The final step for the measure to be officially enacted is approval by the California Office of Administrative Law. The CHRB voted 5-0—with member Steve Beneto

The Jockey Club Continues Out-of-Competition Testing Grants:Thoroughbred Daily News 3/17/16

By: TDN The Jockey Club’s Graded Stakes Out-of-Competition Testing Grant Fund will continue to provide racetracks with funding for out-of-competition testing for the presence of blood doping agents and RCI Class 1 substances. The program, created in 2014, has been utilized by tracks in California, Florida, Kentucky, New York and Ontario. Thoroughbred racetracks that elect

Jockey Club Researches the Untapped Power of the Microchip:Paulick Report 2/17/16

By: Natalie Voss The Jockey Club's announcement last summer that it would begin requiring microchips for foal registrations starting in 2017 was met with relatively little fanfare. That could be because microchipping has been standard for Thoroughbred registrations in the United Kingdom and Europe for years. What many horsemen and owners may not have realized,

‘Emerging Threats’ on Horizon for CHRB: Thoroughbred Daily News 6/26/15

RMTC By T. D. Thornton Don’t expect to see any Lasix-free races soon in the Golden State, but the California Horse Racing Board is zeroing in on proactive ways to head off other "emerging threats" to equine welfare, like requiring post-mortem reviews of all on-track fatalities, focusing on quality instead of quantity when it comes

RMTC Board Approves Cobalt Threshold 3/26/2015

NEWS RELEASE March 26, 2015 Contact: Hallie Roach Lewis (859) 224-2848 RMTC BOARD APPROVES COBALT THRESHOLD The board of directors of the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) today announced that a uniform threshold for cobalt regulation in the United States was approved at its regularly scheduled meeting held on March 24 at Gulfstream Park

72-hour surveillance before Santa Anita Derby, Oaks: Daily Racing Form 3/25/15

RMTC By Ira Kaplan ARCADIA, Calif. - Santa Anita will conduct video surveillance for 72 hours before the race for all runners in the $1 million Santa Anita Derby and $400,000 Santa Anita Oaks on April 4, the track announced in a brief statement on Wednesday. This will be the third consecutive year of surveillance

CHRB Rule Would Void Claim if Horse Bleeds: The Blood-Horse 2/18/15

By Jeremy Balan A provision voiding the claim of a horse placed on the veterinarian's list for bleeding was approved for a 45-day public comment period by the California Horse Racing Board, though members expressed their concerns during a meeting Feb. 18 at Santa Anita Park. The proposed amendment on claiming rules states that "bled"

The Equine Biological Passport: Has Its Time Come?: Thoroughbred Daily News 1/23/15

by T.D. Thornton The concept of an equine biological passport (EBP) is not new. But the tone and urgency of its discussion among veterinary and regulatory authorities changed this week in the wake of the cobalt scandal in Australia, where news reports characterized Racing New South Wales officials as "scrambling" to introduce EBPs as a

Cobalt: How Big A Problem in U.S.?: Thoroughbred Daily News 1/21/15

By T.D. Thornton Barely two weeks into 2015, horse racing already has a candidate for scandal of the year: cobalt. Although the bluish metallic element whose name is derived from the German word for a demonic goblin has been linked to equine blood doping for at least two years, cobalt has rocketed to the top