Blood doping racehorses

What counts as doping in horse racing? Just as with human athletes, certain drugs are banned outright in horse racing, including growth hormones, anabolic drugs that increase testosterone, and so-called blood doping drugs which allow the body to send more oxygen to the muscles. Dr Mary Scollay, in a letter to the Kentucky Horse Racing… Continue reading Blood doping racehorses

Innovative Tools to Detect Lameness and Pre-existing Injury in Racehorses

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By JANE ALLIN LAMENESS LOCATOR Lameness is a term used to describe a horse’s change in gait, usually in response to pain in a limb that can occur due to a wide variety of causes (e.g. degenerative joint disease, laminitis, infection). Some conditions are more easily diagnosed and treated than others, which may only cause… Continue reading Innovative Tools to Detect Lameness and Pre-existing Injury in Racehorses

Federal anti racehorse doping legislation on its way

Thoroughbred racehorse Nehro. By Rob Carr, Getty Images.

This article shows what a bunch of comedians we have in the American horse racing industry. The Paulick Report states: Congressman Paul Tonko (D-NY), who serves as co-chair of the bipartisan Congressional Horse Caucus and represents New York’s 20th Congressional District, today announced plans to introduce the Thoroughbred Horse Racing Anti-Doping Act of 2015 to… Continue reading Federal anti racehorse doping legislation on its way

Marketing relies on integrity says Jockey Club; 98.5% of trainers clean

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WHAT THEY SAY Cross-posted from The Blood-Horse WRITTEN BY TOM LaMARRA The Jockey Club intends to continue with its efforts to market Thoroughbred racing and develop new patrons, but the organization's leader said Aug. 12 those efforts must go hand in hand with medication and penalty reforms. Jockey Club chairman Ogden Mills Phipps presented information… Continue reading Marketing relies on integrity says Jockey Club; 98.5% of trainers clean

Kentucky strengthens drug testing of horses

This is encouraging news indeed. The Associated Press reports Sept. 8, 2010: Kentucky officials implemented out-of-competition drug testing for racehorses ahead of this fall’s Breeders’ Cup. The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission unanimously approved the measure, hoping it will further deter instances of blood doping and the use of performance-enhancing drugs. Kentucky’s law borrows from plans… Continue reading Kentucky strengthens drug testing of horses