The Ray Paulick Report features an article on the annual conference hosted by the Association of Racing Commissioners International (RCI) taking place in Oklahoma City.
The topics dominating the meeting are medications administered to racehorses and the rules regulating veterinarians.
This quote caught my eye:
“Our current enforcement is focused on ensuring that no horse has an unfair advantage on race day. The overwhelming majority of medication violations in racing are for legal substances administered by licensed professional veterinarians. While a commission can suspend or revoke a racing license for a violation of the rules of racing, the ability to suspend or revoke a license to practice veterinary medicine for the inappropriate use of medications to facilitate the running of a horse that should not be allowed to run is beyond the authority of most commissions,” he said.
What stands out as highly encouraging in that quote is the conference is taking a look at injury masking drugs. This is a critical issue often overlooked in the hotly debated topic of racehorse medication policies.