What to know about Betamethasone

Jane Allin is our genius level resident expert on anything chemical. Alas, she is busy elsewhere so we will have to make do with mere mortals. Actually, all we are going to do — because it is all we can do — is borrow from others who have explained it elsewhere. This drug is in… Continue reading What to know about Betamethasone

Kentucky legislators had no warning on medication reform vote

Kentucky State Sen. Robin Webb (D-18).

There is absolutely nothing benevolent concerning horses or the racing industry when it comes to any of the Horsemen Benevolent and Protective Associations that we can see. Time and time again they work to protect what they deem their interests and against anything that has the slightest appearance of having a positive impact on horse… Continue reading Kentucky legislators had no warning on medication reform vote

WHOA has the answer for rectifying drug culture killing horse racing

Early morning, backside Churchill Downs. Image Charlie Riedel / AP

WHOA PRESS RELEASE The recent Jockey Club Conference at Saratoga left a critical question lying on its 60-year-old Round Table: After all the talk about the drug culture that is killing our sport and our breeding industry, the organization's vice chairman wished for a "magic wand" to rectify the problem, asking "Where do we go… Continue reading WHOA has the answer for rectifying drug culture killing horse racing

Ray Paulick asks when is a ‘milkshake’ not a milkshake. In horse racing.

Fab baking soda uses book cover.

Ray Paulick of the Paulick Report asks the $15,000 question: How does a horse get an elevated carbon dioxide level without being administered a “milkshake,” a procedure that involves tubing a mixture of baking soda, water, and possibly other substances into a horse’s stomach four to six hours before a race? The question is in… Continue reading Ray Paulick asks when is a ‘milkshake’ not a milkshake. In horse racing.

Trainer of Kentucky Derby winner has a troubled record

I'll Have Another winning the Kentucky Derby

Cross-posted from the New York Times by JOE DRAPE "O’Neill’s Derby victory places him — and his troubled record — center stage at a time when thoroughbred racing is facing perhaps its greatest ethical reckoning". A year before, in 2010, O’Neill was punished for administering an illegal performance-enhancing concoction to a horse he ran in… Continue reading Trainer of Kentucky Derby winner has a troubled record

Thoroughbred racing industry leaders launch website on race-day medication

The Jockey Club and the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association (TOBA) launch an advocacy website -- http://www.cleanhorseracing.org -- and its focus issue is the hotly debated usage of race-day medications, in particular Lasix. "As the momentum continues to grow for a ban on race-day medication in this country, we want to keep all industry stakeholders… Continue reading Thoroughbred racing industry leaders launch website on race-day medication

No Salix in Graded Stakes for 2 year old racehorses in 2012

Written by TOM LaMARRA The Blood-Horse The American Graded Stakes Committee said Aug. 10 it will employ a pilot program that will ban race-day medications—primarily the anti-bleeding drug Salix—in graded 2-year-old stakes in 2012. The policy will be evaluated at the end of next year, when a decision will be made whether to continue it… Continue reading No Salix in Graded Stakes for 2 year old racehorses in 2012

Groups react to Breeders’ Cup drug phase-out

WRITTEN BY TONY LaMARRA Reporting for The Blood-Horse July 16, 2011 Industry organizations that have weighed in so far are for the most part supportive of the plan by Breeders’ Cup to phase out race-day medication use in the World Championships beginning in 2012. Others, however, are walking the line or privately indicated concerns over… Continue reading Groups react to Breeders’ Cup drug phase-out