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

Successful Lab Accreditation Push Down to Just a Handful: THA Racing.Com 6/29/17

By: Tom LaMarra Ten United States laboratories that test samples taken from racehorses in 31 of 34 racing jurisdictions applied for lab accreditation through the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium, and nine are now accredited. Labs that have successfully completed two rounds of proficiency testing and have passed an on-site inspection are the UC-Davis Kenneth

NYSGC Approves Third-Party Lasix Administration Rule: Thoroughbred Daily News 6/26/17

By: TDN The New York State Gaming Commission unanimously approved a proposal to formalize race-day administration of Lasix by third-party veterinarians during its meeting Monday in Manhattan. Under the rule, recommended by the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) and consistent with model rules of the Association of Racing Commissioners International, Inc., only third-party veterinarians

NM Meeting Designed to Bring About Change: Blood-Horse 8/3/16

By: Tom LaMarra The New Mexico racing and breeding industry recently held the first of what could become a regular series of meetings to address common issues, including equine medication and drug testing protocol. The meeting was organized by New Mexico Horse Breeders president Ralph Vincent and moderated by Dr. Dionne Benson, executive director of

Maryland Tracks Not Accepting Entries from Trainer Vitali: Daily Racing Form 4/30/16

By: Jim Dunleavy The Maryland Jockey Club is looking into pending medication violations against trainer Marcus Vitali in Florida, according to Sal Sinatra, president of the MJC. Vitali, the third-leading trainer at the Gulfstream Park winter meet, relocated his 35-horse stable to Laurel Park earlier this month. Vitali acknowledged Saturday that on his lawyer's advice,

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

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