Federal bill may incentivize States to defund anti-doping and medication rule enforcement

ARCI PRESS RELEASE (Sept 25, 2020) — The newly proposed Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act of 2020 (S.4547) may provide an incentive for States to defund existing anti-doping and medication rule enforcement programs according to an analysis being prepared for the Association of Racing Commissioners International so the group can help achieve a “smooth transition”… Continue reading Federal bill may incentivize States to defund anti-doping and medication rule enforcement

McConnell Bill authorizes strict control of medications in training

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ARCI PRESS RELEASE (Sept 24, 2020) — The federally sanctioned authority empowered by newly proposed legislation by Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell will be able to impose strict controls on the use of any therapeutic medications administered to a “covered horse”, effectively setting the stage for a program that could require a veterinarian to receive prior permission before… Continue reading McConnell Bill authorizes strict control of medications in training

Calhoun suspended after horse tests positive for cannabidiol

HORSE RACING NATION (Apr 14, 2020) — In a ruling posted Tuesday, the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission suspended trainer Bret Calhoun for 30 days and fined him $500 stemming from a positive test for cannabidiol in a winning filly last July at Ellis Park. Calhoun will serve 10 days of the suspension through April 23. Citing… Continue reading Calhoun suspended after horse tests positive for cannabidiol

Horseracing Integrity Act Subcommittee Hearing and video

Horses jump out the gate at Del Mar racetrack in California. Unattributed Google search result.

Updated. We hope you got to watch or listen to the Subcommittee Hearing just conducted on the Horseracing Integrity Act (H.R.1754), chaired by Congresswoman Janice D. Schakowsky. The Hearing began at 10:30 a.m. and concluded at 12:45 p.m. It was riveting, demonstrating how far apart most of racing is regarding the state of its industry.… Continue reading Horseracing Integrity Act Subcommittee Hearing and video

US racing official argues Thoroughbreds are cleaner than athletes in Olympics

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Say what? Greg Hall, who covers Thoroughbred racing for the Louisville Courier-Journal, reports: "Trying to make a point that horse racing is cleaner than the Olympics, an association for state racing commissions wants Olympic drug testers to release the names of athletes who are allowed to use performance enhancing drugs. "The head of the Association… Continue reading US racing official argues Thoroughbreds are cleaner than athletes in Olympics

NM Racing Commission discusses safety rules changes

Teller All Gone euthanized. Jakob Schiller for NYT.

The Associated Press Reports: ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - The New Mexico Racing Commission is holding a public hearing Wednesday on a proposal to adopt stricter standards for horse racing. The commission will take testimony at its Albuquerque headquarters on model regulations developed by the Association of Racing Commissioners International. The move comes after a New… Continue reading NM Racing Commission discusses safety rules changes