Maryland Adopts ” Graded Stakes” Testing on All Samples: The Racing Biz 6/8/16

By: Frank Vespe In a move made with little fanfare, the Maryland Racing Commission earlier this year began testing all equine samples to graded stakes protocol, Commission executive director Mike Hopkins said June 3. The move to upgrade the state’s testing came following the mid-March mid-Atlantic regulators meeting, although Hopkins said it was something that

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

ARCI Announces Members of Compliance Group: The Blood-Horse 9/29/15

By Blood-Horse Staff The Association of Racing Commissioners International Sept. 29 announced members of a committee that will work with regulators in each racing state to complete implementation of reforms that make up the National Uniform Medication Program. The 12 members of the ARCI Compliance Committee were invited by ARCI chairman Mark Lamberth, who has

Delaware Park Latest Track to Boot Vazquez: The Blood-Horse 6/30/15

RMTC By Frank Angst Trainer Juan C. Vazquez is slowly running out of Mid-Atlantic tracks at which to run his horses after Delaware Park informed the trainer he is no longer welcome to race his horse there. On June 30 Delaware Park chief executive officer Bill Fasy said the track had barred the trainer from

Maryland Racing Commission adopts cobalt regulation: The Racing Biz 5/19/15

RMTC By Frank Vespe A year ago at it post-Preakness meeting, the Maryland Racing Commission voted to begin testing cobalt levels in horses in an effort to establish threshold levels and determine whether it needed to regulate the substance. Today, a year later, the Commission voted to do just that. By a unanimous vote, the

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

Broad Horse-Protection Plan Floated by RCI: The Blood-Horse 4/23/15

RMTC By Tom LaMarra The Association of Racing Commissioners International will put out for comment a broad equine welfare proposal that would sanction anyone found to have used excessive amounts of substances to the detriment of racehorses. The proposal was introduced by Rick Goodell, executive director of the New York State Gaming Commission, during the

Broad Horse-Protection Plan Floated by RCI: The Blood-Horse 4/23/15

RMTC By Tom LaMarra The Association of Racing Commissioners International will put out for comment a broad equine welfare proposal that would sanction anyone found to have used excessive amounts of substances to the detriment of racehorses. The proposal was introduced by Rick Goodell, executive director of the New York State Gaming Commission, during the

Grab the Big Hammer: The Blood Horse 2/25/15

RMTC By Eric Mitchell Finding a way to toughen sanctions against trainers who repeatedly break drug-use rules is one of the most important aspects of the National Uniform Medication program. Unfortunately, adoption of the multiple medication violation reform program, which is part of the unification effort, seems to be moving much more slowly than adoption

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