MD. Racing Commission Upholds Struth DQ: TheRacingBiz.Com 1/17/17

By: Frank Vespe The Maryland Racing Commission Tuesday decided that the Struth – and the absolute insurer rule – outweighed what it perceived as the truth and Mike Trombetta. The case, which could have had wide-ranging implications not just in Maryland but across the country, instead simply upholds the sport’s longstanding regulatory scheme. Struth, trained

Kentucky Likely to Put Labs to the Test: Blood-Horse 10/29/16

By: Frank Angst The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission will likely run double-blind quality assurance testing on its lab after the state’s Equine Drug Research Council approved plans Oct. 28 to carry out such tests. The EDRC approved up to $16,000 from its Rapid Response fund to work with three lab horses at Kentucky Equine Research

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

RMTC Examining Truesdail Lab After Recent Site Visit: Paulick Report 10/16/15

By: Paulick Report Staff Truesdail Laboratories, which has been the source of controversy since a quality check by the Indiana Horse Racing Commission this summer, is under scrutiny by the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium, according to the Daily Racing Form. The RMTC has sent a report to lab officials outlining concerns about its operations following

Report Recommends Changes at Truesdail Lab: The Blood-Horse 10/2/15

By: Frank Angst The Racing Medication and Testing Consortium has sent Truesdail Laboratories a report listing recommended changes following problems at the lab outlined in a July report by the Indiana Horse Racing Commission. Based on its quality assurance program, the IHRC said Truesdail missed seven positives, including a Class I drug, in just 26

WVRC Votes to Hire New Drug-Testing Lab: The Blood-Horse 7/28/15

By Tom LaMarra The West Virginia Racing Commission voted July 28 to hire a new equine drug-testing laboratory when the contract with its current lab ends at the end of August. West Virginia is one of four states in the Mid-Atlantic region that employs Truesdail Laboratories of California; the others are Delaware, Maryland, and New

Smith’s Oaklawn Stable Grounded By High Cobalt Tests: Paulick Report 3/12/15

RMTC By Ray Paulick While Indiana is the only American racing jurisdiction to adopt rules regulating cobalt levels in Thoroughbreds, stewards at Oaklawn Park have put all of the horses from trainer Kenny Smith’s racing stable on the vet’s list after four runners from his barn tested for elevated levels of the substance that many

Regulation of Cobalt Slowly Moving Forward: The Blood-Horse 3/10/15

RMTC By Tom LaMarra The Racing Medication and Testing Consortium may be close to recommending policy on the endogenous element cobalt, which when administered in high doses is believed to enhance production of red blood cells. In a related matter, the Indiana Horse Racing Commission March 10 adopted emergency regulations for regulation of cobalt in

Maryland Trainers Cited for Compounded Drug: The Blood-Horse 2/1/15

By Tom LaMarra Three trainers have received suspensions and fines in Maryland in conjunction with positive tests for stanozolol, a synthetic steroid formerly known as Winstrol that is now available only through drug compounders. The steroid was detected by Truesdail Laboratories in samples taken from racehorses in December and January at Laurel Park, according to