Commentary: ‘If Florida Can, We All Can’: The Blood-Horse 6/3/15

RMTC By Lonny Powell There is very good news—actually great news—emanating from Florida regarding industry efforts to adopt and implement what is commonly referred to as the National Uniform Medication Program. On June 2 Florida Gov. Rick Scott signed legislation enabling adoption and implementation of the reforms in the Sunshine State. The governor's action followed

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

BC Expands Out-of-Competition Testing Program: The Blood-Horse 6/1/15

RMTC By Blood-Horse Staff Breeders' Cup June 1 said it has extended its out-of-competition drug testing program to include the Breeders' Cup Challenge Series, which offers winners automatic berths in the World Championships. Racetracks that serve as hosts for Challenge Series races will have to meet other criteria as well, including provisions of the National

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

OSRC Meeting offers 2014 Test Results, Figures: Ohio State Racing Commission 5/21/15

RMTC Press Release At the May 19 Ohio State Racing Commission (OSRC) meeting, discussion continued regarding a new study concerning the effects of cobalt on Thoroughbred and Standardbred racehorses. Dr. James Robertson, consulting veterinarian, updated the OSRC on the progress of the OSRC/The Ohio State University (OSU) and Ohio Department of Agriculture’s Analytical Toxicology Laboratory

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

Cobalt Policy Adopted by Regulators: 4/27/15

RMTC Press Release The Association of Racing Commissioners International (RCI) is formally notifying regulators and their testing labs of a new policy that would make it illegal to administer cobalt to a race horse. The RCI Board of Directors last week voted to sanction trainers of horses that were found to have a cobalt level