• ARCI's Martin: Cheating Not 'Ubiquitous' In Racing
    Paulick Report

    02/03/2017

    Ed Martin, president of the Association of Racing Commissioners International, submitted the following as a rebuttal to a recent two-part series in the Paulick Report, written by former Indiana Horse Racing Commission executive director Joe Gorajec. Those articles, dealing with what Gorajec referred to as a “culture of cheating,” can be read in WHOA press.

  • Inside the Desperate Battle against Sports Doping
    SPIEGEL

    01/17/2017

    USADA headquarters is located in an office complex in the town of Colorado Springs at the edge of the Rocky Mountains. The men and women who work here are considered the most tenacious doping investigators in the world. In recent years, the agency has uncovered the doping practices of some of the biggest names in sports, including cyclist Lance Armstrong and the world-class sprinters Tyson Gay and Marion Jones.

  • Gagliano: a system change we can't afford to pass up
    Thoroughbred Racing Commentary

    10/17/2016

    Polling of  U.S. horse racing bettors has repeatedly demonstrated that drugs and integrity issues are two of the top three issues facing the sport, and 92 percent of them say they want to see uniform medication policies implemented faster than they are being adopted now.

    We all know the problem. But what is the best solution?

    The members of the Coalition for Horseracing Integrity believe we need a systematic change in the way Thoroughbred racing is regulated.

    • We need better and more uniform rules.

    • We need harsher penalties for integrity-related violations.

    • And we need improved drug testing, including much more out-of-competition testing and more robust investigations.

       

  • Tonko proposes anti-doping rules for horse racing
    Times Union

    09/26/2016

    U.S. Rep. Paul Tonko wants to ban doping of race horses.

    The congressman is proposing an anti-doping bill that penalizes breeders, owners and trainers who feed or inject their horses with performance- enhancing drugs. Co-sponsored with Republican Rep. Andy Barr of Kentucky, the bill would also standardize rules, which currently vary state-to-state.

    "There is concern that the equine athlete is not abused," said Tonko, D-Amsterdam. "Doping is disturbing. We want to make sure it doesn't happen."

    Tonko went onto say that unlike human athletes, equine athletes don't have a choice or an opportunity to say no.

  • The Friday Show Presented By Woodbine: A Gaping Hole In Drug Testing?
    Paulick Report

    09/26/2016

    There are several areas in which the Thoroughbred racing industry has made progress in recent years. Random, out-of-competition drug testing isn't one of them.

    In this edition of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick discuss why out-of-competition testing is vital to racing and why it's been such a struggle to put it in place in many jurisdictions.

  • Renewed Calls for Strict Federal Oversight of Thoroughbred Horse Racing
    NBC Washington

    09/26/2016

    Animal welfare groups, industry officials and political leaders are renewing their calls for stricter federal oversight of thoroughbred horse racing, after a series of reports by the News4 I-Team.

    Supporters of two different pieces of legislation have cited the I-Team’s findings in championing their proposals for change.

    The I-Team investigation in August revealed at least 160 horse deaths at the Charles Town Races track in West Virginia since 2014. Though the rate of horse deaths at Charles Town is nearly average the rate of thoroughbred breakdowns nationwide, the investigation also detailed dozens of positive drug tests by horses at Charles Town and an ongoing dispute over the positioning of race stewards at the track by the West Virginia Racing Commission.

     

  • Coalition For Horse Racing Integrity: In Wake of Vitali Case, 'We Need Better Regulation'
    Paulick Report

    09/26/2016

    The Paulick Received the following Letter to the Editor from the Coalition for Horse Racing Integrity, whose members include national and local organizations representing breeders, owners, sale consignors, racetracks and veterinarians 

    As a group that shares the common belief that the Thoroughbred racing industry is in serious need of medication reform, we would like to commend the Paulick Report for its insightful, ongoing coverage of a saga involving a Florida-based trainer with numerous medication violations (“Vitali License Reinstated, Despite Record That Includes Complaint Of Cruelty.”

  • Stronach Ban is News to Suspended Trainer Vitali
    TDN

    09/26/2016

    An investigative piece by the Paulick Report Monday detailed Vitali’s voluntary relinquishing of his Florida training license earlier this year to avoid sanctions for multiple medication violations, an aborted attempt to relocate his racing operation to Maryland, and a complaint about alleged animal cruelty involving a claimed Thoroughbred that was closed by Florida authorities because of “insufficient proof.”

    According to that article, dating to 2011, Vitali has had 23 equine medication violations in Florida alone. The piece also reported that under the terms of a July 1 “settlement agreement,” Vitali is currently sitting out a 120-day license suspension from the Florida Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering and has been assessed a $7,000 fine.

  • Ritvo: Stronach Tracks Bar Vitali, Hunter From Entry Box
    Paulick Report

    09/26/2016

    Trainer Marcus Vitali, currently serving a 120-day suspension for multiple medication violations in Florida, has been told by officials with The Stronach Group – owners of Gulfstream Park in Florida, Laurel Park and Pimlico in Maryland and Santa Anita Park and Golden Gate Fields in California – that they will not take entries from him in the future and asked Vitali to leave the Gulfstream Park property.

    Trainer Allan Hunter, in whose name Vitali's horses have been running over the last two months, has also been told his entries will not be accepted by Stronach Group tracks. Hunter has been given 10 days to remove all of the horses currently under his care from Gulfstream Park. Hunter has one former Vitali horse entered on Friday's Gulfstream Park program that will be allowed to run, according to Tim Ritvo, chief operating officer of The Stronach Group's racing division.

  • 'The Optics Are Horrible': March Of Out-Of-Competition Testing Is A Slow One
    Paulick Report

    09/26/2016

    One of the familiar themes at the Jockey Club's 64th annual Round Table Conference held Aug. 14 in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. was the usefulness of an out-of-competition drug testing program (OOCT) in horse racing. Jeff Novitzky, vice president of athlete health and performance for Ultimate Fighting Championship, pointed out the importance of OOCT to anti-doping efforts at the UFC and for Olympic athletes. One thing that wasn't presented was a comparison of how horse racing is doing with OOCT.

    Out-of-competition testing was once heralded as the future of horse racing regulation — and critical to making and keeping the sport cleaner. Ten years in, it isn't catching on with much urgency.

  • UFC's Novitzky gets in the ring at Round Table
    Daily Racing Form

    08/15/2016

    Horse racing may not appear to have much, if anything, in common with mixed martial arts. Still, an official with that sport’s most prominent league will attempt to lay out its common ground with racing on Sunday as a guest of The Jockey Club at its Round Table Conference on Matters Pertaining to Racing in Saratoga Springs.

    Jeff Novitzky, the vice president of athlete health and performance for the Ultimate Fighting Championship, is scheduled to speak just prior to the Round Table’s keynote speaker, Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges, the chief executive of the Hong Kong Jockey Club. Novitzky’s placement near the end of the program telegraphs The Jockey Club’s estimation of his message, which will focus on the UFC’s recent hiring of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency to design and enforce the sport’s drug-testing program.

  • Call Issued for Consensus on Medication Plan
    The BloodHorse

    08/15/2016

    The need for consensus among major stakeholders in horse racing in regard to drug testing and enforcement of penalties again was a major theme during The Jockey Club Round Table Conference held Aug. 14 in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

    There were, as expected, endorsements for the Thoroughbred Horseracing Integrity Act of 2015, which would grant the United States Anti-Doping Agency authority over a uniform equine medication and testing program. But there also were subtle suggestions the industry could, if it bridges a rather large divide, accomplish its objective perhaps without help from Congress.

  • Jockey Club Round Table Encourages Reform, Exchange Of Ideas
    Paulick Report

    08/15/2016

    The exchange of ideas was a central theme at The Jockey Club's 64th annual Round Table Conference, which took place at the Gideon Putnam Hotel in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. on Sunday morning. Two of the speakers on the schedule brought inspiration for improvement to American racing from other businesses: Jeff Novitzky, vice president of athlete health and performance for Ultimate Fighting Championship (better known as UFC, the leading mixed martial arts organization), spoke about anti-doping, while Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges, CEO of the Hong Kong Jockey Club, spoke about customer service and integrity.

  • Medication Reform Heads Jockey Club Roundtable
    TDN

    08/15/2016

    Though many other issues were discussed Sunday morning, the principal theme of The Jockey Club’s 64th annual Round Table Conference on Matters Pertaining to Racing was medication reform in the United States.

  • The Real Problem With Drugs In Horse Racing
    TDN

    07/27/2016

    Last week, this space discussed and theorised about the potential impact of drugs that seek to enhance the peak performance levels of racehorses. Unsurprisingly, the piece generated quite a bit of comment given just how hot a topic performance-enhancing drugs in sport is right now. However, while drugs such as anabolic steroids and cobalt chloride that bid to enhance peak performance levels are the ones that many people fear the most, horse racing arguably has far bigger problems with another medication-related issue, that of an over-reliance on and abuse of therapeutic medications.

  • Let's Talk About Drugs In Racing
    TDN

    07/27/2016

    The issue of drugs in sport has never been bigger than it is now. There have been so many performance-enhancing drug scandals in recent years that it has bred a culture of scepticism of sporting success amongst the public. Brilliant performances are immediately questioned as being too good to be true, with the trainers/coaches that oversee the success of athletes often coming under as much suspicion as the athletes themselves.

    Horse racing has not escaped such scrutiny, with both legal and illegal drugs being a constant subject of controversy and debate. Around the major racing nations of the world there have been steroid scandals and cobalt controversies, not to mention ongoing entrenched debates about what the medication rules should allow on a day-to-day basis. This, combined with the omnipresence of drug scandals in the wider world of sport, has led many to have a heightened scepticism about just how level the playing field is in the high-stakes world of horse racing.

  • Hundreds of racehorses die at the track each year. Their deaths may be preventable
    The Washington Post

    07/17/2016

    “In the rest of the world, horse racing is more of a sport. In the U.S., it’s got a little bit of a business aspect to it,” said Rick Arthur, the equine medical director at the California Racing Board. “Horse racing needs to become drug-free, and when I talk about drug-free, I’m talking about international standard. I think we need to do that to be able to convince the public that the horse is our primary interest. I think that’s absolutely imperative for horse racing to succeed in a very changing environment.”

  • Q&A with Wayne Pacelle and Joe De Francis
    The BloodHorse

    07/13/2016

    On June 22, 2016, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) chief executive officer Wayne Pacelle announced the formation of its HSUS National Horse Racing Advisory Council. The chairman of the council is Joe De Francis, the former CEO and controlling shareholder of the Maryland Jockey Club.

    Pacelle and De Francis recently answered some questions from Blood-Horse about HSUS and the new council. 

  • Travis T. Tygart: Come Clean, Russia, or No Rio
    The New York Times

    06/16/2016

    Colorado Springs — FOR those who love clean sport, discovering the extent of Russia’s state-supported doping program has been a nightmare realized. Russian whistle-blowers have come forward with evidence of shadow laboratories, tampering by state intelligence officers andswapped samples at the Olympics. This is a violation of the very essence of sport and — only months from the Summer Games in Rio — an assault on the fundamental values of the Olympic movement.

  • A Push to Improve Welfare of Horse Racing's Involuntary Heroes
    The New York Times

    06/15/2016

    The powerful Jockey Club is working with the Humane Society to eliminate the scourge of doping and, in the process, get the fragmented racing industry to play by a single set of rules.

    The two groups are supporting federal legislation, the Thoroughbred Horse Racing Anti-Doping Act of 2015, that would put the United States Anti-Doping Agency in charge of monitoring the administration of race-day medication at the track. The organizations hope to put USADA, an independent agency, in a position to police the sport’s deeply rooted doping culture.

    Race-day doping is particularly troublesome. It can give horses an advantage, but it can also put already injured horses, who should not be racing, at risk of greater, even catastrophic, injury.

  • Gary Contessa Op/Ed: Patchwork System Needs to Change
    TDN

    06/08/2016

    When it comes to achieving true uniformity of medication and drug rules in our sport, we can’t continue to have a patchwork system of regulation. It is time for a change and to me the Barr-Tonko bill is the best option for our sport.

  • Drug use may threaten horse racing's future
    The Baltimore Sun

    05/16/2016

    Former Maryland Jockey Club CEO Joseph A. De Francis watches the Triple Crown races with growing anxiety, worried that an overmedicated horse will collapse in front of millions of viewers, sending the industry's already tenuous fortunes tumbling along with it.

    Questions about drugs in the sport have "the potential to explode on the industry like a nuclear bomb," said De Francis, 61, who spent 35 years in the business and once was a partner in Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course, which will host the Preakness on Saturday.

  • A year after American Pharoah, U.S. horse racing faces uneasy future
    Reuters

    05/08/2016

    A year after American Pharoah became the first horse since 1978 to win the Triple Crown, U.S. thoroughbred racing officials have struggled to build on that excitement or agree on whether the sport needs a commissioner to rein in its disparate players.

    Saturday's running of the 142nd Kentucky Derby, the most famous race in America and the first in the Triple Crown series of three races, puts horse racing at the center of attention for many sports fans, a place it only rarely occupies.

    Some who see dark clouds for the industry advocate placing it under the control of a single person, at least as it comes to drug testing for the horses to crack down on cheating. Others question the need to horse around with a formula that has worked for decades in a $25 billion industry.

     

  • Supporters of legislation to reform horse racing regulations speak out
    Daily Racing Form

    05/05/2016

    Members of the Congressional Horse Caucus held a hearing-style discussion of a bill seeking to restructure the regulation of U.S. racing on Thursday afternoon in Washington, D.C., with supporters vowing to continue to press for adoption of the legislation.

    The meeting was put together by Reps. Paul Tonko of New York and Andy Barr of Kentucky, the co-chairs of the Congressional Horse Caucus and the sponsors of the legislation. Five panelists were invited to provide comments about the legislation, with four of the panelists clearly in support of the bill. The fifth, a representative of a national horsemen’s organization, urged legislators to keep the current state-by-state approach to regulation in place.

  • Horse Caucus Takes Testimony on Drug Bill
    BloodHorse

    05/05/2016

    Members of the Congressional Horse Caucus April 28 discussed the pros and cons of legislation that would grant the United States Anti-Doping Agency oversight of equine medication policy, testing, and enforcement during the first hearing on a bill introduced in the United States House of Representatives last spring.

  • DeFrancis Emerges as Powerful Voice for Reform
    TDN

    05/05/2016

    WASHINGTON–A new day, another hearing, a familiar story. That’s often been the case over these many years as reform-minded politicians have held several hearings to discuss efforts to bring reform to horse racing, particularly in the area of drugs. Thursday’s hearing of the Congressional Horse Caucus, which has been pushing for passage of the Horse Racing Integrity Act of 2015, didn’t exactly crack the mold as it failed to accomplish much in the area of breaking new ground.

    But it did feature a relatively new player in the debate over federal intervention and drugs and one who came with a powerful message. Joe DeFrancis, the former chief executive of Pimlico and Laurel who is currently advising the Humane Society of the United States, brought his A game to the nation’s capital Thursday. DeFrancis was unwavering and unapologetic when he warned the racing industry that if major changes are not made, the sport could suffer dire consequences.

  • Fravel: Barr-Tonko Bill 'Creates A System That Makes Sense'
    Paulick Report

    05/05/2016

    In his statement, Fravel said, “We should not confuse progress with success and we who profess our commitment to integrity, uniformity and transparency should not be content with any system so long as there is room for major improvement.” He continued, “The system contemplated by H.R. 3084 shrinks 38 rulemaking and enforcement bodies to one. … It creates a system that makes sense, and I want to thank Congressman Barr and Congressman Tonko for their concern for our industry and their support for an effort to make a great sport as good as it can be.”

  • Former Jockey Club chief says racing has reached 'critical state' over drug policies
    The Baltimore Sun

    05/06/2016

    The public's dwindling confidence in American horse racing's medication policies "has reached a critical state" bordering on an industry "crisis," former Maryland Jockey Club chief executive Joseph A. De Francis told members of Congress Thursday.

    Speaking before the Congressional Horse Caucus, De Francis said that the industry has failed "to address on a national level" the issue of abuse and misuse of racehorse medications.

  • Vitali Case Gives Congressional Horse Caucus Real-Life Example Of Broken System
    Paulick Report

    05/06/2016

    It's time for the Congressional Horse Caucus members to go on a field trip. May I suggest they take a break today from their hard work at the U.S. Capitol and make the short drive up the Baltimore-Washington Parkway to spend an afternoon at Laurel Park in Maryland? They can see first-hand how badly the current structure for regulating medication policies in horse racing is broken.

  • Horse racing industry divided on need for federal oversight
    The Hill

    05/06/2016

    The Thoroughbred racing industry is divided over whether Congress should create a national regulatory body to monitor the use of drugs in racehorses competing in races all the way up to the Kentucky Derby.

    “I’d be willing to publicly debate anyone who has the nerve to stand up and take the stance that racing is better with drugs,” racehorse owner and celebrity chef Bobby Flay told lawmakers on Thursday.

  • Medication Reform Best Way To Honor Memory Of Dinny Phipps
    Paulick Report

    04/10/2016

    Cleaning up racing has been a life-long mission that, ultimately and unfortunately, Dinny Phipps was not able to complete.

    His death on Wednesday at the age of 75 is a profound personal loss for his family, friends and associates. His passing is also enormously significant to those of us who want horse racing to overcome the stigma of a game where cheating is often perceived to be as important to winning as superior bloodlines and good training. Though others will carry the torch forward, it is difficult to see how anyone will be as committed to the cause of clean sport as Dinny Phipps has been for decades, both as one of the game's leading owners and breeders and as a fearless industry leader.

  • Letter to the Editor: Russell S. Cohen, DVM
    TDN

    03/29/2016

    Thoroughbred racing has a drug problem and, collectively, we hold the blame, yet we can fix it. I personally do not care about semantics, misinformation, mischaracterizations and hurt feelings. Let me restate: I do not care one bit. I care about horses, horse racing, and the owners who have skin in the game, who put up their money, their hopes, their desires, their time and their dreams.

    Jockey Club Executive Vice President and Executive Director Matt Iuliano had the guts to speak out in a recent letter to the editor to the TDN [click here], arguing that those opposed to medication reform base their position on “the bedrock assumption that everything is totally fine in the realm of Thoroughbred medication regulation.” I agree with Iuliano. That assumption is totally false.

  • Letter to the Editor: Eric Hamelback
    TDN

    03/29/2016

    The Thoroughbred Racing Integrity Act of 2015, or HR 3084, has recently been brought back into the Turf Media among certain proponents...

  • Ray Paulick: What Good Is A Model Rule In Horse Racing If No One Follows It?
    Paulick Report

    03/23/2016

    Imagine, for a minute, that the rules governing the National Football League were developed the same way as horse racing regulations.

    During an annual meeting, personnel from the NFL league office would discuss and approve “model rules” for the game, then team owners around the league would be encouraged – but not required – to adopt them. We might have instant replay to help officiate games in Chicago but not in Green Bay. The Houston Texans may decide they don't want to follow protocol for concussions. The Seattle Seahawks could develop their own definition of pass interference. And the New England Patriots might thumb their nose at the league's “model rule” for inflating footballs.

  • Iuliano: H.R. 3084 Best Opportunity For Meaningful Reform
    Thoroughbred Daily News

    03/20/2016

    I read with great interest the comments expressed by the chairman of the Delaware Thoroughbred Racing Commission and Association of Racing Commissioners International (ARCI) stalwart, W. Duncan Patterson, at the annual meeting of the Organization of Racing Investigators held recently at Delaware Park (Delaware Regulator Argues USADA in Racing a Mistake, TDN, March 15, 2016). 

    Mr. Patterson’s comments fall in line with the campaign of misinformation waged against H.R. 3084, the Thoroughbred Horseracing Integrity Act of 2015, by opponents of the bill over the past several months.

  • Press Release: Thoroughbred Horseracing Integrity Act Earns 25 House Cosponsors
    03/15/2016

    “I’m grateful for the members of Congress from both parties who have stepped forward to support the goals of the Thoroughbred Horseracing Integrity Act,” said Congressman Andy Barr (R-KY). “Achieving this milestone is evidence of the growing support for uniform medication standards which will enhance the safety and integrity of Thoroughbred horseracing in America.” 

    “I am energized to see this critical, bipartisan legislation approach 25 cosponsors,” said Congressman Paul Tonko (D-NY), “and I look forward to working with Congressman Barr to push this closer to the finish line.

  • NYRA joins push for USADA oversight
    Daily Racing Form

    03/11/2016

    NYRA, which operates Aqueduct, Belmont, and Saratoga under a lease from the state, is the most prominent racetrack operator to join the effort to support the legislation, which is opposed by most racetracks, horsemen’s groups, and state racing commissions. Last year, the Keeneland Association, which runs two prestigious three-week race meets and conducts North America’s largest Thoroughbred auctions, also endorsed the legislation. Several harness tracks and other minor tracks have announced support for the bill.

  • Judge: CHRB can't enforce Los Alamitos Hair-Testing House Rule
    Paulick Report

    03/12/2016

    On March 10, 2016, in Department 85 of the Los Angeles County Superior Court, the Honorable James C. Chalfant, Judge presiding, granted Quarter Horse Owner Gustavo De La Torre's petition for a writ of mandate directing the California Horse Racing Board to set aside its approval of the Los Alamitos Race Course “house rule” providing for disqualification of horses resulting from hair testing for albuterol and clenbuterol, both authorized medications in California. Additionally, the court ruled that De La Torre is entitled to declaratory and injunctive relief against both the California Horse Racing Board and Los Alamitos regarding enforcement of the illegal “house rule.”

  • What We Know About Cobalt - And, Worryingly, What We Don't
    Thoroughbred Racing Commentary

    02/09/2016

    The start of the New Year didn’t precipitate an end to the long conversation surrounding cobalt, the little trace element that just won’t go away.

  • Irish Clamp Down on Cheats
    Sporting Post

    02/08/2016

    Horses found to have been administered prohibitive substances, including anabolic steroids, are set to be handed lifetime bans in Ireland.

  • HBPA Convention Rolls On
    TDN

    02/06/2016

    The Thoroughbred Horseracing Integrity Act of 2015 introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives appears stalled, without a sponsor and companion bill in the Senate to date, faces constitutionality issues raised by the Congressional Research Service and lacks co-sponsors on the committee with jurisdiction, the lobbyist for the largest coalition of owners and trainers said Saturday.

  • HBPA Told To Fight Back Against 'Elitists' In 'Environment Of Poison'
    Paulick Report

    02/04/2016

    Eric Hamelback likes to focus on the positive in horse racing. Running his first winter convention as chief executive officer of the National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association, the former general manager of Frank Stronach's Adena Springs in Kentucky put together several panels on Thursday's opening day designed to give HBPA members reassurance that the light at the end of the tunnel isn't an oncoming train.

  • Ireland: Lifetime Ban For Horses Administered Prohibited Substances
    Paulick Report

    02/04/2016

    Horses found to have been administered prohibited substances, including anabolic steroids, will be banned for life in Ireland.

  • Beshear: Challenges Remain for Horse Industry
    Bloodhorse

    02/02/2016

    Steve Beshear, the former two-term governor of Kentucky whose run ended in December 2014, said the recent winter storm that dumped about 10 inches of snow in Lexington and twice that much in eastern parts of the state drove home the point he didn't have the same responsibilities.

  • Kiaran McLaughlin: The Day I Realized Horses Don't Need to Run on Medication
    Thoroughbred Racing Commentary

    01/29/2016

    In the first part of his recent Q&A with Karen M. Johnson, trainer Kiaran McLaughlin talked about his exciting prospects for 2016, especially his Kentucky Derby hope Mohaymen and his star older horse, the Dubai World Cup-bound Frosted. Here, in part two, he looks back on his days training for the Maktoums in Dubai and what he learned there, and he talks about his views on Lasix, coping with multiple sclerosis, and the best horse he has trained - so far.

  • McLaughlin on Lasix: 'We Should Be Able To Be Without It In America'
    Paulick Report

    01/29/2016

    Kiaran McLaughlin spent 10 years training racehorses for the Maktoum family in Dubai, where horses cannot be given any medications within seven days of a race. The trainer referred to the ability to run horses without Lasix or other race-day medications as “eye-opening” in an interview at thoroughbredracing.com.

  • Trainer, Vet Relationships Discussed at ARC
    TDN

    01/28/2016

    The relationship between trainer and veterinarian was among the topics of conversation during a panel yesterday at the 36th Asian Racing Conference that included Australian owner Terry Henderson, who pulled no punches when criticizing what he viewed as his country’s over-reliance on vets. “It concerns me that in Australia, vets seem to have a free hand to treat horses in the stable without daily reference to the trainer,” said Henderson.

  • Putting More Bite Into Drug Enforcement Rules
    Horse Racing Business

    01/21/2016

    Minutes before the kickoff of the 2016 National Football League playoff game between the Denver Broncos and the Pittsburgh Steelers, an announcer casually reported that Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who had a separated shoulder, had been injected with a painkiller so he could play.  Imagine the outcry if such an announcement were made during a Kentucky Derby telecast about one of the entries.

  • New Research Could Put Regulators on Trail of Horsemen Using Synthetic Steroids
    Paulick Report

    12/14/2015

    The fight against illegal drugs in horse racing may have gotten another boost on Monday, when the Kentucky Equine Drug Research Council voted to approve funding for a new kind of drug test. The Council approved a proposal to spend a total of $195,474 over two years (if the first year's research proves successful) to develop an biochemical test for the equine sex-hormone binding globulin. This blood protein attaches itself to androgen and estrogen to help them move through the body of horses, people, and other vertebrates.

  • Hong Kong: Lab Chief Sees Need for 'Game-changing' Approach to Testing
    Paulick Report

    12/11/2015

    Sunday's Hong Kong International Races at Sha Tin race course will, from a drug control standpoint, be among the cleanest anywhere in the world.

  • Medication: Is America Actually Asking Too Much of the NUMP Initiative?
    Thoroughbred Racing Commentary

    12/07/2015

    Recently, I spoke at a continuing education conference for racing officials. The focus of the presentation was whether our expectations of what the National Uniform Medication Program (NUMP) can do to “fix racing” are realistic.

    From my perspective, the progress made towards writing and adopting uniform rules and recommended penalties in the last five years far exceeds that made during the last five decades combined.

  • Commentary: Results of Uniform Medication Rules 'Appear Confusing at Best and Disingenuous at Worst'
    Paulick Report

    12/07/2015

    Dr. Jennifer Durenberger wonders if Americans are “asking too much” of the National Uniform Medication Program in an editorial on Thoroughbred Racing Commentary.

  • Oaklawn to Continue With Lasix-free Bonuses
    TDN

    12/03/2015

    Even though a 10% purse bonus for winning races while not running on Lasix failed to yield an increase in the actual number of Lasix-free winners at last year’s meet, Oaklawn Park will continue the program in 2016, the track’s director of racing, David Longinotti, confirmed Wednesday.

  • Op/Ed: Lasix: Why the Effinex Team Just Said Yes
    TDN

    12/01/2015

    The 2014 GI Wood Memorial was approaching and Dr. Russell Cohen not only wanted to win the race with Effinex (Mineshaft)–he wanted to make a statement. Cohen is a veterinarian who practices at the NYRA tracks, is a breeder and manages Tri-Bone Stables for his mother, Bernice, and he’s an outspoken hay, oats and water advocate. He was determined to succeed without any drugs, particularly Lasix, and prove that it could be done.

  • Is The Barr-Tonko Bill Doomed to Never Get Off The Ground?
    Thoroughbred Racing Commentary

    12/01/2015

    On the eve of this year’s Breeders’ Cup, Representative Joe Pitts (R-Pa) posted on his website a report put together by the Congressional Research Service — an organization that provides policy and legal analysis to committees and members of both the House and Senate — into the Thoroughbred Horseracing Integrity Act of 2015 (H.R. 3084), which is currently working its way through Washington.

  • Letter to the Editor: Lloyd Wickboldt, MD
    TDN

    11/24/2015

    In reading the charges and fines against trainer Steve Asmussen in the Nov. 24 issue of TDN, I was upset to read that the administration of the thyroid hormone, thyroxine, T4, (a thyroid hormone molecule with 4 attached iodine atoms), was being referred to as a thyroid “supplement”. A supplement, in the truthful sense of the word, is/are the building blocks, which when administered to an animal/human allows the body to make its own natural chemicals and structures.

  • Mark Casse: The Reasons Race-day Lasix is Essential in America
    Thoroughbred Racing Commentary

    11/24/2015

    In the second part of Karen M. Johnson’s interview with Mark Casse, the trainer, winner of two Breeders’ Cup races and nearly $13 million in prize money this season, gives his views on one of the most controversial subjects in North American racing today.

  • Crist: A Lasix Argument That Doesn't Hold Water
    Daily Racing Form

    11/19/2015

    The results of a Daily Racing Form survey on medication last month attracted scant attention when published Oct. 26, understandable since entries had just been taken for the Breeders’ Cup races later that week. They are worth another look, however, as they contained a key finding that contradicts a theory that many in the industry have been promoting for years.

  • Time For A Change? Veterinarian's List No Safe Harbor For Racehorses
    Paulick Report

    11/18/2015

    On Jan. 27, 2015, six Thoroughbreds went to the post for the second race at Turf Paradise, but only five came back. Four-year-old Time for a J fractured the sesamoids in his left front leg and was euthanized on the track.

  • Coalition For Horse Racing Integrity: Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association Now On Board
    11/03/2015

    The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association announced today that it will become a member of the Coalition for Horse Racing Integrity and support HR 3084.

  • Commentary: Lasix Industry an Out-of-Control Juggernaut
    Paulick Report

    11/16/2015

    Now that the dust of American Pharoah's Classic victory has finally settled, it is time to take a look at the underlying story at this year's Breeders' Cup: the Lasix issue. The seemingly endless debate over the pros and cons of race-day medication was brought into sharp relief at Keeneland with the decision landing decidedly in the cons corner.

  • McGaughey Talks Lasix, USADA Oversight
    Paulick Report

    10/23/2015

    “I think a lot of us use Lasix as a crutch."

  • Commentary: Horse Racing Regulators Should Not Be Promoters
    Paulick Report

    10/20/2015

    Should horse racing regulators be promoters? Not according to former Indiana Congresswoman Jill Long Thompson, who wrote in the Journal Gazette of Fort Wayne, Ind., that “promoting and regulating are two different functions that at times can be at complete odds with one another.”

  • Irwin: Indiana Commission Actions Don't Pass Smell Test
    Paulick Report

    10/19/2015

    Absent a smoking gun that would lead to evidence of unethical behavior on the part of Joe Gorajec, the dismissal of the former executive director of the Indiana Racing Commission sends the wrong message to regional and national participants in horse racing.

  • Racing Board Out of Bounds With Firing
    The Journal Gazette

    10/19/2015

    Recently, the Indiana Horse Racing Commission unanimously voted to remove its executive director, Joe Gorajec, who had held the position since the commission’s inception. Thomas Weatherwax, the commission’s chairman, told the Indianapolis Business Journal that Gorajec was fired because he was too focused on enforcing regulations and he was not focused enough on marketing and promoting horse racing.  In other words, Gorajec was fired for doing his job.

  • Gorajec: Barr-Tonko Bill Only Path Toward Uniformity
    Paulick Report

    10/15/2015

    The following commentary was written by Joe Gorajec, who on Saturday was relieved of his job as executive director of the Indiana Horse Racing Commission (IHRC), a position he held for nearly 25 years... Gorajec was advised, in no uncertain terms, that he was not to have the article published.

  • Barr Thanks Keeneland for Support of Thoroughbred Horseracing Integrity Act
    Barr Press Release

    10/09/2015

    “The support of Keeneland, my home racetrack and home of the 2015 Breeders’ Cup World Championships, is a significant sign of momentum for our legislation and further evidence of the broad and growing coalition on our efforts,” said Congressman Barr.  “I thank the Keeneland Association and all those who are fighting with us for the future success, integrity, and competitiveness of the thoroughbred industry.”

  • Beshear Should OK Lasix-Free Races
    Lexington Herald-Leader

    09/25/2015

    There's no way to know how many Thoroughbreds would go to the post free of a controversial, but popular, drug until more tracks offer some Lasix-free races. That's why Gov. Steve Beshear should open the door to such races in Kentucky, even though a legislative committee recently turned thumbs down on the proposal from the Racing Commission.

     

  • New York Adopts Rule to Limit Use of NSAIDs
    Bloodhorse

    09/24/2015

    The New York State Gaming Commission Sept. 24 passed several rule amendments related to equine medication, including further restrictions on the use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and a total ban on stanozolol, an anabolic steroid.

  • New York Commission Approves Cobalt Threshold, Additional Drug Rules
    Paulick Report

    09/24/2015

    The New York State Gaming Commission unanimously proposed a series of updates to the state’s codes for post-race drug testing Thursday, including adding a threshold for cobalt.

  • Arapahoe Park Joins Groups Supporting USADA
    Bloodhorse

    09/24/2015

    The Coalition for Horse Racing Integrity announced Sep. 24 that Arapahoe Park has joined as a member. The addition of the Arapahoe County, Colo. track is the sixth to join the coalition.

  • Horseplayer Thoughts on USADA Oversight
    Horseplayer Monthly

    09/23/2015

    You Said Yes to US Anti-Doping Agency Oversight in Horse Racing – But Tentatively So... In July, the Horseplayers Association of North America commissioned a survey of its membership, with regards to the Tonko-Barr Bill. 

  • Kavanagh Hit With Nine-Year Ban
    TDN

    09/21/2015

    Australian trainer Sam Kavanagh has been banned from the racing industry for nine years and three months for his involvement in 23 offences related to cobalt and race-day medication, according to Racing and Sports.

  • OP/ED: Mary Scollay
    TDN

    09/18/2015

    As someone with longstanding personal and professional commitments to equine health and safety, I found the recent “Where’s the Positive” commentary by Eric Hamelback, the chief executive officer of the National HBPA, in the August 20, 2015, edition of the Thoroughbred Daily News to be disappointingly misleading.

  • The Furosemide Debate: Why It's Not Such a Big Issue in Europe
    Thoroughbred Racing Commentary

    09/17/2015

    With debates currently raging on the pros and cons of the use of furosemide (commonly called Lasix or Salix), and both camps putting up compelling arguments, the fact that the drug is banned on race days in all racing countries other than the United States and Canada gives rise to the question, how do those trainers cope without it?

  • Integrity Coalition Continues To Grow
    Standardbred Canada

    09/16/2015

    The Coalition for Horse Racing Integrity recently announced that Centaur Gaming – which owns and operates Indiana-based Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, Indiana Grand Racing & Casino and several off-track betting facilities – has joined as a member.

  • Standard Issue: Drug Testing Far From Uniform In American Horse Racing
    The Guardian

    09/16/2015

    After American Phaorah’s colors were lowered in the Travers Stakes at Saratoga, the sense of shock and awe still bristling the packed grandstand, the Triple Crown winner was led over to the post-race test barn where samples of his blood and urine were taken. These samples were then numbered before being sent to the New York’s Equine Drug Testing Program at Morrisville State College for analysis to ensure that no medications in his system exceeded threshold levels.

  • Grayson Jockey Club Announces Funding For Two EIPH Studies
    Paulick Report

    09/15/2015

    Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation today announced that it has launched the funding of two projects aimed at in-depth investigation of the pathophysiology of Exercise-Induced Pulmonary Hemorrhage (EIPH) and the effect of the medication furosemide on that condition. The American Association of Equine Practitioners’ AAEP Foundation is playing a prominent role in funding the projects, and Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation has reached out to racetracks to complete the funding.

  • Racing Commentary with Bob Barry: Fear Of An Unknown Planet
    Bloodhorse

    09/15/2015

    Throwing a Hail Mary. Pulling the goalie. Desperate measures are all right, if they are taken in desperate times. Thoroughbred racing has lately added a new one. Taking an intractable problem to Washington so that Congress might fix it.

    If House Resolution 3084—the Thoroughbred Horseracing Integrity Act of 2015—can complete the steeplechase from "bill" into "law," New Year's Day 2017 will ring in a new era for American racing. Whether race-day Lasix will be a part of that brave new world is anybody's guess, and that is putting the knickers of more than a few trainers into an awful twist. Nothing strikes fear into people quite like the unknown. 

  • Restoring Integrity to Horse Racing
    Gagliano in The Hill

    09/14/2015

    Beyond the Triple Crown races each spring, the Breeders’ Cup World Championships each fall and the occasional feature film profiling legendary horses like Secretariat or Seabiscuit, the American public has limited mainstream exposure to thoroughbred horse racing.

    In fact, recent polling found that while the vast majority of adults in the U.S. called horse racing both exciting and fun to watch, only 14% had a very favorable view of the industry.

  • Anti-doping Agency Just What Horse Racing Needs
    Lexington Herald Leader

    09/14/2015

    This commentary is signed by Craig Fravel, president and CEO of Breeders' Cup Ltd.; Arthur and Staci Hancock, owners of Stone Farm and Water Hay Oats Alliance supporting members; Bill Lear, vice chairman of The Jockey Club; and Chauncey Morris, executive director of Kentucky Thoroughbred Association and Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders.

    The opinion piece published Aug. 31, "Barr's drug-testing bill unnecessary for racing," perpetuates various myths about the Thoroughbred Horseracing Integrity Act. 

    It's not the first time that Ed Martin of the Association of Racing Commissioners has stretched the facts rather than constructively engage on the goals of the legislation or the proposed role of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency in improving existing regulation of medication use and testing

  • USADA Contributes to Steroid Crackdown
    Blood-Horse

    09/02/2015

    The United States Anti-Doping Agency assisted the Drug Enforcement Agency in a nationwide series of enforcement actions targeting the global underground trade of anabolic steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs, the DEA said Sept. 1.

  • New York Horsemen Commit $450,000 To Purchase New Drug Testing Equipment
    Paulick Report

    09/01/2015

    The New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (NYTHA) today announced its commitment to acquire state-of-the-art testing equipment for the New York Equine Drug Testing and Research Program at Morrisville State College.

  • California Trainers Pledge $150k To Race-Day Surveillance
    Paulick Report

    08/31/2015

    The leadership of California Thoroughbred Trainers (CTT) has voted unanimously to pledge $150,000 from its reserves to initiate and assist in leading a comprehensive race‐day camera surveillance and security program in stable areas at Thoroughbred tracks in California.

  • Taking My Money Elsewhere: California Gets It Wrong On Lasix
    Paulic Report

    08/26/2015

    I’m sure my money won’t be missed, but I can’t in good conscience place any more bets on races in California – not after what happened at the California Horse Racing Board meeting last week.

  • Use of Lasix on Horses Raises Issues at New York Racing Commission Forum
    Times Union

    08/25/2015

    Banned for use during race days in most other countries, horsemen, veterinarians and others are starting to ask if the drug, should be disallowed in the U.S. due to questions about its efficacy and long-term safety.

  • Louisiana Adopts Therapeutic Drug Schedule
    Blood Horse

    08/25/2015

    The Louisiana State Racing Commission Aug. 24 adopted the Controlled Therapeutic Medication Schedule of 26 commonly used substances. Under the schedule only the anti-bleeding drug furosemide, also called Lasix or Salix, is permitted on race day.

  • Stating The Case For Medication Reform
    Paulick Report

    08/24/2015

    In major industry forums supporters of the Thoroughbred Horseracing Integrity Act of 2015 (THIA) methodically laid out our case. In response, detractors are now throwing far-fetched arguments against the wall to see what sticks.

  • Hayward: Anti-Doping Agency Would Be 'Single Most Important Development' In Racing In Over A Decade
    Paulick Report

    08/21/2015

    In a recent column for the Thoroughbred Racing Commentary, former New York Racing Association president Charles Hayward voices his support for U.S. racing to have an independent agency in charge of handling medication policies and enforcement.

  • Report: CHRB Delays Decision on Third-Party Lasix Administration
    08/21/2015

    At its meeting held Thursday at Del Mar, the California Horse Racing Board postponed making any decision on third-party administration of Lasix, or furosemide, instead deciding to send the proposal back to committe for further review.

  • How Cheats Cheat: Why Dopers Have the Edge on Athletics' War on Drugs
    08/20/2015

    From micro-dosing to the latest drug that circumvents WADA testing the athletes are in the ascendancy according to the experts in the field, who concede: ‘Drug testing has a public reputation that far exceeds its capabilities’

  • Arthuer: CHRB Delay on Third-Party Lasix an 'Embarrassment'
    TDN

    08/20/2015

    A rule to require third-party administration of furosemide (Lasix), which has been debated and tweaked in various forms by the California Horse Racing Board since 2012, was picked apart and batted back and forth for 90 minutes Thursday at the board’s monthly meeting before finally being remanded back to the Medication and Track Safety Committee for further clarification.

  • Where's the Positive?
    TDN

    08/19/2015

    Recently, I reconnected with a good friend over lunch. He too works in the Thoroughbred racing industry and has been a very high-profile executive. During our meeting we spoke openly about issues challenging our industry and asked ourselves, what areas are our positives? I am very happy to say the positives were plentiful and, while there are negatives, none of them seemed insurmountable.

  • RCI Chairman Takes Hypocritical Stance on Federal Racing Bills
    Paulick Report

    08/19/2015

    Mark Lamberth, a member of the Arkansas Racing Commission and chairman of the Association of Racing Commissioners International, turned the dial on the BS Meter all the way up on Tuesday in a press release on RCI letterhead stating: “Entire Arkansas Horse Racing Industry Opposes Federal Bills.”

  • National Anti-Doping Agency Would Be The Most Important Development In U.S. Racing In Over A Decade
    Thoroughbred Racing Commentary
    Charles Hayward, former President of NYRA

    08/19/2015

    Every racetrack executive, owner, bettor, trainer, breeder, jockey and industry participant should inform themselves and support this important federal legislation giving USADA the control of the U.S. equine medication rules, drug testing, research and enforcement policies.

  • Federal Horse Racing Bill Applauded
    Brereton C. Jones Commentary
    Courier Journal

    08/18/2015

    Legislation proposed by U.S. Reps. Andy Barr of Kentucky and Paul Tonko of New York is appealing to me. The main thrust of the new bill is to appoint the United States Anti-Doping Association (USADA) to oversee drug policy in American Thoroughbred horse racing.

  • Horse Racing Needs an Independant Anti-Doping Agency
    Times Union

    08/17/2015

    Horse racing has been wrestling with the question of how to handle anti-doping regulation for what seems like ages.  That's why today, many of us at the forefront of the sport have come to the conclusion that in order to settle (and end) the question of doping, we must actually take it out of horse racing's hands.

  • Andy Barr: Legislation Helps Ensure Integrity, Economic Future of Thoroughbred Racing
    Rep. Andy Barr in the Lexington Herald Leader

    08/17/2015

    With renewed public interest following American Pharoah's amazing run to the Triple Crown, now is the time to build on the progress made by the consortium and finally achieve uniformity in the rules of racing. That is why I, along with my co-chair of the Horse Caucus, Rep. Paul Tonko, D.-N.Y., have introduced the Thoroughbred Horseracing Integrity Act, legislation that would establish an independent, nongovernmental anti-doping authority charged with implementing a national uniform medication program with input from the industry.

  • Debate Over Drugs in Horse Racing Persists
    Post Star

    08/15/2015

    If there is one issue that won’t go away in horse racing, it’s the use of drugs for the equine athletes. People have argued — and will continue to — over which drugs should be used, if they should be used, how much of each drug should be used and when they should be used.

  • Debate Over Federal Bill Begins in Earnest
    Blood-Horse

    08/12/2015

    A co-sponsor of federal legislation that would authorize oversight of equine medication and drug-testing said he believes members of Congress could schedule a committee hearing on the bill this fall.

  • Gloves Off at Institute on Equine Racing & Gaming
    Thoroughbred Daily News

    08/11/2015

    There was another Battle of Saratoga Tuesday in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. It involved verbal salvos from both sides over proposed legislation in the U.S. Congress to form a national authority to develop, regulate and enforce uniform medication policy for Thoroughbred racing in America.

  • We Have a Trust Issue in Horse Racing
    Courier Journal

    08/10/2015

    Gov. Steve Beshear, having presented the Kentucky Derby and eighth and final time this past May, on Sunday reiterated his desire Sunday for uniform medication standards in horse racing across the nation.

  • Federal Legislation to Reform Medication Rules Discussed
    The Horse

    08/10/2015

    Thoroughbred racing should continue its pursuit of federal legislation for the purpose of reforming the industry’s medication rules...

  • Round Table Conference Recap
    Thoroughbred Daily News

    08/09/2015

    There was no mistaking the theme to the The Jockey Club’s 63rd annual Round Table Conference on Matters Pertaining to Racing Sunday morning: support for federal legislation to put in place uniform national medication rules with oversight by the United States Anti-Doping Agency.

  • USADA Under the Microscope
    Daily Racing Form

    08/09/2015

    Under the bill, USADA would control a federally created governing board that would set medication policies for the entire U.S. In turn, USADA would ensure that those policies are enforced by monitoring the drug-control programs of state racing commissions while also directing a national Thoroughbred racing drug-testing program.

  • Round Table Aftermath: ARCI's Martin Calls Jockey Club Direction 'Unfortunate'
    Paulick Report

    08/09/2015

    Following Sunday’s Jockey Club Round Table on Matters Pertaining to Racing, held in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., the following statements were issued by Ed Martin, president of the Association of Racing Commissioners International. 

  • Jockey Club Round Table: Glass Half Full Or Half Empty?
    Paulick Report

    08/09/2015

    The sixty-third annual Jockey Club Round Table conference took place on Sunday at the Gideon Putnam Resort in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Depending upon your perspective, it was either a marker of tremendous positive change for the racing industry, or a reminder of just how slowly things progress in the sport.

  • Independance Day?
    Blood-Horse

    08/08/2015

    Believing his organization would benefit horsemen if allowed to guide a new approach to medication oversight in racing, United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) chief executive officer Travis Tygart is asking trainers to evaluate what an independent agency would mean for them and the sport.

  • TRA Board Has Newfound 'Sense Of Urgency' on Medication Policies
    Paulick Report

    08/08/2015

    At their meeting on Friday, August 7, in Saratoga Springs, the Thoroughbred Racing Associations (TRA) Board of Directors reiterated their firm commitment to the implementation of uniform medication policies with a sense of urgency throughout the United States.

  • USADA Chairman Edwin Moses, Governor Beshear to be Featured Speakers at 63rd Round Table Conference
    Jockey Club Press Release

    07/31/2015

    Edwin Moses, Olympic great and chairman of the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), and Governor Steve Beshear of Kentucky will be the featured speakers when The Jockey Club holds its 63rd annual Round Table Conference on Matters Pertaining to Racing Sunday, August 9, at the Gideon Putnam Resort in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

  • Equine Vets In Push to Develop Raceday Alternatives to Lasix
    Horse Talk

    07/30/2015

    The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) says it is committed to identifying non-raceday treatment alternatives to Lasix to reduce the chances of racehorses bleeding into their lungs.

  • Next Up For Antidoping Regulators: Horse Racing
    Associations Now

    07/20/2015

    Organizations in the sport of horse racing appear to be mostly ready to embrace a new antidoping bill that would replace a patchwork of rules governing what drugs horses may be given on race day. While a broad coalition is starting to form around the measure, not everyone’s convinced.

  • Federal Lawmakers at Odds on USADA Bills
    Blood Horse

    07/17/2015

    Federal lawmakers who support the United States Anti-Doping Agency providing oversight of drug testing in all forms of horse racing have blasted federal lawmakers who support the United States Anti-Doping Agency providing oversight of drug testing just in Thoroughbred racing. Welcome to Washington.

  • Salix-Free Race Proves Popular
    ESPN

    07/16/2015

    A race-day medication-free race proved so popular at the entry box July 15 that the over-subscribed field of 2-year-old fillies was split into two divisions for the July 18 program at Gulfstream Park.

  • Gulfstream's First Lasix-Free 2yo Race Splits
    Thoroughbred Daily News

    07/15/2015

    Gulfstream Park’s first foray into writing Lasix-free races for juveniles drew enough interest from horsemen Wednesday that a 4 1/2-furlong $65,000 maiden special weight for fillies–to be run Saturday–was split into two divisions of 11 and 12 runners.

  • Congressmen Proposing Uniform Drug Rules in Horse Racing
    FOX News

    07/16/2015

    Two congressmen are introducing a bill that would establish uniform drug and medication standards in thoroughbred racing in 2017.

  • Handicapping the D.C. Medication Push
    The Courier Journal

    07/13/2015

    The effort to put horse racing's drug testing under the agency that coordinates testing for Olympic athletes is sure to draw objections from usual sources; but what will be most interesting is where a Louisville-based industry behemoth stands. And that, of course, refers to Churchill Downs Inc.

  • Progress Made in Adoption of Uniform Medication Program
    Horse Racing Nation

    07/08/2015

    In the last six months, the horse racing industry made significant progress toward the uniform adoption of a national medication program, as regulators in a number of additional jurisdictions adopted reforms developed by the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) and enacted as model rules by the Association of Racing Commissioners International (RCI). 

  • Thyroid Medication Could Be Banned in Sports
    Wall Street Journal

    07/07/2015

    Amid suspicion of abuse, members of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency and U.K. Anti-Doping ask the World Anti-Doping Agency to ban synthetic thyroid medication.

  • KHRC Delays Action on Medication Rules
    The Blood Horse

    06/29/2015

    The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission on June 29 delayed taking a vote on proposed rules on medication testing, withdrawal guidelines, and disciplinary measures and penalties that included rules on the mineral cobalt. 

  • An Unlikely Ally? Getting to Know the Humane Society of the United States
    Paulick Report

    06/24/2015

    The announcement last month that the Jockey Club and Breeders’ Cup would join forces with the Humane Society of the United States to back a federal anti-doping bill was a surprise to some in the Thoroughbred world.

  • Florida: Race-Day Medication Limited To Lasix Starting July 1
    Paulick Report

    06/23/2015

    Beginning July 1, the anti-bleeding medication furosemide – commonly known as Salix or Lasix – will be the only therapeutic agent that can be administered on race days at Florida Thoroughbred tracks, including Tampa Bay Downs.

  • Horse Deaths At Race Tracks Should Be As Rare As Triple Crown Winners
    Bradenton Herald

    06/22/2015

    Seeing the video of the fourth race held the day of the Belmont Stakes, when a horse named Helwan broke his leg and was euthanized, reminded me of the very first time I saw a horse break down during a race. It was many years ago, and I thought it would be the only time. I thought that a death on the track was as rare as a Triple Crown winner.

  • Maryland Steroid Positives Raise Questions For Veterinarians
    Paulick Report

    06/21/2015

    In a recent commentary for DVM 360, Dr. Ed Kane wrote that the anabolic steroid positives detected in Maryland at the end of 2014 and 2015 raise a number of questions about the responsibilities of veterinarians on the backstretch. Although experts agree that there are appropriate applications of anabolic steroids in the treatment of certain ailments, the hormones should not be used as performance enhancers.

  • Proposed Bill Calls for Federal Anti-Doping Racing Rules
    The Horse

    06/17/2015

    Administering race-day medications to racehorses would be banned a under proposed bill introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives this week. The legislation would also put an independent anti-doping agency in charge of enforcing rules and penalties for violators.

  • Counterpoint: Clearing Up Thoroughbred Racing Misconceptions
    Star Tribune

    06/12/2015

    Article missed the mark on horses, drugs and abuse. 

  • American Pharoah: Triple Crown Win Rewrites Racing History
    The Wall Street Journal

    06/07/2015

    With the historic win, horse racing has the opportunity to capitalize on the sport’s increased spotlight

  • NBA'S Stern, WADA Chief Howman, Stronach Highlight Pan American Conference
    Paulick Report

    06/06/2015

    The two-day Pan American Conference, co-hosted by The Jockey Club, the breed registry for Thoroughbreds in North America, and the Latin American Racing Channel (LARC), concluded Friday afternoon at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City with presentations from prominent individuals from inside and outside the Thoroughbred racing industry focusing on anti-doping, globalization and marketing.

     

  • Medication Reform Focus at Pan Am Conference
    BloodHorse

    06/05/2015

    The second day of the inaugural Pan American Conference in New York City June 5 was heavy with presentations regarding medication regulation and reform in horse racing.

  • New Federal Medication Bill Introduced
    Thoroughbred Daily news

    06/05/2015

    A week after New York congressman Paul Tonko introduced federal legislation to establish uniform drug and medication standards in Thoroughbred racing, three other representatives introduced similar legislation Thursday.

  • Horse Sense Needed to End Doping in Horse Racing
    Humane Society

    06/05/2015

    In the run-up to the Belmont Stakes tomorrow, I participated in a discussion yesterday on public radio about the rampant doping of racehorses and the need for reform within an industry that has failed to take responsibility for its problems and runs through its athletes as if they are expendable commodities. 

  • International Racing Body Aims for Drug-Free Sport
    HorseTalk.co.nz

    06/04/2015

    A global anti-doping policy is at the forefront of plans by the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities, after its chairman and vice-chairmen were voted in for a further three-year term.

  • Thoroughbred Race Horse Trainer William White Leads Florida Horsemen In Heralding Race-Day Medication Reform Law HB 239
    06/03/2015

    Florida Governor Rick Scott signed HB 239 relating to Medication and Testing of Racing Animals today, June 2, 2015.  Effective July 1, 2015, the bill will dramatically change Chapter 550.2415, Florida Statutes, which has governed the use of Florida Thoroughbred race-day medication for more than 25 years.

  • I Love Animals, How Can I Love Horse Racing? It Requires Denial
    The Guardian

    06/03/2015

    Sometimes, the answer is that by being part of it, I can hope to be a small part of improving conditions for horses.

  • Ontario Testing for Cobalt Effective August 1, 2015
    Ontario Racing Commission

    06/03/2015

    At its meeting on May 28, 2015, the Board of the Ontario Racing Commission (ORC) approved a General Directive ordering that all horses that have been selected to provide an Official Sample (blood) as defined by the Canadian Pari-Mutuel Agency (CPMA) will also be tested for cobalt. Once the CPMA has completed the official testing, the ORC will subject the samples to enhanced testing for the presence of cobalt.

  • Florida Governor Signs Race-Day Medication Legislation
    Paulick Report

    06/02/2015

    Florida Governor Rick Scott signed HB 239 relating to Medication and Testing of Racing Animals today, June 2, 2015. Effective July 1, 2015, the bill will dramatically change Chapter 550.2415, Florida Statutes, which has governed the use of Florida Thoroughbred race-day medication for more than 25 years.

  • Hundreds of Delegates from More than Two Dozen Countries Descend on NYC for Pan American Conference
    The Jockey Club

    06/02/2015

    More than 300 representatives from over 27 countries will converge on New York City this week for the two days of business presentations focusing on the sport of Thoroughbred racing as part of the Pan American Conference.

  • WV Racing to Have Role in Legislative Review
    Blood Horse

    06/02/2015

    The West Virginia Racing Commission June 2 authorized creation of a committee that will be charged with providing information to a legislative select committee that will undertake a comprehensive study of the state's racing and gaming industries.

  • Breeders' Cup Announces Safety, Security Initiatives
    The Horse

    06/02/2015

    The Breeders' Cup announced a series of safety and security initiatives extending through the Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series on June 1.

  • 2015 Breeders' Cup Safety & Security Standards Extend to Challenge Series
    Breeders Cup Press Release

    06/01/2015

    The Breeders' Cup announced today a series of safety and security initiatives extending through the Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series. A prominent element of the program, developed in consultation with tracks participating in the Challenge Series, will focus on extending the Breeders’ Cup out-of-competition testing program throughout the Series.

  • Change Needed In New York's Drug Testing Policy
    Paulick Report

    06/01/2015

    The New York State Gaming Commission was none too happy with a Natalie Voss article published in the Paulick Report earlier this year calling into question the state’s drug testing program under Dr. George Maylin.

  • Khalifa Issues Law on Horse Racing
    Emirates 247 News

    06/01/2015

    The President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan has issued Federal Law No. 7 of 2015 to combat the trade or use of banned substances in horse racing and equestrian sports events in the UAE. The Cabinet has also issued the Implementing Regulations of the new law.

  • Tonko Seeks Anti-Doping Regulations For Horse Racing Industry
    WAMC Radio

    05/29/2015

    Capital District Congressman Paul Tonko is introducing legislation to crack down on illegal doping in thoroughbred horse racing. 

  • Drug Research Council Advances Cobalt, GABA Guidelines For Kentucky Racing
    Paulick Report

    05/26/2015

    At a meeting on Tuesday, the Kentucky Equine Drug Research Council voted to advance threshold recommendations for cobalt and GABA (gamma aminobutyric acid, also known as Carolina Gold) for consideration by the state’s racing commission. 

  • KEDRC Agrees on Cobalt Thresholds
    05/27/2015

    The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission’s Equine Drug Research Council (KEDRC) yesterday approved threshold levels for cobalt and sent the measure on to the KHRC board for full consideration.

  • CHRB: $1.2 Million Added To UC Davis Drug Testing, Research Budget
    Paulick Report

    05/23/2015

    It was announced at the monthly meeting of the California Horse Racing Board (CHRB) Thursday that $1.2 million had been added to the budget for drug testing and research at the U.C. Davis Maddy Laboratory.

  • WADA Op-Ed: "Media - the 4th Estate in Anti-Doping"
    World Anti Doping Agency Op-Ed

    05/20/2015

    WADA Op-Ed piece by Ben Nichols, WADA Senior Manager, Media Relations and Communications

  • Indiana Ousts Widely-Used Drug Testing Lab For 'Continued Failure to Detect Substances'
    The Paulick Report

    05/19/2015

    Officials at Truesdail Laboratories in Irvine, Calif., said they plan to contest a May 12 decision by the Indiana Horse Racing Commission to terminate the company’s equine drug testing contract after Truesdail failed to detect high levels of commonly used corticosteroids in three samples taken from harness horses competing at Hoosier Park in late March and early April.

  • Arapahoe Park Gearing Up For Start of 2015 Racing Season
    The Paulick Report

    05/18/2015

    Horse racing in Colorado is in the midst of a renaissance.  With Colorado’s live horse racing season in 2015 scheduled to begin on May 22, Arapahoe Park is launching the theme of “Where Horses Come First” to reflect the growth of the Aurora, Colorado track.

  • Los Alamitos Owner Urges AQHA To Adopt Hair Testing 'To Save The Sport We All Love'
    The Paulick Report

    05/16/2015

    Dr. Edward Allred, owner of Los Alamitos, has written an open letter to Quarter horse owners, trainers and nominators to races at his Orange County, Calif., racetrack about the hair follicle testing program he has implemented for some high-profile races to stop abuse of performance enhancing drugs like clenbuterol, albuterol and zilpaterol, including off-label varieties.

  • Horse Fails Drug Tests in Consecutive Starts
    The Blood-Horse

    05/13/2015

    F and F Stable's Best Play failed drug tests in back-to-back starts for trainer Luis Miranda in late 2014 and early 2015 at Aqueduct Racetrack, a circumstance New York's state steward said he can't recall ever previously happening.

  • ARCI Rule Would Put Trainers, Vets, On the Hook For "Excessive" Overages
    The TDN

    05/13/2015

    The most egregious abusers of performance-enhancing equine drugs and those who load up on supposedly therapeutic medication regimens might soon face more intense scrutiny and the threat of drastic penalization based on a new rule modeled on whole-horse health that is being drafted by the Association of Racing Commissioners International (ARCI).

  • Australian Equipment To Test Racehorses For 8,000 Drugs
    The Paulick Report

    05/11/2015

    Australian racehorses will soon be screened for more than 8,000 drugs from a single drug test.

  • Racing's Staring Down the Barrell of Politics and Public Perception
    Horse Race Insider

    05/07/2015

    Question: When does a “shameless publicity stunt,” a proposed piece of legislation that would shut down the Internet to horse racing, stop becoming the sucker-punch by which it was delivered?

    Answer: When, in the long term, the end result compels the Thoroughbred racing industry to finally get its entire act together, once and for all.

  • RCI Officially Adopts Cobalt Policy
    TDN

    04/28/2015

    The Association of Racing Commissioners International Board of Directors, which voted last week to make it illegal to administer cobalt to a racehorse, is now formally notifying regulators and their testing labs of its new policy, according to a release from the organization.

  • Cobalt Policy Adopted by Regulators
    Horse Racing Nation

    04/27/2015

    The RCI Board of Directors last week voted to sanction trainers of horses that were found to have a cobalt level of 50 parts per billion (ppb) or greater of blood plasma or serum with a “B” penalty, which calls for a minimum 15-day suspension, a minimum $500 fine, and 4 points on the trainers Multiple Medication Violation record. 

  • Kentucky Derby Runner a 'Clean' Crusader
    04/27/2015

    And what will make his presence so special - particularly to the members of the emerging anti-medication group WHOA (Water Hay Oats Alliance) - is that Mubtaahij will run clean of any raceday treatment but, specifically, the anti-bleeding medication furosemide. It is legally permitted across the US but banned in every other jurisdiction on the planet.

  • Tarnishing American Racehorses
    HorseRacingNation.com

    04/21/2015

    The American public has been hoping for a Triple Crown winner for thirty-seven years now. According to some, it hasn’t been won in a long time because it is simply harder to win. These knowledgeable people say that with bigger and fresher fields, it’s harder to win all three races, and that the limited amount of time between the races (five weeks) is not enough. However, it has been enough time for eleven horses, and nearly enough time for forty-seven more. The reason we haven’t seen a Triple Crown in decades? No one knows for sure, but two leading reasons may be the use of drugs on race day and the breeding of American racehorses.

  • Mubtaahij to Race Medication Free in Kentucky Derby
    ESPN

    04/19/2015

    Mubtaahij has never raced on the anti-bleeding medication furosemide (Salix, commonly called Lasix) and the U.A.E. Derby winner will run without it in the May 2 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs, the first horse in 10 years to do so.  "He's never run on it, he doesn't bleed, and I'm not prepared to take my chances running him on a substance he's never run on before," de Kock said. "He's good enough without it."

  • Testing, Testing: How Strong Are Racing's Drug Testing Programs?
    The Paulick Report

    04/16/2015

    When the state of Maryland released a call for proposals from laboratories interested in taking on the state’s post-race testing, Dr. Rick Sams, director of the HFL Sport Science Lab in central Kentucky, read over the rules carefully. The request had a number of requirements regarding the ideal candidate’s certifications but left the actual description of the testing to be done fairly open.

  • Field Looks Strong Going into Kentucky Derby
    GamingToday.com

    04/14/2015

    I don’t know if it has to begin with breeders or trainers or a national racing board or what. But it has to start somewhere or the breed will just continue passing on the genes of less durable horses that have their performances based on the right medication rather than talent.

  • American Racing's Slow-Moving War On Cobalt
    Paulick Report

    03/30/2015

    The majority of regulatory agencies that govern the sport are the tortoise: conservative, slow moving, carrying too much of a burden to be nimble, ambling along while seemingly oblivious to the world around them.  The cheaters in horse racing, those willing to bend or break the rules to win, represent the hare: amoral and arrogant risk-takers but quick on their feet.

  • The Country Where Stallions Who Have Ever Had Lasix Are Disqualified For Breeding
    Thoroughbred Racing Commentary

    03/27/2015

    It’s one of the great anomalies of modern racing - the bare figures tell you the German breeding industry is in decline, yet the horses being produced year-in, year-out tell a story of a flourishing and increasingly influential system envied more and more around the world.

  • Four Veterinarians Hit With Criminal Charges Over Pre-Race Drug Administrations
    Paulick Report

    03/27/2015

    Each defendant is charged with allegedly administering drugs to thoroughbred race horses within 24 hours of when the horse was entered to race. This conduct was in violation of the state criminal law prohibiting the rigging of publicly exhibited contests. The alleged activity took place at various times beginning as early as 1986 and continuing up to August 2014.

  • Kentucky Committee Approves Rule Allowing Lasix Free Races
    Daily Racing Form

    03/23/2015

    The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission on Monday approved a rule that will allow Kentucky tracks to offer races in which horses will not be allowed to be administered the anti-bleeding medication furosemide on race day.

  • KY Commission OKs Drug-Free Horse-Race Plan
    The Courier Journal

    03/23/2015

    A controversial proposal to allow Kentucky racetracks to schedule races where horses can't receive race-day injections of an anti-bleeding drug received approval Monday from the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission.

  • The Friday Show: A Surprising Derby Trend, And Some Weight With That Lasix?
    The Paulick Report

    03/20/2015

    In this edition of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick discuss a new proposal in Kentucky regarding Lasix.

  • Kentucky Committee Considers Rule Allowing Lasix-Free Races
    Daily Racing Form

    03/19/2015

    A committee of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission is scheduled to consider a rule next week that would allow tracks to write races that prohibit the use of the anti-bleeding medication furosemide within 24 hours of post time, according to material distributed by Kentucky horsemen’s groups.

  • Where Are We Now: Amanda Simmons Luby Op/Ed
    TDN

    03/19/2015

    It has been a year since the New York Times published its article and the PETA video which painted then-Hall of Fame nominee Steve Asmussen and his assistant, Scott Blasi, as allegedly abusive operatives in the seedy world of horse racing. ...

    In response to the Times article, many people wrote heart-felt, impassioned pleas to the industry's "leadership" (whoever they are) to effectuate serious change for the long-term benefit of the sport. I jumped on Barry Weisbord's platform in response to his call to arms, as did Bill Casner and all of the other well- known, and not-so-well-known, members of the Water Hay Oats Alliance, calling for federal legislation requiring independent drug testing and a total ban on raceday medications. 

  • Jockey Club Offers Grants for Out-of-Competition Testing
    The Horse

    03/18/2015

    The funding is designed to encourage more out-of-competition testing for the presence of blood doping agents as well as Association of Racing Commissioners International Class 1 substances.

  • Kentucky Racing Commission Makes New Medication Push
    The Courier Journal

    03/17/2015

    The controversial question of whether horses should not receive medication on days they race — as is the rule in most of the world except North America — is about to be a battle again for the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission.

  • British Horseracing Authority Issues New Anti-Doping Rules
    The Guardian

    02/24/2015

    New British Horseracing Authority anti-doping rules, which include a zero-tolerance approach to anabolic steroids, will come into force from Monday.

  • Trainer Sent to Prison in Penn National Racehorse Doping Case
    Penn Live: Patriot News

    02/23/2015

    The United States Attorney’s Office has charged three thoroughbred horse trainers and an employee of Penn National Racetrack in Grantville with fraud in connection with horse races at the track and doping.

  • Florida Senate Approves Bill for Uniform Drug Rules
    Daily Racing Form

    02/19/2015

    A Florida Senate committee on Wednesday approved a bill that would require the state’s racing commission to adopt a suite of new medication regulations that is being pushed nationally by groups seeking uniform rules among racing states.

  • Moss: Get Rid of People Who Cheat and Hurt Horses
    02/18/2015

    I can’t say that anything we're trying to do to clean up the sport is bad. But the National Uniform Medication Program is an ever-changing landscape that will not resolve the problems of drug cheating or public perception of the sport, which are what I still see as the most serious problems when it comes to drug regulation.

  • FL Senate Committee Passes Medication Bill
    Blood-Horse

    02/18/2015

    Legislation governing racehorse medication policy unanimously passed the Florida Senate Regulated Industries Committee Feb. 18 and was reported favorably to the full Senate.

  • Two And A Half Years Later, Still No Action Against Vets in Louisiana Dermorphin Cases
    Paulick Report

    02/17/2015

    The culture of cheating that exists in some areas of American horse racing certainly includes trainers. But it does not begin and end with them.

  • Anabolic Steroids Still Issue in U.S. Racing
    Blood-Horse

    02/12/2015

    Through the first 10 months of 2014, U.S. horse racing appeared on pace to register its fewest positive drug tests for anabolic steroids since the industry moved to outlaw the drugs from racing in 2008-09.  But six positives for the anabolic steroid stanozolol from Nov. 19 to Dec. 19 at Laurel Park ended all that, revealing that at least some trainers are still willing to chance administering the substances to horses in training.

  • First Do No Harm
    Blood-Horse

    02/10/2015

    The role veterinarians play in drug positives is one important issue raised by the Maryland case.

    While trainers can be suspended and fined, what sanctions does the veterinarian prescribing and administering the drugs face? Under our current penalty system, none, because racetrack veterinarians are outside the jurisdiction of state racing commissions.

  • Maryland Trainers Cited for Compounded Drug
    Blood-Horse

    02/01/2015

    Three trainers have received suspensions and fines in Maryland in conjunction with positive tests for stanozolol, a synthetic steroid formerly known as Winstrol that is now available only through drug compounders.

  • Cobalt: How Big a Problem in U.S.?
    Thoroughbred Daily News

    01/15/2015

    Barely two weeks into 2015, horse racing already has a candidate for scandal of the year: cobalt.

  • Scandal Can Make Horse Racing Stronger
    Herald Sun

    01/14/2015

    This week’s horse racing claims speak to an age-old paradox. Sporting cheats trace back to the Romans and the pre-race drugging of chariot horses. Cheats will always wriggle into elite sports. The more horse racing reveals and examines any evidence of wrongdoing, the stronger horse racing will be. Other sports should bow to its lead.

  • Australia: Two More Trainers Have Horses Test Positive for Cobalt
    Paulick Report

    01/14/2015

    Just a day after it was announced that top Australian trainer Peter Moody was the subject of an investigation after one of his horses tested positive for the prohibited drug Cobalt, came the news that two additional trainers are also being investigated for the same thing.

  • Black Caviar Trainer Moody Facing Three-Year Ban
    ESPN

    01/13/2015

    The trainer of retired sprint star Black Caviar has vowed to “do everything possible” to clear his name after one of his horses failed a drugs test.

  • Ethics Probes Keep Asmussen off HOF Ballot
    Thoroughbred Daily News

    01/07/2015

    The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame notified members of its voting panel on Tuesday that trainer Steve Asmussen will not be allowed to appear on 2015 Hall of Fame ballots… “Our executive committee felt it didn’t send the right message for somebody who’s being investigated for animal cruelty and drug abuse violations to be eligible for the sport’s highest honor,” HOF communications coordinator Brien Bouyea told TDN.

  • No Hall Of Fame For Asmussen This Year
    ESPN

    01/06/2015

    Citing unresolved investigations in New York and Kentucky of Steve Asmussen following a video last year from an animal rights group alleging horse abuse and other violations, the trainer will not be allowed to be considered in 2015 for the National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame.

  • New York Proposes Points System for Medication Violations
    Daily Racing Form

    12/22/2014

    The New York State Gaming Commission on Monday proposed a rule that would require specific minimum penalties for horsemen who commit multiple medication violations.

  • RMTC Plans Change but No Merger with RCI
    Blood-Horse

    12/21/2014

    The racing industry’s Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) plans to reorganize its own Scientific Advisory Committee but does not plan to merge with the Association of Racing Commissioners International (RCI).

  • Churchill Could Spark Change
    ESPN

    12/18/2014

    Imagine a run-up to the Triple Crown that didn’t include the Florida Derby or the Fountain of Youth or the Louisiana Derby. Such an upheaval to so traditional a road is unlikely, of course, but if it did happen, if an imperative forced the highway to take a dramatic detour, then after a few shocking moments and a few more aftershocks it would probably be good for racing. 

  • RCI Appoints Five to New Medication Board
    Blood-Horse

    12/18/2014

    The Association of Racing Commissioners International board has selected five initial members for its new Drug Testing Standards and Practices Committee, a group that could eliminate or significantly reduce the current role of the industry’s Racing Medication and Testing Consortium in shaping medication and testing policies.

  • Do Racetrack Incentives Lead to a Drug-Free Future?
    Trainer Magazine

    12/17/2014

    While some horsemen’s groups, including the National Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association, have drawn their swords in the fight against a race-day drug ban, Arapahoe Park in Aurora, Co., is sweetening the pot to entice trainers to race medication-free horses.

  • Racing Commissioners' Group Asks Medication Group For Merger
    Daily Racing Form

    12/16/2014

    The Association of Racing Commissioners International, an umbrella group for state racing commissions, has voted to ask an embattled independent medication research and advisory group to merge with it, the organization announced Tuesday.

  • Trainer Cannizzo Suspended 45 Days
    Daily Racing Form

    12/14/2014

    Trainer David Cannizzo will begin 2015 by serving a 45-day suspension after three of his horses tested positive for the illegal substance Propoxyphene, a painkiller also known as Darvon.

  • RMTC: 'Significant Progress' Made in Medication Reforms
    Paulick Report

    12/10/2014

    Read more from the Paulick Report, including this comment:

    “I just can’t take the RMTC seriously. Any organization that promulgates or suggests permissible drug use and then allows its Vice Chairman to act as counsel for horsemen that violate the rules/thresholds advocated by the RMTC is not the appropriate organization to be at the forefront of the raceday meds discussion. I can only hope that the WHOA folks and USADA supporters document this and other seeming conflicts of interest when promoting their agenda.

  • A Stumble Out of the Gate
    ESPN

    11/24/2014

    The sport of kings can’t seem to get things right when it comes to serious issues. … [The sport is] having yet another rife-with-acrimony-and-innuendo discussion about furosemide, the bleeding medication that’s allowed, while regulated, on race-day. But should it be allowed? Whether you think it’s important or not, and if only because some people won’t let it go, that’s the question that has knocked the sport into a morass of misunderstanding and negativity.

  • Sweeping New Drug Rules Approved in New York
    Blood-Horse

    11/24/2014

    New York regulators on Nov. 24 enacted the most sweeping set of equine drug rules in more than 30 years in the state, providing a more certain threshold for allowable amounts of medication from two dozen different drugs in Thoroughbreds prior to running in a race.

  • Federal Legislation Banning Medication in Racing Introduced
    Horse Council

    06/04/2015

    Today Representatives Joe Pitts (R-PA), Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), and Anna Eshoo (D-CA) introduced the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act of 2015 to regulate/prohibit substances, drugs, medications, and treatments that may be used in racing.  The legislation is basically the same as the bill they introduced in the last Congress.

  • Gina Rarick: Lasix debate in the U.S. and Europe
    Paulick Report

    05/03/2012

    One comment that keeps appearing in the debate is that Europeans do use the same drugs just not on race day, writes Rarick.

    “This is completely, 100 percent false,” said Christiane “Criquette” Head, president of the European Trainers Association and a top name in French racing for years. “I don't use Lasix in training and no one I know uses Lasix in training.”

    Head continued: “Racing is about natural selection. In the United States, there are stallions that shouldn't be stallions, but you never know because the performance was achieved with medication. It is seriously affecting the breed.”



  • Combating A Culture Of Cheating: Betting On A New Paradigm by Joe Gorajec
    Paulick Report

    02/03/2017

    As disturbing as it is, the greatest threat to racing's integrity does not lie in the widespread cheating that occurs in those states that have chosen to turn a blind eye to these corrupting influences.

    It is the trainers' ability to cheat in even the most conscientiously regulated states that is a greater threat. That's because in these states, where many of the Graded stakes are contested, horsemen still have an opportunity to cheat despite the best efforts of regulators.

    The main impediment to addressing this issue is the current patchwork system of regulation. The system has failed to provide the protection and tools to the most diligent and proactive racing commissions.

    Understanding these threats requires a better understanding of the limitations facing drug testing laboratories.

  • Combating A Culture Of Cheating: A Matter of Trust by Joe Gorajec
    Paulick Report

    01/17/2017

    Horse racing has a culture of cheating.

    Its problem is drugs. It's what the public calls doping. The methods differ, as do the drugs.

    At one end of the spectrum, horsemen and veterinarians inject horses on race day with a wide variety of drugs or other foreign substances.

    This practice is one of racing's dirty little secrets, although it's no secret to those who work in the stable area of a racetrack.

  • Key lesson to be learned from Russian 'tragedy' - Tygart
    RTE

    01/14/2017

    Speaking to RTÉ, Tygart again outlined his views on anti-doping regulations.

    “We don’t believe you can effectively promote and police your sport...The situation in Russia has shown the world that you can’t,” he said

    “We want to remove sport from regulating sport and allow clean athletes to prevail on the playing field.”

    Hopefully that tragedy [Russia] and the lives that were negatively affected, all the individual athletes who were essentially robbed, motivates sport to finally say, ‘We’re out of this game. We’re going to turn it over to independent experts’”.

  • Breeders Crown Horses Scratched For Refusal To Comply With Out-Of-Competition Testing
    Paulick Report

    10/26/2016

    The Meadowlands Racetrack has sent a formal request to the New Jersey Racing Commission asking to have both Breeders Crown horses trained by Chris Oakes to be scratched from this weekend's Finals for failing to cooperate with an agreed-upon surveillance and out-of-competition testing program.

    The two Oakes horses are Luck Be Withyou, owned by John H. Craig, and Split The House, owned by Crawford Farms Racing. Both were entered in the $421,000 Breeders Crown Open Pace.

    “Mr. Oakes had originally agreed to relocate his horses to White Birch Farm in New Jersey,” explained Meadowlands Chairman Jeffrey Gural. “The horses did not arrive by the Sunday deadline. I then compromised and gave them until Monday and then Tuesday. I even offered to allow the horses to continue to be stabled and trained at Mr. Oakes's farm in Pennsylvania provided I could have 24-hour surveillance on the horses at my own expense. Mr. Oakes and his lawyer Howard Taylor have refused to respond to these requests.”

  • CHRIS McCARRON'S RATIONALE FOR FEDERAL REGULATION
    Horse Racing Business

    09/30/2016

    Retired Hall of Fame jockey Chris McCarron is a vocal proponent of federal legislation to establish national medication rules and to certify an organization to uniformly enforce those rules in American horse racing.  In a speech to the Thoroughbred Club of America, he cited several examples to illustrate his conviction.  A trainer is still licensed in spite of having 46 medication violations in Florida in 23 years.  It is permissible in Oklahoma to race a horse on the anti-inflammatory drugs Banamine and Phenylbutazone.  A horse can run in a race in Arizona even though the animal is on the vets’ list in California.

  • McCarron: Federal Intervention a Must
    TDN

    09/29/2016

    Hall of Famer Chris McCarron became just the second jockey recognized as an Honored Guest by the Thoroughbred Club of America, and used his platform at Sunday night’s 85th annual Testimonial Dinner to urge the adoption of a federal bill to establish a Thoroughbred Horseracing Anti-Doping Authority.

    “The status quo is not working, folks,” said McCarron. “Uniform medication rules across the country is a must. I know most people in this room don’t want the federal government to get involved. But we don’t have another avenue. Every other effort has been exhausted and pushed aside.”

  • McCarron: 'Drugs Don't Kill Horses, People Kill Horses'
    Paulick Report

    09/26/2016

    To borrow and amend a slogan: ‘Drugs don't kill horses. People kill horses.'”

    There's a multitude of reasons why this is happening, but the number one reason is discretion: what to do with a horse that's infirm, what to do with a horse that needs rest instead of therapy,” he said. “There's a lot of horses out there running who shouldn't be running, and authorities in this business need to grab hold of those horns and do something about it, and soon. I don't want to see any more of my brethren hitting the deck. It's already dangerous enough riding sound horses in tight fields, and it's already difficult enough.

  • Barry Irwin: Are we ever going to get serious about drug testing in American racing?
    Thoroughbred Racing Commentary

    09/26/2016

    So, as I see it, we have a simple choice: keep testing for drugs without the regulators knowing exactly what they are testing for, or hire somebody like USADA to conduct police investigations in order to uncover designer drugs and root evil out of the game that so many profess to love.

    Are we ever going to get serious in America? The entire world is watching.

     

  • TCA Honor Guest: Chris McCarron
    BloodHorse

    09/26/2016

    Uniform medication rules across the country is a must. I’ve been to Washington, D.C., six times walking the halls of Congress in support of HR 3084 which would give the government the right to assign USADA to be the governing body over all of the medication in this country. This bill is supported by Keeneland; it’s supported by the Breeders’ Cup; of course The Jockey Club is all over it. It’s supported by WHOA and supported by the Coalition for Horse Racing Integrity.

  • Sheppard To Be Honored For Humane Work By Equine Advocates
    Paulick Report

    06/25/2016

    “Here is a Hall of Fame trainer who obviously knows how to be successful in training a horse to win important races but is also dedicated to the welfare of the horse. Jonathan is focused on the aftercare and future career for retired Thoroughbreds. He also has been in the forefront in the industry effort to eliminate drugs in racing. Jonathan Sheppard is a very respected and important voice in any industry effort.”

  • Derby Innovator, Industry Agitator: Q&A With Barry Irwin,
    Paulick Report

    05/14/2016

    Q The book ends on something of a hopeful note. that "the ranks of those insisting on integrity of competition, continues to grow." Do you honestly believe we will see the day when - as you first proposed - we will have an independent agency like USADA governing the drug regulations in all racing states?

    A Yes I do. I only hope that it does not come too late because once we lose our fans we will have nothing left except for a couple of rich guys getting together in a big field in Kentucky or Texas and racing one horse against another to find out which one is best, which is basically how it all started anyway.

  • Collins: Drugs and medication in racing: 'it's like the Mad Hatter's tea party'
    Thoroughbred Racing Commentary

    03/18/2016

    Yes I do believe Lasix should be banned for race-day use as it is a performance enhancer. I fully agree that almost all trainers in the States use it in order for their horses to be competitive.

    The paradox of Lasix is that it enables horses with a defect to outrun horses that don't have the defect, and therefore horses that do not have the defect have to have the medication as well in order to keep up.

  • Hancock: A Proud 'ELITIST,' and in good company
    Paulick Report

    03/15/2016

    Is it elitist to support a bill that would put the United States Anti-Doping Agency in charge of policing our sport, thereby attaining national uniformity?

    Is it elitist to attempt to protect our horses and our breed?

    Is it elitist to want the sport of Thoroughbred racing, to which we all dedicate our lives, to be clean, above board, loved and respected?

    Is it elitist to yearn to once again be proud of our sport?

    Is it elitist to care?

  • Looking Up ~ A little positivity can go a long way
    Sporting Post

    03/01/2016

    Last week, US Triple Crown winner and track legend, Secretariat’s owner-breeder Penny Chenery joined WHOA – the Water Hay Oats Alliance. The Water Hay Oats Alliance was founded in 2012 and is a grassroots movement of like-minded individuals (including our adopted American son, Barry Irwin) who support the passage of federal legislation to prohibit the use of performance-enhancing drugs in the sport of horse racing in the USA.

  • Chenery Joins Water Hay Oats Alliance
    Paulick Report

    02/27/2016

    Penny Chenery has joined the Water Hay Oats Alliance (WHOA). WHOA is a grassroots movement of like-minded individuals who support the passage of federal legislation to prohibit the use of performance-enhancing drugs in the sport of horse racing.

  • Chenery Joins WHOA
    TDN

    02/26/2016

    Penny Chenery, owner of 1973 Triple Crown hero Secretariat, is the latest member of the racing industry to join the Water Hay Oats Alliance. She released the following statement:  “It took me a long time to fully appreciate one of the benefits of owning a Triple Crown winner. All at once, you become a public figure and inherit a platform from which you can make your voice heard..."

  • Barry Irwin: Tennis, Track and Field Scandals Support Racing's Path Toward Independent Oversight
    Op-Ed, Paulick Report

    01/19/2016

    ... Based on my revelation that even if cheating is exposed to racing officials that nothing will happen, I have come to one conclusion—and it is not a new one.  I now more firmly than ever believe that only USADA can make a difference in restoring the credibility of racing.

  • Penny Chenery: Legislation Would Enhance Equine Welfare, Integrity of Horse Racing
    Op/Ed, The Gazette

    01/06/2016

    Today, I firmly believe that the time for federal legislation of our sport has come... The Thoroughbred Horseracing Integrity Act of 2015 (HR 3084), introduced by Reps. Andy Barr, R-Ky., and Paul Tonko, D-N.Y., in June, would encourage the adoption of a national uniform standard for drugs and medication in American thoroughbred racing and grant rule-making, testing and enforcement oversight to an entity created by the U.S. Anti- Doping Agency, headquartered in Colorado Springs.

  • McCarron: Barr-Tonko Bill Would 'Rein In Thoroughbred Racing Abuses'
    Paulick Report

    12/11/2015

    In a recent opinion piece for the The Hill, retired Hall of Fame jockey Chris McCarron voices his support for U.S. racing to adopt uniform drug rules.

  • RunHappy... Horse Racing in America
    Horse Racing in America Magazine

    05/05/2016

    Sid Gustafson reports from the Breeders' Cup in America and gives an insight into permitted pre-race medication for the people and horses of Australia...

  • Chris McCarron: Rein In Thoroughbred Racing Abuses
    The Hill

    12/10/2015

    Relatively few jockeys are fortunate enough to have a career in thoroughbred horse racing as long as mine. I spent 28 years as a professional jockey and have been able to experience the horse racing industry from a number of other perspectives: as the general manager at Santa Anita Park, as a racing analyst for NBC, ABC, and the horse racing network TVG, and, most recently, as an instructor at the North American Racing Academy (NARA) in Lexington, Ky., which I founded in 2006.

  • Burt Kinerk: Horse Racing Needs Uniform Drug Regulations
    Arizona Daily Star

    12/10/2015

    This week the University of Arizona’s Race Track Industry Program hosts its annual Global Symposium on Racing & Gaming, with racing industry leaders from all corners of the world in attendance. I take great interest in that program and symposium for two reasons: I received both my undergraduate and law degrees from the UA and I have owned Thoroughbred racehorses for many years.

  • Simon: Out-of-competition Testing Would Eliminate Need For Federal Bill
    Daily Racing Form

    11/27/2015

    Federal intervention is not needed to fix the problem of illicit drugs in Thoroughbred racing. It can be resolved in a matter of weeks if certain leaders really want to address the problem.

  • 'Enough Is Enough': Gural Urges Tracks To Step Up Drug Enforcement
    Paulick Report

    11/14/2015

    Pointing to an apparent lack of will and dwindling budgets from state racing commissions, harness track owner Jeff Gural called on his peers on the Thoroughbred side of American horse racing to take the initiative to combat the use of illicit drugs as he has done.

  • Top British Hopes Shun Lasix at Breeders' Cup
    Racing Post

    10/28/2015

    The highest-profile British-trained runners at the Breeders' Cup will not run on Lasix with their connections shunning the anti-bleeding medication at this year's event.

  • Letter to the Editor: Gary Biszantz
    TDN

    10/22/2015

    In 2002, The Jockey Club President, Dinny Phipps, asked me to address the Round Table, the topic being medication from an owner’s perspective. Mr. Phipps never asked to see or address what I was going to say. My address laid out quite simply what had happened to our sport since Lasix was accepted and the definition of “therapeutic” was rewritten by the veterinary community.

  • Barr-Tonko Bill Draws Additional Congressional Support
    Paulick Report

    10/14/2015

    The Coalition for Horse Racing Integrity (CHRI) announced today that six additional members of the U.S. House of Representatives have signed on in support of the Thoroughbred Horseracing Integrity Act of 2015 (THIA). They are Representatives Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Susan Brooks (R-IN), Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), David Joyce (R-OH), Jerold Nadler (D-NY), and Joe Wilson (R-SC).

  • Gural: Racing Needs 'One Holistic Anti-Doping Approach'
    Paulick Report

    10/11/2015

    In an opinion piece for the New Jersey Star-Ledger, racetrack operator Jeff Gural offers his “wholehearted support” for the Thoroughbred Horseracing Integrity Act introduced by congressmen Andy Barr and Paul Tonko in July.

  • Gural Commentary: Stricter Racehorse Doping Regulations Are Key to Maintaining Integrity of Sport
    New Jersey Star-Ledger

    10/10/2015

    Ever since I was kid sneaking away to Roosevelt Raceway on Long Island, I have loved everything about horse racing. I loved the outdoor pavilion packed with a crowd of spectators, the lines of hungry risk-takers at the betting windows and, of course, the thrill of the race itself. I was hooked early.

  • Keeneland Joins Coalition for Horse Racing Integrity
    Paulick Report

    10/09/2015

    In a year that our industry and all of our participants are enjoying incredible excitement in racing, medication issues continue to dominate discussions. It is evident that a collective resolution to medication issues is essential for racing to continue the momentum we are experiencing in this historic year.

  • IFHA Joins Coalition for Horse Racing Integrity
    Paulick Report

    10/09/2015

    The Coalition for Horse Racing Integrity announced today that the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA) has joined the Coalition, expressing its support for the Thoroughbred Horseracing Integrity Act of 2015.

    The IFHA strives to coordinate and harmonize the rules of its 62 member countries regarding breeding, racing and wagering in a manner that ensures the quality and fairness of racing and protects the welfare of horses and jockeys.

  • World Racing Body Adds Weight to Anti-doping Movement
    Horsetalk

    10/09/2015

    Racing’s world coordinating body has added its support to the Coalition for Horse Racing Integrity, which is leading the fight for clean racing in the US.

    Louis Romanet, chairman of the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA), said creating a uniform system for the regulation of medications in American horse racing is of “critical importance”.

  • Keeneland Becomes Coalition's Newest Member
    WHOA Press Release

    10/08/2015

    Earlier today, the Keeneland Association released the following statement.  In doing so, they pledged their support of the Thoroughbred Horseracing Integrity Act (THIA) and the Coalition for Horse Racing Integrity (CHRI). WHOA, and our many members who buy, sell and race their horses at Keeneland, applauds them for their leadership and vision.

  • IFHA Joins Coalition for Horse Racing Integrity
    WHOA Press Release

    10/08/2015

    The Coalition for Horse Racing Integrity announced today that the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA) has joined the Coalition, expressing its support for the Thoroughbred Horseracing Integrity Act of 2015.  The IFHA strives to coordinate and harmonize the rules of its 62 member countries regarding breeding, racing and wagering in a manner that ensures the quality and fairness of racing and protects the welfare of horses and jockeys.

  • Runhappy Connections Join Water Hay Oats Alliance
    Paulick Report

    10/05/2015

    The connections of Runhappy, winner of the G3 Phoenix Stakes Friday and one of the leading contenders for the Breeders’ Cup Sprint, have joined the Water Hay Oats Alliance. Also known as WHOA, the organization advocates for medication reform in horse racing, including the elimination of furosemide, better known as Lasix, a drug developed to treat exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhage but now administered to more than 90% of all North American starters. Runhappy races Lasix-free.

  • Speedway Stables Joins Water Hay Oats Alliance
    Paulick Report

    09/24/2015

    Peter J. Fluor and Kane C. Weiner, which operate Speedway Stables, LLC, have joined the Water Hay Oats Alliance in support of horse racing medication reform in the United States.

  • Ted Bassett Joins WHOA
    TDN

    09/16/2015

    “There is no alternative.”

    With those four words, James E. “Ted” Bassett III–past Keeneland President and Trustee Emeritus, and former President of the Breeders’ Cup, Ltd.–signed on as a member to the Water Hay Oats Alliance in support of federal legislation.

  • Illinois Owner, Racing Board Member Kathy Byrne Joins WHOA
    Paulick Report

    09/12/2015

    Illinois owner, lawyer and racing board member Kathy Byrne has joined the Water Hay Oats Alliance (WHOA). 

    Byrne issued the following statement regarding her decision to join:  On August 27th, 2015, while most of the racing world was watching American Pharoah prepare for the Travers, the Illinois Racing Board quietly entered a death sentence for 150 healthy, working racehorses. Euphemisms like ‘sold to the Amish or otherwise removed’ were used to describe what would happen but the reality is that when Maywood Park shutters next month- without a placement plan or any regulatory supervision–the majority of horses racing there will not survive...

  • Owner-Breeder Marie D. Jones Joins Water Hay Oats Alliance
    Paulick Report

    09/09/2015

    Marie D. Jones, along with her late husband Aaron, is one of the highest profile owner/breeders in the past 40 years.  Together, the Joneses enjoyed the heights of success on the racetrack, in breeding horses and in the sales ring.  They bred or campaigned multiple champions, including Ashado, Speightstown, Riboletta, Lemhi Gold and Tiffany Lass.

  • Gai Waterhouse: Saratoga Summer
    TDN

    09/09/2015

    Another major difference between Australian racing and racing in the U.S. is the use of race-day medication. The Lasix issue is a hot potato at this point but the use of drugs in racing generally is cause for international concern. I was asked to be involved with WHOA (Water Hay Oats Alliance) by Staci Hancock and I immediately jumped at the chance because I fully support them in their endeavor to prohibit the use of performance enhancing drugs in horse racing. As a trainer of racehorses, I must stress how detrimental this practice is to the industry as a whole.

  • Drug-free Racing "just requires horsemanship", Says Gai Waterhouse
    Horsetalk

    09/04/2015

    Australian Hall of Fame racehorse trainer Gai Waterhouse is the latest high-profile figure to join the Water Hay Oats Alliance (WHOA), a group support federal legislation to prohibit the use of performance-enhancing drugs in US racing.

  • Commentary: How U.S. Trainers Can Win Respect
    Barry Irwin's Op/Ed in the Paulick Report

    09/03/2015

    When an American trainer, with some notable exceptions, wins a Triple Crown race, peers, fans and writers invariably shake their heads and question whether the triumph was accomplished on the up and up. This has been going on with increasing frequency for the last several years.

  • Simon: Owners Pay Tab While Leaving Bill To Others
    Daily Racing Form

    09/02/2015

    Who owns the racing game? The answer to that question should be the deciding factor when it comes to who makes the critical decisions on how the sport is managed – and that includes whether the sport should seek federal help to set up a national test lab and establish federal guidelines for all states that conduct Thoroughbred racing if those states want their tracks to be able to simulcast races across state lines.

  • Harness Horse Racing Tracks Join Anti-Doping Movement
    Horse Talk

    09/02/2015

    Three leading US standardbred racetracks owned by Water Hay Oats Alliance (WHOA) Supporting Member Jeff Gural have joined as members to the Coalition for Horseracing Integrity.

  • WHOA Member, Jeff Gural, Commits Three Race Tracks to Join Coalition
    WHOA Press Release

    09/01/2015

    Water Hay Oats Alliance (WHOA) Supporting Member, Jeff Gural announced today that three of the leading Standardbred racetracks he owns and operates - the Meadowlands Racetrack in East Rutherford, N.J., Tioga Downs in Nichols, N.Y. and Vernon Downs in Vernon, N.Y. - have joined as members to the Coalition for Horseracing Integrity.  These newest members add to the growing support for federal legislation to appoint the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) to create and oversee a national program for horseracing in the United States.

  • Testing The Limits
    ESPN Radio Podcast

    09/01/2015

    Travis Tygart (USADA) & Ed Martin (Racing Commissioners International) each presents his side of the controversial movement to involve the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency in horse racing.

  • Gural: 'National Oversight Only Way' To Level Playing Field On Medication
    Paulick Report

    09/01/2015

    The Coalition for Horse Racing Integrity announced today that three of the leading horse racing tracks owned and operated by Jeff Gural – the Meadowlands Racetrack in East Rutherford, N.J., Tioga Downs in Nichols, N.Y. and Vernon Downs in Vernon, N.Y. – have joined as members, adding to the growing support for national oversight of uniform medication standards in American horse racing.

  • Harness-Track Owner Throws Support to Medication Bill
    Daily Racing Form

    09/01/2015

    Jeff Gural, the owner of three harness tracks, has signed on with a group lobbying for support of a bill that would grant control of Thoroughbred racing’s medication policies and drug-testing programs to the United States Anti-Doping Agency, the group said.

  • Citing 'Integrity And A Level Playing Field,' Amermans Join WHOA
    Paulick Report

    08/31/2015

    John Amerman has joined the Water Hay Oats Alliance in support of federal legislation that would appoint an independent, non-governmental agency like the United States Anti-Doping Agency to regulate horse racing’s medication rules on a national basis.

  • Horseracing Rules Need Consistency
    Charlotte Weber's Op/Ed Piece in the Orlando Sentinel

    08/28/2015

    Unfortunately for competitors in the U.S., we can never be sure whether our horses are racing on a level playing field. That's probably why more than two-thirds, 68 percent, of all horseracing fans want to see drug and medications policies in our industry reformed.

  • NY Lasix Forum: More Questions Than Answers?
    TDN

    08/25/2015

    A day-long forum in Saratoga Tuesday was designed to shed some light on the policies and practices of furosemide (branded as Lasix or Salix) usage and the management of exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhaging (EIPH) in racehorses.

  • Uniform Drug Test Rules Needed to Level Field for Horse Racing
    Jon Kelly's Op/Ed in The San Diego Union Tribune

    08/14/2015

    USADA has a proven track record of protecting the integrity of competition from athletes who abuse performance-altering medication, as in the Olympics and Tour de France. The truth is, no matter how well-intentioned, state commissions and industry participants cannot solve the issue of drug testing and enforcement on our own.

  • Drug-Free Racing Is Only Hope
    Tony Chamblin's Op/Ed in the Lexington Herald Leader

    08/03/2015

    As one who has been involved in the industry for more than half a century, I wholeheartedly endorse the efforts of so many to provide more integrity to the wonderful but wounded sport of horse racing. The Barr-Tonko bill is an important step in the right direction.

  • French Racing's First Family Joins US Anti-Doping Call
    Horse Talk

    07/30/2015

    Champion trainer, leading breeder and classic-winning owner of the Haras du Quesnay stable, Alec Head is joined by Criquette, Europe’s leading female trainer to support WHOA’s efforts in the US. The group which supports the passage federal legislation to prohibit the use of performance-enhancing drugs in US racing.

  • France's Alec and Criquette Head Join Water Hay Oats Alliance
    The Paulick Report

    07/28/2015

    Father and daughter, Alec and Criquette Head, hailing from a dynasty of internationally successful trainers of champions and classic winners for three generations, have joined the Water Hay Oats Alliance in support of horse racing medication reform in the United States.

  • Creating Sharper Rules in the Horse Racing Industry
    Aiken Standard Op/Ed by Cot Campbell

    07/24/2015

    The Triple Crown win has had a stupendous impact, here and throughout the racing world. But horse racing in America must have more than a Triple Crown winner.  A real turnaround can’t take place until we credibly tackle the issue of drug testing and enforcement. Most horsemen, trainers, owners, and veterinarians play by the rules. But because we lack uniform, national testing and enforcement standards, we all get painted with a negative brush.

  • Racing Needs Federal Anti-Doping Control, Says HSUS Boss
    Horse Talk

    07/22/2015

    Federal anti-drugging rules are needed in horse racing to replace typically weak and highly variable state-based rules, the head of the Humane Society of the United States says.

  • USADA is Scary
    TDN Op/Ed by Barry Irwin

    07/17/2015

    I suggest, in the coming weeks as the fight heats up, that participants in our industry ask themselves what the true motivation is behind the push by the anti-USADA folks to prevent their being named to oversee drugs in our sport. The answer to this question should be obvious to anybody that thinks about it.

  • House Bill Would Create Anti-Doping Horse Racing Authority
    The Hill

    07/16/2015

    Lawmakers in the House want to do away with doping in thoroughbred horse racing.

    Reps. Andy Barr (R-Ky.) and Paul Tonko (D-N.Y.) introduced legislation Thursday to simplify a patchwork of rules governing medication policies and practices across 38 different racing jurisdictions.

  • Congressmen Propose Antidoping Agency for Horse Racing
    The New York Times

    07/16/2015

    It took 37 years and a singular horse named American Pharoah to deliver horse racing its 12th Triple Crown winner at Belmont Park in June. On Thursday, a coalition of horse breeders, owners and animal lovers turned to Congress with the hope of ending another long-running drama in thoroughbred racing: its drug problem.

  • 'Common Sense Legislation': Barr, Tonko Introduce Thoroughbred Horseracing Integrity Act of 2015
    Paulick Report

    07/16/2015

    Congressman Andy Barr (R-KY) and Congressman Paul Tonko (D-NY), the co-chairmen of the Congressional Horse Caucus, today introduced the bipartisan Thoroughbred Horseracing Integrity Act of 2015.  Under existing law, the American thoroughbred horseracing industry labors under a diverse patchwork of conflicting and inconsistent rules governing medication policies and practices across 38 different racing jurisdictions. This lack of uniformity in the rules of horseracing has impaired interstate commerce and undermined public confidence in the sport.

  • 2015 Horse Racing Integrity Act Bill Introduced
    Horse Racing Nation

    07/16/2015

    The Coalition for Horse Racing Integrity announced today its support of the Thoroughbred Horseracing Integrity Act of 2015, a new bipartisan bill introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Congressmen Andy Barr (R-Ky.) and Paul Tonko (D-N.Y.). This legislation will grant authority for rulemaking, testing and enforcement of drug and medication use in Thoroughbred racing to an entity created by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA).

  • Horse Racing Drug Debate Goes to D.C.
    The Courier Journal

    07/10/2015

    The agency that oversees drug testing of American Olympians would be in charge of creating a testing program for thoroughbred racing if a push for federal legislation succeeds — something proponents say would standardize medication and testing rules and improve the sport's image.

  • Bill Casner: Op/ Ed TDN
    06/25/2015

    The American Thoroughbred industry is at the proverbial crossroads. The choice is ours: which direction will we choose? One path maintains the status quo with 38 dysfunctional jurisdictions that are underfunded, politically appointed, and lack the expertise to challenge the cheaters. The other road offers the choice of appointing a USADA-type organization having the mission, funding and expertise to meet that challenge. The pending House bill that will be introduced by Rep. Paul Tonko (NY) offers the opportunity to have that ultimate drug organization.

  • KTA, KTOBA Join Integrity Coalition
    Blood Horse

    06/24/2015

    "The Thoroughbred horse breeding and racing industry is a major part of Kentucky's economy and rich history, and we believe consistent medication administration and enforcement regulations are necessary to preserve this tradition," Chauncey Morris, executive director of KTA, said in a release from CHRI.

  • Lift Doping Shadow: Support National Drug Standards to Stem Racing's Decline
    Antony Beck Op/Ed, Herald Leader

    06/14/2015

    The lack of real and robust national, uniform medication standards has cast a shadow over fair competition in American Thoroughbred horse racing as a sport and as a professional industry.

  • Stopping Cheaters
    Op/Ed by Barry Irwin

    06/10/2015

    In the Olympic annals of Track and Field, for every Jesse Owens and Babe Didrikson there has been a Ben Johnson and FloJo. Every hero seemingly can be counterbalanced by a villain who tested positive for a banned substance.

  • American Pharoah the Best Triple Crown Winner? He's the Most Important Anyway
    The Guardian

    06/07/2015

    His win has arrived in the midst of positive and profound political change within the industry’s governing bodies. Through gradual implantation of the National Uniform Medication Program and the efforts of such organizations as the Water Hay Oats Alliance, drug use and abuse in the sport is gradually and inexorably being whittled away. At a time when horse racing in the US has lost its shine, the events of Saturday gave the sport a much needed boost.

  • David Stern Speaks at Pan Am Conference
    Thoroughbred Daily News

    06/06/2015

    National Basketball Association commissioner emeritus David Stern prefaced his candid remarks about Thoroughbred racing’s hot-button issues by joking Friday morning that Pan American Conference attendees might throw things at him. But he wasn’t kidding about what the sport needs to do to raise the industry’s profile, both within the United States and globally, like Stern did with the NBA during his three-decade tenure. 

  • Pan American Conference Concludes
    Horse Racing Nation

    06/05/2015

    The two-day Pan American Conference, co-hosted by The Jockey Club, the breed registry for Thoroughbreds in North America, and the Latin American Racing Channel (LARC), concluded Friday afternoon at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City with presentations from prominent individuals from inside and outside the Thoroughbred racing industry focusing on anti-doping, globalization and marketing.

  • Horse Racing Integrity Coalition Formed
    The Horse

    06/05/2015

    A group of horse racing and animal welfare organizations have announced the launch of a coalition to support uniform medication standards for Thoroughbred racing and the formal introduction of proposed bipartisan legislation that would grant independent authority over rule-making, testing and enforcement oversight to an entity created by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA).

  • Stronach Group Issues Statement Regarding 'Coalition For Horse Racing Integrity'
    Santa Anita Press Release

    06/03/2015

    In view of recent legislative efforts advanced by the “Coalition for Horse Racing Integrity,” which is supported by several industry groups, TSG reaffirms the following list of foundation principles it deems necessary for the continued growth and development of Thoroughbred racing on a national and international scale...

  • Statement from Keeneland on the May 29 News Release from the Coalition for Horse Racing Integrity
    Keeneland

    06/01/2015

    Medication has been at the forefront of discussions in our industry for some time. Our collective response to these issues must be to pledge that we provide for the health and welfare of our athletes and assure the wagering public and all of our fans that every facet of our sport is conducted with the highest level of integrity and is subject to a heightened level of scrutiny.

  • Legislation Would Create National Coalition to Battle Doping in Horse Racing
    NJ.com

    05/31/2015

    Animal welfare and horse racing organizations are finally forming a coalition to bring about a uniform medication control system for all 38 states where Thoroughbred racing is legal.

  • As American Pharoah's Day Approaches, Congressman Drafts Anti-Doping Rules for Horse Racing
    Warner Cable News

    05/29/2015

    Along with his wife, Marylou Whitney, John Hendrickson has raced thoroughbreds at Saratoga Race Course and across the country for years. He's one of a growing group of owners who believe the sport is at a crossroads.  "We risk losing fans,” Hendrickson said. “We need to show that we are clean, transparent and we do crack down on the people that abuse the system."

  • NY Congressman Wants Uniform Drug Standards in Horse Racing
    USA Today

    05/29/2015

    A New York congressman plans to introduce a federal bill establishing uniform drug and medication standards in thoroughbred racing that would be overseen by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency and begin in 2017.

  • Proposed Law Would Give U.S. Anti-Doping Agency Power Over Thoroughbred Horse Racing
    The Wall Street Journal

    05/29/2015

    The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency could extend its purview to thoroughbred horse racing with national rules for medication, testing and drug-related penalties.

  • 'Much At Stake': Congressman To Introduce Anti-Doping Act For Horse Racing
    The Paulick Report

    05/29/2015

    Congressman Paul Tonko (D-NY), who serves as co-chair of the bipartisan Congressional Horse Caucus and represents New York’s 20th Congressional District, today announced plans to introduce the Thoroughbred Horse Racing Anti-Doping Act of 2015 to establish uniform standards for drugs and medication in the American Thoroughbred industry.

  • Bill Puts USADA in Charge of Drug Testing
    The Blood Horse

    05/29/2015

    The bill, called the Thoroughbred Horse Anti-Doping Act of 2015, would put USADA in charge of rule-making, testing, enforcement, and oversight. USADA apparently would determine which medications, if any, can be used in racehorses on race day, including the commonly used anti-bleeding drug furosemide, also called Salix or Lasix. Horsemen's groups across the country vehemently oppose any efforts to ban furosemide on race day.

  • NY Congressman Wants Uniform Drug Standards in Horse Racing
    The Boston Herald

    05/29/2015

    A New York congressman plans to introduce a federal bill establishing uniform drug and medication standards in thoroughbred racing that would be overseen by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency and begin in 2017.

  • 'Coalition For Horse Racing Integrity' Formed To Advocate For Uniform Drug Testing And Enforcement
    PR News Wire

    05/29/2015

    A diverse group of horse racing and animal welfare organizations today announced the launch of a coalition to support uniform medication standards for Thoroughbred racing and the formal introduction of proposed bipartisan legislation that would grant independent authority over rule‑making, testing and enforcement oversight to an entity created by the U.S. Anti‑Doping Agency (USADA).

  • Plan to Introduce Federal Legislation Revealed
    Thoroughbred Daily News

    05/29/2015

    The Thoroughbred Horse Racing Anti-Doping Act of 2015, which would establish uniform standards for drugs and medication in the Thoroughbred racing industry and turn regulation over to the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), will be introduced in the next few weeks, according to Congressman Paul Tonko (D-NY). The news was released in a press release on Friday morning.

  • Arthur Hancock: Commentary: Saving, Not Destroying the House
    Blood Horse

    05/28/2015

    In response to Ed Martin's false accusations published in May 23 issue of Blood-Horse and later on BloodHorse.com that the Water Hay Oats Alliance (WHOA) is "trying to burn down the house," let's be perfectly clear: WHOA is trying to save it.

  • Racing Identities Join Anti-Doping Movement
    HorseTalk

    05/22/2015

    Owner and breeder William Koester, past Chairman of the Ohio State Racing Commission, has joined Hall of Fame trainer Jonathan Sheppard and former Keeneland President William C Greely in support of the Water Hay Oats Alliance (WHOA), a movement supporting the passage of federal legislation to prohibit the use of performance-enhancing drugs in racing.

  • Barbaro's Owners Are Back for Another Preakness
    The New York Times

    05/14/2015

    Although Divining Rod will join the rest of the field in running on Lasix, Roy Jackson said all race-day medications such as Lasix should be banned, as they are overseas. He said he wanted more to be done in the United States to combat performance-enhancing drugs, including out-of-competition testing.

  • Sheppard Joins WHOA
    The TDN

    05/13/2015

    Hall of Fame conditioner Jonathan Sheppard has joined the Water Hay and Oats Alliance in support of federal legislation to ban race day drugs.

  • Casner Still Committed to Salix-Free Racing
    04/24/2015

    This feature story ran in the April 18, 2015 issue of Blood-Horse magazine.

    In contrast to North American racing's notable recent starts and stops on the race-day medication issue, owner Bill Casner hasn't wavered since his 2011 decision to race his Thoroughbreds without the widely used diuretic furosemide, or Salix (Lasix).

  • Gary Biszantz: TDN Letters/Feedback
    TDN

    04/23/2015

    In Response to Dr. Gary Priest's letter joining the Water Hay Oats Alliance (4/20/15)

  • Arthur Hancock: TDN Letters/ Feedback
    TDN

    04/23/2015

    In Response to RCI president Ed Martin's comments in Welfare, Doping Conference Kicks Off in Florida (4/21)

  • Vet Says Lasix 'Most Abused Drug' in Racing
    Horse Talk

    04/21/2015

    Kentucky veterinarian Dr. Gary T. Priest is the latest high profile equine identity to speak out about drugs in the racing industry, saying that Lasix has to be “the most abused drug” available to a racetrack veterinarian.

  • Hall of Famer Speaks Out On Racehorse Drugs
    Horse Talk

    04/13/2015

    Hall of Fame racehorse trainer Michael Dickinson says most trainers should have no problem taking their horses off drugs and going “cold turkey”.

  • Legendary Trainer Dickinson Joins Anti-Medication Campaign
    Racing Post

    04/12/2015

    USA: Legendary trainer Michael Dickinson has added his name to the list of supporters of the 'Water Hay Oats Alliance' (WHOA), a body of influential US industry figures campaigning for federal legislation to prohibit raceday drugs in American racing.

  • Saving Horse Racing From Itself
    Kentucky Sports Radio

    04/12/2015

    Within the past few years, a grassroots coalition of thoroughbred breeders and owners joined to seek the passage of federal legislation to ban the practice of race-day medication, and formed the Water Hay and Oats Alliance (the befuddling name is explained by its clever acronym: WHOA).

  • Why American Racetrack Owner Jeff Gural is Taking a Stand on Integrity
    04/08/2015

    David Briggs interviews Meadowlands Racetrack owner and WHOA Supporter, Jeff Gural.

  • Federal Bill Expected for Drug Regulation
    04/06/2015

    Racing industry officials in late March and early April said they again expect to see federal legislation filed this year that would authorize the United States Anti-Doping Agency to oversee equine medication and drug testing procedures.

  • Building an International Syndicate: The Man Behind Team Valor
    03/04/2015

    Karen M. Johnson interviews Barry Irwin of Team Valor International... He’s a passionate and outspoken advocate for the elimination of race-day medication in this country, and is one of the founders of the Water Hay Oats Alliance.

  • Barry Irwin: Pride of Ownership: TDN Op/Ed
    01/29/2015

    Racing needs to wean itself off race-day medication. Various reasons have been proffered for the elimination of drugs on race day, but there is one rarely mentioned that encompasses another major problem hurting the well-being of our industry–a lack of owners willing to play to game... Few prospects for racehorse ownership want to be involved in a sport that is perceived by the public to have cooties. 

  • Gosden: How the Great American Thoroughbred Could Become Increasingly Irrelevant
    01/27/2015

    I trained in America for 11 years and am conversant with the use of bute and Lasix. However, I now believe that medication administered on race-day, as happens in the States, is a problem. If you allow it, you degrade the breed in the end.

  • Gretchen Jackson: TDN Op/Ed Feedback
    10/12/2014

    In response to Bill Finley's Insanity, Stupidity, Cowardice, Call it What You Want, CHRB's O'Neill Ruling a Farce (10/10/14).

     

  • WHOA's Open Letter to the Industry
    10/10/2014

    Read WHOA’s statement in response to the National HBPA written by WHOA member Tony Chamblin.

  • Gregory Ferraro, DVM: TDN Op/Ed
    08/15/2014

    Recently completed research regarding the use, or non-use, of Lasix in Thoroughbred racehorses adds some pertinent new facts to the discussion... The results of both investigations should cause the U.S. racing industry to re-evaluate its position on the use of all bleeder medications.

  • Showdown on Race Day Medication
    07/20/2014

    The Water, Hay, and  Oats Alliance welcomes oversight from USADA, viewing it as the only way to right racing’s badly listing ship.  Founded in 2010 by a grassroots movement of like minded individuals, WHOA supports the passage of federal legislation to prohibit the use of performance enhancing drugs in horse racing.

  • Equestrian/Philanthropist Victoria McCullough and Team Valor's Barry Irwin to be Honored at Equine Advocates' Thirteenth Annual Awards Dinner & Charity Auction
    07/18/2014

    Barry Irwin will receive the Ellen and Herbert Moelis Equine Savior Award for his work to ban the use of performance-enhancing drugs in racehorses on race day. He has been one of the most outspoken and eloquent voices in the nation calling for the end of this practice in horse racing.

    Read more from Saratoga Today Newspaper.

  • Gary Biszantz: Letter to the Editor, TDN
    03/28/2014

    I applaud the TDN Publisher Barry Weisbord for his proposal for racing as a response to the ugly PETA expose on our sport of Thoroughbred racing. I know many of my respected colleagues, such as Arthur Hancock, George Strawbridge, Bill Casner, Barry Irwin and many other owners share Barry’s thoughtful response.

  • Gretchen Jackson: Letter to the Editor, TDN
    03/27/2014

    It is way over due that all the committees that have been formed and agencies, commissions, groups, clubs, etc stop talking and go about doing.

  • Advocates Call for Improved Safety, Reforms to PA Horse Racing Industry.
    02/24/2014

    In interviews with industry insiders, elected officials and safety advocates, FOX43 learned the case highlights a larger plight within the horse racing industry.  ”It won’t last 20 years. It really won’t. People can’t go on like this,” said Gretchen Jackson, who’s owned race horses since the 1970s.

  • Barry Irwin Honored by Equine Advocates with the Equine Savior Award
    07/25/2014

    The Water Hay Oats Alliance (WHOA) congratulates Barry on this well-deserved honor as a champion for the horses and our sport.

  • John H. Adger: Letter to the Editor, TDN
    07/23/2014

    John H. Adger, owner and breeder, joins Water Hay Oats Alliance.  You can read his statement in his letter to the Editor of the TDN.

  • Paul E. Sullivan: Letter to the Editor, TDN
    07/21/2014

    Paul E. Sullivan joins Water Hay Oats Alliance. Read his reasoning in this letter to the Editor of the TDN.

  • WHOA Lament
    05/17/2012

    The founding ideas of the Water Hay Oats Alliance.

 






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