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Rick Arthur ICRAV
Arthur Expresses Frustration After California OOCT Measure Sent Back To Committee

posted on  |  22-06-18

The California Horse Racing Board voted on Thursday to send a proposed rule governing out-of-competition drug testing back to committee. The Blood-Horse‘s Jeremy Balan, tweeting from the meeting, noted last-minute opposition to the measure from the Thoroughbred Owners of California, who voiced concerns about responsibility for...

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Paul Tonko and Andr Barr
Backers and Foes Of Horseracing Integrity Act To Testify Before Congress

posted on  |  22-06-18

Five racing executives, two members of the House of Representatives and one animal welfare organization official have agreed to testify before a Congressional subcommittee on Friday to discuss the pros and cons of the Horseracing Integrity Act of 2017. The House of Representatives' Committee on Energy and Commerce's...

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Rick Porter
Porter's Rescue Sets Up Shop in Louisiana

posted on  |  22-06-18

When owner Rick Porter established the National Thoroughbred Welfare Organization he did not aim low. His stated goal was to end the slaughter of Thoroughbred racehorses. Porter, along with NTWO President Victoria Keith, have taken their first significant step toward curbing the influx of horses that go to slaughter by establishing a...

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Whip
Researchers Study the Science Behind Whip Use in Racehorses

posted on  |  22-06-18

New industry rules intended to improve horse welfare by decreasing whipping frequency might actually go against the principles of operant training and, specifically, negative reinforcement, one equitation scientist says. Jockeys whip racehorses. But welfare advocates cry out against it. The current compromise? Whip less. But...

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Harness racing istock
Class 1 Drug Found In Pennsylvania Stakes Race No Action Taken

posted on  |  22-06-18

This is a story of a positive test for a Class 1 drug that was lost for eight months, then ignored for a year, only to resurface now. On September 11, 2016, a field of eight Standardbreds competed in the $252,000 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Championship at Harrah's Philadelphia in Chester, Pa. Ten days later, the Pennsylvania Equine...

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Misting system BHA
BHA has introduced state of the art 'cool down areas' at major race courses to aid a horse's post-race recovery

posted on  |  22-06-18

British Horseracing Authority has introduced state of the art "cool down areas" at major race courses to aid a horse’s post-race recovery

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Kentucky Horse Racing Commission
Kentucky Updates Withdrawal, Threshold Guidelines

posted on  |  20-06-18

The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission will revise guidance for medication withdrawal times and thresholds in line with the Association of Racing Commissioners International guidelines—or expected Racing Medication and Testing Consortium updates, the most significant of which are changes to anabolic steroids. At its regular...

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Martin Pakula
Moves to strengthen racing's integrity

posted on  |  20-06-18

The upcoming Aquanita appeals could be the final major racing appeal to be re-heard by the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal following a move in Victorian Parliament on Tuesday to establish new integrity bodies to sit across all three racing codes. A bill was introduced to parliament on Tuesday to create the Victorian...

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Welfare and safety summit
Disaster Planning, Racing Surfaces Among Topics At Annual Welfare, Safety Summit

posted on  |  20-06-18

The eighth Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit, to be held on Wednesday, June 27, 2018, at Keeneland in Lexington, Ky., will update the industry on findings in areas such as equine injury statistics and jockey safety as well as touch on other points of interest including the integrity of racing and the role of trainers in...

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Robert Smerdon
Aquanita appeals set to be heard together

posted on  |  20-06-18

The appeals of four of the trainers disqualified over the Aquanita race day treatments case are expected to be heard together. Robert Smerdon, Stuart Webb, Tony Vasil and Queensland trainer Liam Birchley are all appealing their bans in the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal.

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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.

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