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 designed to avoid detection of the drug, which stimulates the production of oxygen-carrying red blood cells. Abuse of the substance,
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
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
By: Matt Hegarty LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Kentucky Court of Appeals has reversed a lower court decision from last year that sent tremors through the racing regulatory community by throwing out the state’s absolute-insurer rule in a case centered on a drug positive for a horse trained by Graham Motion more than three years ago.
By: Matt Hegarty The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission on Tuesday placed three drugs on its prohibited substances list following positive findings for two of the substances in horses that raced in the state this fall. The two positives were both reported to commission staff in September by the commission’s testing laboratory, one for cannabidiol, which
By: Frank Angst The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission will revise guidance for medication withdrawal times and thresholds in line with the Association of Racing Commissioners International guidelines—or expected Racing Medication and Testing Consortium updates, the most significant of which are changes to anabolic steroids. At its regular meeting June 19 at the Kentucky Horse Park, the
By: Natalie Voss Aminorex has already caused a few headaches for regulators. If a recent Kentucky Equine Drug Research Council (EDRC) meeting is any indication, it's destined to have a few more reaching for the aspirin. Aminorex is a stimulant that was once available in the human market as a weight loss aid. It was
In approving an updated standard to its out-of-competition drug testing, the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission required horses who receive anabolic steroids to go on the vet's list for at least six months. The change is in line with the model rule on anabolic steroids approved in late 2016 by the Association of Racing Commissioners International.
By: Frank Angst The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission will soon consider changes to the voided claim rule after its rules committee recommended updates to the standard. In a unanimous vote, the KHRC's rules committee approved Jan. 16 updates that would require all horses claimed in a race be subject to post-race drug testing. Furthermore, if
By: Matt Hegarty The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission on Tuesday unanimously approved a schedule of racing dates for next year that looks nearly identical to the schedule for the past two years. This is the second year in the row in which there has been no public discord over the dates assignments, following several years