San Isidro Opens New Drug Testing Lab

POSTED ON  |  25-10-2018

San Isidro
San Isidro racecourse in Argentina opened a new drug testing lab Oct. 13 it hopes will eventually receive certification as an International Federation of Horseracing Authorities reference laboratory. The effort to open the new lab has been supported by the OSAF, or Organización Latinoamericana de Fomento del Pura Sangre de Carrera. The lab would be the first in South America to be recognized by the IFHA as a reference laboratory, which according to the IFHA requires the highest quality standards and results.

The Argentine Jockey Club has made a major investment in equipment for the lab. The 2016 addition of a high-performance liquid chromatograph (HPLC) with mass-detection (LCMSMS) has provided a significant increase in testing sensitivity. In 2017 the lab added a Gas-Mass Chromatograph GCMS-Qp2020 aimed at the detection of non-steroid anti-inflammatory substances (NSAIDs), and ICP equipment (Inductively Coupled Plasma), ICPE-9820 Shimadzu, which will allow for the detection and screening for metals such as arsenic, cobalt, lithium and lead.

In November the training of San Isidro´s technical staff will resume, with another trip to the laboratory in Paris. Besides performing post-race testing, San Isidro racecourse has been the first track in all South America to perform pre-race testing—under IFHA and OSAF´s recommendation—in group 1 races since December 2016. The lab at San Isidro tests samples of its races as well as samples arriving from other racecourses, a total of about 5,000 samples annually.

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