Florida Governor Signs Medication Reform Bill: The Blood-Horse 6/2/15

RMTC By Tom LaMarra Florida Gov. Rick Scott June 2 signed into law legislation that will revamp equine medication and drug testing as part of the National Uniform Medication Program. The law takes effect July 1 of this year. It requires the Florida Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering to adopt rules that govern permitted therapeutic medications

KEDRC Makes Cobalt Policy Recommendation: The Blood-Horse 5/26/15

RMTC By Frank Angst The Kentucky Equine Drug Research Council will advise the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission to adopt rules on the mineral cobalt in line with a Racing Medication and Testing Consortium recommendation. The KEDRC voted May 26 at the Kentucky Horse Park to recommend a Class B penalty when horses test above 50

MJC Issues Preakness Security Protocol: The Blood-Horse 5/12/15

RMTC By Blood-Horse Staff All horses scheduled to compete in the Xpressbet.com Preakness Stakes (gr. I) at Pimlico Race Course must be on the grounds by noon May 14, according to security and pre-race procedures released by the Maryland Jockey Club. According to the procedures, blood specimens will be drawn for all prospective runners later

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 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

New York to Study Use of Race-Day Furosemide: The Blood-Horse 3/23/15

RMTC By Tom Precious New York regulators March 23 said they want to hold a forum to consider the future use of anti-bleeding medication furosemide in the state. Led by New York State Gaming Commission member John Crotty, regulators said they will move ahead with some kind of forum or meeting with industry experts and

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