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Belgian Melinois dog
Ruidoso Downs Deploys Drug-Detecting Dog

posted on  |  05-12-18

Chini, a 3-year-old Belgian Malinois, can smell 12 kinds of equine medications. The ongoing fight against the use of prohibited drugs in racehorses now features a drug-sniffing dog named Chini. A 3-year-old Belgian Malinois, Chini was deployed by Ruidoso Downs during its summer meet in 2018, which runs from Memorial Day to Labor Day....

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Belterra Park Ohio
Ohio Racetrack Vets Offer Guidance On Out Of Competition Testing

posted on  |  05-12-18

A quintet of Ohio-based, practicing racetrack veterinarians provided the Ohio State Racing Commission members with their thoughts on out of competition testing at the OSRC's monthly meeting, Nov. 29, in Columbus. The veterinarians—who between them have over 150 years of experience—included: Dr. John Piehowicz,...

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EPO
South African Authority Announces Tests From 170 Top Horses Negative For EPO

posted on  |  05-12-18

The National Horseracing Authority of Southern Africa routinely takes specimens from racehorses to test for prohibited substances.  Normal policy is to take a specimen from at least one horse in each race as well as doing out of competition testing.  As a result, roughly 5,000 specimens are analysed by The National...

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Musselburgh racecourse
Four racehorses die during meeting at Musselburgh

posted on  |  05-12-18

An investigation has been launched after four horses died during one single meeting in East Lothian. The British Horseracing Authority will inspect Musselburgh Racecourse after Leather Belly, Smart Ruler, Sierra Oscar and Kensukes Kingdom lost their lives on Monday. The winner of the first race, Kensukes Kingdom, was badly lame at...

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Hair testing
Hair Analysis Detects Drugs in Horses Weeks, Months After Administration

posted on  |  05-12-18

In the race for the ultimate drug test, Chinese researchers just got a few lengths ahead. In fact, you might even say they got a hundred lengths ahead. That’s because they’ve validated a new hair test that can detect a broad range of “well over 100 prohibited substances in a single analytical run,” their...

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Istock racing
Symposium on Racing: Three tools to fight cheating on the racetrack

posted on  |  05-12-18

The ratio combines a variety of measures – such as the number of medication violations against a trainer and the number of training and racing injuries – and divides them by the total number of the trainer’s starts, Durenberger said. It is intended to be used as a comparison tool against a baseline for a...

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BHA
British racing boosts its anti-doping efforts

posted on  |  05-12-18

British Racing Authorities have boosted their anti-doping efforts, announcing plans to the test the first four finishers in all Group races on the flat and first-grade jumps races. The new initiative, which will formally launch from next year, will include screening for several new substances, including automatic testing for cobalt,...

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Shockwave horse
Leading Woodbine Trainer McKnight, Veterinarian Fined For Shock Wave Therapy Violations

posted on  |  18-11-18

Veterinarian Brian Van Arem and Woodbine's leading trainer, Norman McKnight, were sanctioned earlier this year by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario for violating rules that prohibit extracorporeal shock wave therapy within 96 hours of a race. Van Arem was fined $7,500 Sept. 18 and McKnight was hit with a $5,000 fine...

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Air Quality California Fire
Poor Air Quality Forces Golden Gate to Cancel Racing

posted on  |  18-11-18

The conditions, specifically related to the poor air quality, forced Golden Gate to cancel its live racing Friday and could threaten racing through the weekend if the air quality doesn't improve. Duggan said the usual coastal breezes you would expect to clear the air haven't been present in recent days, which has exacerbated...

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Horse Ambulance
Racetracks welcome NZ's first ever horse ambulance

posted on  |  18-11-18

New Zealand’s first horse ambulance is being welcomed by racetracks in the South Island. The "mobile vet" was built in Dunedin and had its first use at the Otago Racing Club on Melbourne Cup day. Its rollout is timely given the death of Melbourne Cup runner Cliffs of Moher on Tuesday, which has made equine welfare a...

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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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  • Advise racing administrators on the control of diseases in horses

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  • Promote veterinary science in the rules governing horse racing

  • Promote research on equine diseases and drug metabolism that are important to horse racing

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