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Kentucky Horse Racing Commission reaches agreement in out-of-competition sample violation

posted on  |  23-02-17

The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KHRC) has reached an agreement with horse trainer and owner Otabek Umarov for a five-year suspension and $5,000 fine following his refusal to comply with equine drug testing regulations. On April 30, 2016, Umarov prevented Commission personnel from collecting an out-of-competition sample...

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Clenbutarol
Ness serving 100-day suspension for clenbuterol positives

posted on  |  23-02-17

Jamie Ness has reached a settlement with Florida regulators in which the trainer will serve a 100-day suspension stemming from multiple clenbuterol positives in 2012 while being able to transfer his horses to his wife and his assistant, the trainer confirmed Wednesday. 

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ARCI
Is the RCI's new integrity compliance panel just another gimmick?

posted on  |  22-02-17

Last month the Association of Racing Commissioners International (RCI), the trade association for racing regulators in North America and the Caribbean, announced the formation of an Integrity Compliance Committee. The announcement came amid survey results of patrons and industry participants that indicate an extremely negative...

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Injection
Two UAE Trainers Handed One-Year Suspensions For Cobalt Overages

posted on  |  22-02-17

A pair of trainers in the United Arab Emirates have been suspended for 12 months each, according to the Emirates Racing Authority, for concentrations of cobalt in excess of 100 micrograms per liter of urine. Trainer Mr. Musabbeh Al Mheiri pleaded guilty to the charge that he presented and raced Vivernus to a victory in Race 3,...

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Greyhound Racing
New South Wales Greyhound Racing Reform Panel

posted on  |  21-02-17

The Greyhound Industry Reform Panel was established to provide recommendations on potential new animal welfare and governance arrangements to reform the industry and restore confidence in its integrity.  They have handed their final report to NSW Premier, Gladys Berejiklian and Minister for Racing Paul Toole. 

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Penn State Horse Racing Commissioner
State probing claim that injured racehorse was allowed to run

posted on  |  21-02-17

The Pennsylvania State Horse Racing Commission has opened an investigation following allegations that a thoroughbred was cleared to race at an Erie-area track last year despite serious injuries. The move follows a letter received last week from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) regarding Charlie's Quest, a horse...

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Legal
The Veterinarian's Role in Equine Cruelty Prosecutions

posted on  |  17-02-17

Hark back to your favorite episode of Law & Order. Jack McCoy is in court, grilling an expert witness whose testimony is critical to the outcome of a big case. In real-life animal cruelty cases, the veterinarian is that expert on the stand, and his or her report can make the difference between a guilty or innocent equine abuse...

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New York Gaming Commission
Glaucine Positives Addressed In New York

posted on  |  17-02-17

On Thursday, February 16, the New York State Gaming Commission announced significant, nation-leading action in addressing the presence of the alkaloid glaucine in the urine and plasma of racehorses, resulting in more than $100,000 in purses returned and 11 disqualifications, plus additional fines and suspension for a single trainer...

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Lab
When Is Tough Drug Testing Too Tough? Trainers, Scientists Voice Concern About Contamination

posted on  |  17-02-17

As post-race drug testing technology continues to improve, some veterinarians and scientists have begun to wonder: at what point do tests catch “pharmacologically irrelevant” amounts of a foreign substance? In a recent article for Trainer magazine, writer Denise Steffanus notes some drugs are known to live in the...

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Legal
Vitali enters horse at Parx after getting stay

posted on  |  16-02-17

Marcus Vitali, the controversial trainer who has been banned by several tracks along the East Coast, has been allowed to enter a horse at Parx after receiving a stay of an ejection order from the Philadelphia-area track, according to officials and rulings. The stay of the ejection order was issued on Jan. 31, according to records of...

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The International Group of Specialist Racing Veterinarians (IGSRV) is an association that unites regulatory racing veterinarians worldwide. The group was founded in 1985 and has played a major role in promoting the welfare and integrity of horse racing; advises authorities  worldwide.

The IGSRV  in association with the Association of Official Racing Chemists (AORC) organises a biennial International Conference of Racing Analysts and Veterinarians.

 

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