• Symposium on Racing: Assurance of integrity key to sports betting success

    He also stressed that sports and racing need to develop the architecture and policies that will make whistle-blowers comfortable when coming forward. He said surveys that he has conducted among professional athletes show that most sports participants are highly reluctant to come forward with specific, credible information on fellow competitors. That recommendation has also been made countless times to U.S. racing interests by Travis Tygart, the head of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, a non-profit company that runs drug-testing and integrity programs for the U.S. Olympic team.

  • Symposium on Racing: Three tools to fight cheating on the racetrack

    TUCSON, Ariz. - What do a dog, a ratio, and a randomly generated test have in common?

    They are all tools developed recently by racing regulators to address integrity concerns at racetracks, according to panelists appearing on Tuesday afternoon at the annual Symposium on Racing.

    The panelists, which included a New Mexico steward, a New York regulatory veterinarian, and a New Mexico racetrack general manager, described the novel developments in a session called “Tools of the Regulatory Trade: Insuring Integrity in Racing.” Although it was the penultimate session of the day, and therefore was not as well attended as earlier panels, the session itself was well received by the conference audience, which included a large number of regulators and operational racetrack staff.

  • First in a Series: Spotlight on Pennsylvania's Drug testing Program - Playing Favorites?
    InsideRacing Regs

    It’s late 2016 and the track is the Meadows, a harness track outside Pittsburg.

    The Pennsylvania Equine Research Laboratory (PETRL) returns drug findings for a pair of trainers running horses at that track. Both of those reports are forwarded to the track from the commission’s headquarters in Harrisburg as violations of its equine drug testing program. Both findings are for betamethasone and the concentration for each is between 10 picrograms and 100 picograms. According to the commission, both individuals are penalized.

    Shortly thereafter, a drug finding for the same drug with a similar concentration is reported to the commission. This time things are handled differently. No violation. No ruling. No penalty. The trainer with this finding is Ron Burke, the all-time leading trainer in the U.S. in harness racing history.


  • BALCO figures offer how to rid sports of doping 15 years after scandal
    USA Today

    Can the drug cheats be stopped? Is it worth trying anymore?

    The questions are being asked again 15 years after federal agents raided the Bay Area Laboratory Co-operative (BALCO) and triggered a steroids scandal that ensnared the likes of Barry Bonds and Marion Jones.

    “Doping will always happen,’’ Thomas Bach, president of the International Olympic Committee, said last month during an interview with CNN Money. “This is one of the wars you cannot win.”

    Yet Travis Tygart, head of the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), told CNN, "It’s time to double down'' on efforts to ensure fair competition.

    With Monday marking the 15th anniversary of the raid on BALCO, Tygart and other central figures in one of the biggest doping scandals in history provide USA TODAY Sports five steps to crack down harder on cheaters:.......

  • International Authorities to Combat Gene Doping
    BloodHorse Daily

    Two leading world organizations, the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA) and the International Stud Book Committee (ISBC), are to work together on ways of combating gene doping in Thoroughbreds, which one expert has said could put the whole integrity of racing and the breed in jeopardy....

    ......The ISBC meeting heard from Kanichi Kusano, chairman of the IFHA gene doping control sub-committee, who in a presentation to the IFHA annual conference in Paris on Monday raised the specter of gene doping as a major threat to racing. "It will endanger the integrity of the sport and wagering, and will risk creating genetically modified Thoroughbreds," he said.

    Dr. Kusano added: "The worst-case scenario of gene doping will happen at the breeding stage, by modifying eggs, sperm, and embryos. If this happens, it could have a major impact on those racing jurisdictions that use Thoroughbreds.

    "The second scenario is if a horse was triggered by genetical medication, it would have possibilities to create genetically modified horses in the next generation."

    Detecting genetically modified thoroughbreds needs more studies, more time and more resources, Dr Kusano said. But, he added: "Gene doping is not a rumor anymore."

  • View From The Eighth Pole: Ingrid Mason Suspension Latest Example Of A Broken System
    Paulick Report

    Here we go again.

    Trainer Ingrid Mason has been suspended for one year and fined $2,500 by stewards at Arlington Park after Nuclear Option, winner of the first race on Aug. 23, tested positive for d-methamphetamine and amphetamine.

    Mason was suspended without having the benefit of a confirmatory split sample or being notified of the level at which the drug was detected by the Illinois Racing Board's official laboratory at the University of Illinois.

    Mason is appealing the suspension – which then gives her the right to have a split sample tested – and she received a stay, allowing her to continue to train while the case is heard.

    Mason contends, and I have absolutely no reason to doubt her, that this drug positive is a result of contamination. She's tested Nuclear Option's groom (the test was negative) but knows that contamination can happen in any number of ways.

  • BHA: 'It Would Be Naive' To Assume Cobalt Never Abused In British Thoroughbreds
    Paulick Report

    Robin Mounsey, head of media for the BHA, told the Racing Post that English racing's rulemaking authority is concerned about the threat to racing integrity there.

    “It would be naive to think this is the only time the substance has or will be used in Britain, and this is why detecting and acting on cobalt has formed an increasing part of our anti-doping strategy and we will continue to be vigilant about it,” he said. “The main outcome from this case from our point of view is that the individual who was responsible for administering prohibited substances on race day has been disqualified from the sport for three years.”

  • ARCI President Martin: Integrity Issues In Horse Racing A 'Red Herring'
    Paulick Report

    ....While you and I and many others are just going to have to disagree on whether H.R. 2651 is an improvement or not, it has no bearing on the cases you have referenced or inquire about. As you know, there is total uniformity that performance enhancing drugs are not allowed to be given horses when they race, and all commissions utilize the ARCI database to determine whether a violator has a pattern of non-compliance that would be considered an aggravating factor worthy of a progressive penalty.

    I concede the point that there are areas of inconsistencies, but they are few and relatively minor in the scheme of things. To telegraph them as an indictment of the integrity of an entire sport in a growing competitive environment (sports betting) is downright reckless, like telling the public that roads are unsafe because the speed limit is slightly different in the next town...

  • Integrity in sport: is it a hopeless ideal?
    Sports Integrity Initiative

    In a world where integrity might have different connotations, we must first ask what is meant by integrity in sport. According to the UK’s Sport and Recreation Alliance, ‘a defining characteristic of competitive sport is that the contest should be unpredictable and decided by the skill of the participants alone. Where sporting outcomes are determined by other, illegitimate means – such as doping or match-fixing- the integrity of the competition is called into question and confidence in sport is undermined.’ 


  • Kavanagh hails 'groundbreaking' lifetime bans for horses who have been doped

    A new anti-doping policy that will trigger lifetime bans for horses who test positive for substances such as anabolic steroids has been hailed as groundbreaking and unprecedented by Horse Racing Ireland chief executive Brian Kavanagh.

    However, the industry-wide agreement, which was rubber-stamped at an HRI board meeting on Monday, includes the contentious provision for a one-day notice period for studs and yards that aren’t licensed by the sport’s regulatory body.

    Kavanagh has suggested that the policy, which will grant Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board vets the authority to access unlicensed premises for the purpose of testing horses not in training by dint of a service level agreement (SLA) with the department of agriculture, will be in place in time for the 2019 foal crop.

    “The policy was unanimously approved by the board,” he said. “It's unprecedented because it's an industry-wide approach to an issue that countries all around the world are tackling.


  • Current Regulatory System 'Not Deterring Cheaters - It Is Enabling Them,' Janney And Fravel Tell Congress
    Paulick Report

    Stuart Janney, chairman of The Jockey Club, and Breeders' Cup president and CEO Craig Fravel have written to the Congressional committee that recently held a hearing on the Horseracing Integrity Act of 2017 (H.R. 2651) in rebuttal to the testimony of several witnesses who spoke against the legislation.

    The Jockey Club and Breeders' Cup are members of the Coalition for Horse Racing Integrity that supports the bill, co-sponsored by Reps Andy Barr (R-KY) and Paul Tonko (D-NY). The Horseracing Integrity Act would create a private, independent regulatory board in association with the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) to oversee all medication regulations, testing and enforcement on a national basis. The bill would also eliminate the race-day administration of the anti-bleeding diuretic furosemide (Lasix).

  • Belinda Stronach writes Congress supporting Horseracing Integrity Act
    Horse Racing Nation

    With the addition of The Stronach Group’s support of H.R. 2651, track associations and organizations that support the bill now represent 59% of all pari-mutuel handle generated and 63% of all graded races run for Thoroughbreds in North America in 2017. This group includes Breeders’ Cup Ltd., Indiana Grand, Keeneland Association, and the New York Racing Association.

    “Frank and Belinda Stronach have been longtime advocates for uniformity and increased integrity in horse racing, and we thank them for their enthusiastic support of the Horseracing Integrity Act,” said Shawn Smeallie, executive director of the Coalition for Horse Racing Integrity. “As evidenced by the bill’s growing support among stakeholders in the racing industry and cosponsors in Congress, momentum is building to create a uniform and effective anti-doping program in horse racing in the United States.”

  • Belinda Stronach Writes Congress in Support of the Horseracing Integrity Act

    Belinda Stronach, the president and chairman of The Stronach Group, wrote a letter to congress in support of H.R. 2651, the Horseracing Integrity Act of 2017. Frank Stronach, founder and honorary chairman of The Stronach Group, previously expressed his support for the legislation in April 2017.

    H.R. 2651 would require that a uniform anti-doping and medication control program be developed and enforced by a private, non-profit, self-regulatory organization known as the Horseracing Anti-Doping and Medication Control Authority.

  • Industry Voices: Lear on Horse Racing Integrity Act

    In testimony filed with the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection for its June 22 hearing on HR 2651—the Horse Racing Integrity Act of 2017—opponents of the measure characterized it as an unwarranted intrusion into the regulatory authority of the states. As stated by one witness, HR 2651 "strips the states of their ability to control their state legalized and regulated industries..." 

    This statement is demonstrably false. 

    Although medication matters have occupied a disproportionately large part of racing industry media attention in recent years, they represent a small fraction of the jurisdiction exercised by virtually every state over horse racing. Their powers generally extend to a wide variety of matters including: taxation; the rules of racing; licensing trainers, jockeys, and others; approval of wagers and the associated takeout; conditions of races; location of racetrack facilities; horse ages, weights and equipment; state-bred supplements; simulcasting terms and conditions; rules for advance deposit wagering; the appointment of stewards and other racing officials; and rules related to claiming races. Moreover, for at least two of the three witnesses appearing in opposition to HR 2651, any suggestion that Congressional intervention into matters affecting horse racing is unwarranted is the height of hypocrisy.



  • Mott Reaches Settlement With NY In Medication Case

    Trainer Bill Mott has reached a court settlement with the New York State Gaming Commission after a nearly-four-year legal battle concerning a disputed medication overage from September 2014.

    Mott agreed to take a seven-day suspension, effective July 5-11, and pay a $1,000 fine to end the case, which began when Saratoga Snacks, a horse he trained, was found to have two alleged medication overages in tests conducted after an allowance race at Belmont Park on Sept. 20, 2014. The NYSGC originally imposed a 15-day sanction against Mott for overages of Banamine and Lasix that were for such excessive amounts that they seemed to defy logic.

  • Pennsylvania Racing Commission Responds To Questions Of Cover-Ups, Conflicts Of Interest; Attorney Pincus Calls It 'Hogwash'
    Paulick Report

    The Pennsylvania State Horse Racing Commission has responded to a June 27 article, written by attorney Alan Pincus and published in the Paulick Report, entitled “Pennsylvania Harness Regulators: Questions Of Cover-Ups And Conflicts of Interest.”  The article raised questions about why the commission failed to pursue disciplinary action after two positive drug tests  were reported to the regulatory board by the Pennsylvania Equine Toxicology and Research Laboratory (PETRL), the state's official test lab.

    The following letter was submitted by Stephanie Pavlik of Pennsylvania's Department of Agriculture on behalf of the Pennsylvania State Horse Racing Commission, whose members are Agriculture Secretary Russell  C. Redding, Darryl Breniser, Salvatore M. De Bunda,  Dr. John Egloff, Thomas Jay Ellis, Russell B. Jones, Jr., Robert F. Lark, C. Edward Rogers, Jr., Michele C. Ruddy and Dr. Corinne Sweeney.

    Following the racing commission's letter is a response from Alan Pincus.


  • Condoning the cheats: that's what racing is doing by not supporting out-of-competition testing
    Thoroughbred Racing Commentary

    It’s a subject TRC has returned to time and again. I have written about out-of-competition testing myself, and we have published the views of other industry experts on many occasions. For over a decade, the sports of cycling, baseball, track and field, swimming and others have developed and implemented effective out-of-competition tests. The racing industry will not survive without taking serious action now.

    Unfortunately, the U.S. State and national horseracing regulatory authorities have been very slow in implementing OOCT programs. As a result, the racing industry cannot effectively catch cheaters that are currently using drugs and other substances that cannot be detected by the traditional post race testing practices.

  • 'Races Are Won In Training': Arthur Expresses Frustration After California OOCT Measure Sent Back To Committee
    Paulick Report


    The California Horse Racing Board voted on Thursday to send a proposed rule governing out-of-competition drug testing back to committee. The Blood-Horses Jeremy Balan, tweeting from the meeting, noted last-minute opposition to the measure from the Thoroughbred Owners of California, who voiced concerns about responsibility for OOCT positives, as well as the California Thoroughbred Trainers. The rule language would have brought the state into line with RMTC recommended guidelines, which are already in place in other jurisdictions. Balan wrote the discussion became extremely heated at times as Dr. Rick Arthur, CHRB equine medical director, accused horsemen of voicing objections strictly as a way to avoid implementing testing.

    After the meeting, Arthur released the following statement to the media:  read the complete statement

  • The Friday Show : Conflicts Of Interest?
    Paulick Report

    The Paulick Report published a disturbing commentary this week from Pennsylvania attorney Alan Pincus regarding potential cover-ups of positive drug tests in that state's harness racing business.

    In this edition of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick discuss the implications and broader impact of those developments.

  • Pennsylvania Harness Regulators: Questions Of Cover-Ups And Conflicts Of Interest
    Paulick Report

    I first went to work at a racetrack in 1965 as a teenager. I've always loved the game because it truly is the greatest game. People either understand this or they don't. You meet some of the most interesting people at the racetrack and the horses are magnificent animals. But as colorful as racing is, it also has its dark side. For the past 25 years, I have been battling with the Pennsylvania Racing Commission as an attorney. Every day I try to fight the good fight in a system that is fundamentally stacked against the horsemen. In hearings against horsemen, the Commission is the investigator, the prosecutor and the judge. To have any chance at a fair shot, you depend on the integrity of every person working for the Commission.

  • Anti-doping bill would hurt horses and racing
    The Herald Leader

    I was disturbed to see an article in the Herald-Leader about the Barr-Tonko bill, federal legislation dealing with race-day doping of horses.

    The article, written by a Washington reporter, was presented in a lopsided fashion and put out on the national wire as fact. Even worse, the local staff did not see through the false narratives in the article.

    First and foremost, if I told you that over 90 percent of people who work with these horses every day support the use of Lasix for horses diagnosed with exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhage (EIPH), would you feel that this article fairly represented that fact? I doubt it. 

    Would you refer to people who take medication for blood pressure or heart disease, prescribed by a physician, a doper or dope addict? I doubt it.....

  • Does Horseracing Need An Anti-Doping Authority? One Kentucky Lawmaker Thinks So.

    As Justify returns to California after snagging the coveted Triple Crown, a debate lingers in the commonwealth over the rules governing the sport that thrust the chestnut colt into the spotlight.

    In 2017, Sixth District Rep. Andy Barr joined New York Democratic Congressman Paul Tonko in unveiling the bipartisan Horseracing Integrity Act. Supporters believe the measure is necessary to clean up the patchwork of laws that exists across the country and bring the sport under a single regulatory umbrella when it comes to medicating and monitoring Thoroughbreds.

    Under the bill, those matters would come before the Horseracing Anti-Doping and Medication Control. That entity would be governed by a board including the chief executive of United States Anti-Doping Agency, which oversees testing in Olympic sports. The measure also puts the U.S. on a similar footing with international standards by banning race-day administration of Lasix, a drug that reduces bleeding in racehorses' lungs.

    "A national, uniform medication program is not about more bureaucracy," Barr told WUKY. "Our bill creates a non-governmental anti-doping authority that actually reduces regulations because it replaces 38 different... state by state conflicting regulatory regimes with a single national, uniform set of standards."

  • Barr: My bill is about the integrity of racing, not banning a drug
    Herald Leader

    In a June 8 opinion piece, Dr. Andy Roberts, a reputable veterinarian for whom I have a lot of respect, asserts that my legislation, the Horse Racing Integrity Act, primarily aims to ban Lasix. 

    This characterization is imprecise and incomplete. In fact, this bipartisan legislation would allow the out-of-competition administration of Lasix and enact reforms to enhance uniformity, safety and integrity in horseracing. 

    The most recent draft of this bill was developed through a highly deliberative, bipartisan process, resulting in support from over 110 members of Congress and all facets of the horseracing industry, including breeders, owners, trainers, racing associations and jockeys. 

    I am honored to represent the Horse Capital of the World and have worked diligently to enact a wide range of polices that will promote growth in this key Kentucky industry. In addition to medication reform, I have worked successfully to broaden financial institutions’ acceptance of advance deposit wagering platforms to increase fan participation in wagering.

  • Kentucky horse trainer says Horse Racing Integrity Act would add bureaucracy and hurt business
    Spectrum News

    U.S. Rep. Andy Barr, R-Lexington, is trying to gain traction in Congress to pass legislation which would add new requirements to horse racing across the nation. 

    Bentley Combs, a horse trainer in Kentucky who recently started his own business after years working in the equine industry, said the legislation sponsored by Barr and U.S. Rep. Paul Tonko, D-New York, would hurt his business because of additional fees to pay for added bureaucracy. 

    “This bill affects me as a newer trainer because I don’t have right now what somebody might say are ‘Saturday horses’ like a Justify — my owners, typically, deal in claiming horses — it’s a hobby for them,” Combs said. 


  • The Week in Review: The Sport Goes to Congress

    You only get one chance to make a good first impression. So which side’s message resonated most effectively at last Friday’s Congressional subcommittee hearing on HR 2651, the federal bill that would implement a uniform anti-doping and medication control framework upon horse racing in the United States?

    Neither side scored a landslide victory. But if you momentarily suspend whatever your personal position is on the Horseracing Integrity Act and take in the testimony through the eyes and ears of a newcomer to our complex industry (like the politicians on the Commerce and Consumer Protection subcommittee all are), the talking-point edge went to the side that wants to preserve the status quo.

  • In the ol' muck pit: On the Horseracing Integrity Act of 2017
    Horse Racing Nation

    Whether you believe in the concept of only “Hay, Oats, and Water,” and are a resolute disciple of zero tolerance on race day medications (and, I would argue there is no such thing any where in the entire world), or you are a considerate soul that believes that therapeutic medicines allow both human and equine athletes to perform up to their capabilities is the humane thing to do (and, I would argue that it is), there is no argument about four major, over-riding principals and reasons that should condemn the so-called “Horseracing (should be two words, or at the very least, hyphenated) Integrity Act of 2017" to a death on the cutting room floor of the U.S. House of Representatives.


  • Why are they playing hide and seek with important industry information?

    It’s been like pulling teeth.

    I am referring to my quest to obtain information on the number of out-of-competition tests that each state in the U.S. conducts. Specifically, statistics from 2016.

    This is information that should made public on an annual basis by the end of the first quarter each year. In other words, 2016 information should have been available in April 2017. The statistics for 2017 should available to the public now.

    If you are interested in out-of-competition in British horse racing, you can simply go to the British Horseracing Authority website (it’s on page 38 of the 2016 Annual Report and Accounts). If you want to know about human athletics, you can go the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) website...

  • Horse interests spend millions in congressional fight to bar race-day medication
    Lexington Herald Leader



    Bitterly divided over a bid to bar race-day medication for horses, equine interests on both sides have spent close to $3 million lobbying Congress on federal legislation that would end the practice....

    ...The legislation, which would create a federal authority and uniform medicationstandards for horse racing, would replace what its sponsor Rep. Andy Barr, R-Ky. says are “inconsistent rules” across 38 racing jurisdictions.

    It would also prohibit trainers from administering furosemide, commonly known as Lasix, which prevents bleeding in racehorses and represents the only race-day medication now allowed at most tracks.


  • Congress Considers Weighing In On Drug Testing For Race Horses

    There are the mint juleps. There are the fancy hats. There's all the money, those big bets people throw down. But behind the glitz of the Kentucky Derby tomorrow, there is actually a debate happening in horse racing. It is all about doping and whether certain drugs should be given to horses on race days. As Erica Peterson from member station WFPL reports, this issue has made it all the way to Congress.

    Listen to the NPR broadcast

  • Protect racehorses: A bipartisan effort in Congress
    Washington Examiner

    Racehorses are incredible athletes, and for centuries, humans have been impressed by their brawn, beauty, and lightning speed. Unfortunately, there’s an important power they cannot exhibit: control over the substances that go into their bodies. 

    Human athletes who take performance enhancing substances do so, in most cases, by making a conscious choice to dope, to cheat, and to win at all costs. Racehorses cannot make that choice. Instead, they are at the mercy of their owners and trainers. The industry should therefore protect these athletes from those who place winning above the lives and wellbeing of both horses and the jockeys who ride them.

  • Letter to the editor: Horseracing Integrity Act deserves support

    Many racetracks and racing organizations support the Horseracing Integrity Act, U.S. House Resolution 2651, which would provide an independent, uniform national doping system for horse racing. Unfortunately, Penn National Gaming, based in Pennsylvania and owner of several racetracks, has not offered its support. Fans would think that doping horses to cheat during races in Pennsylvania is not an issue. But they'd be wrong. 

    Last summer, Penn National trainer Stephanie Beattie admitted to habitually and illegally doping horses she trained, testifying at the trial of another Penn National trainer convicted of doping racehorses that “almost everybody did” and “It was a known practice. We wanted to win and they weren't testing for those drugs at that time.”.............

  • Talking Horses: Timeform demand racing authorities get tough on drugs
    The Guardian

    Sport is losing its battle with drugs.” That statement by Timeform in their latest Racehorses annual* out this week may arguably be levelled at cycling and athletics given the recent lurid headlines but racing cannot afford to be complacent, according to the respected tipping organisation.

    While “efforts are still being made by a vocal minority in North American racing to prohibit the use of raceday medication on that continent,” Timeform point out “[that] drugs that are banned in nearly every other major racing jurisdiction are still being freely injected.”

    The widespread use of drugs in America leads Timeform to ask, in their essay on Breeders’ Cup Turf winner Talismanic, “can racegoers and punters really believe everything they see in North American racing?” The ubiquitous use of lasix prompts another poser: “What difference does its use make?” Their answer, based on the evidence of this year’s running of the Pegasus World Cup, is “that American trainers think it’s worth more than 7lb, seeing that was the allowance in the race conditions for running without lasix. None of the connections took it up!”

  • At the Heart of a Vast Doping Network, an Alias
    The New York Times

    The Swiss authorities notified the organization in the United States that investigates sports doping, the United States Anti-Doping Agency, and shared the return-address sticker. The packages were shipped by someone named Thomas Mann.

    His name drew puzzled shrugs from Usada investigators. That name had never crossed their radar, and they could not find a home listing for someone with that name in their database in Arizona or anywhere else.........

  • The bone disease treatment drugs that may be putting young horses at risk
    Daniel Ross, Thoroughbred Racing Commentary

    Like all drugs, bisphosphonates are a proven fillip when administered to treat specific conditions in accordance with official guidelines. But like all drugs, bisphosphonates can be misused and abused.

    And it’s the potential consequences from misuse in racehorses — especially in young racehorses — that’s causing mounting concern among a growing number of respected veterinarians and regulators in the industry.

    “There’s no checks and balances on this,” said Mary Scollay, equine medical director of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, about a group of drugs that are currently unregulated.

    “If the risk is as real as we perceive it to be, we can be facing a real problem in terms of racing injuries and racing fractures if we don’t as a community come together to decide how to responsibly manage this,” she added.

  • The country where stallions who have ever had Lasix are disqualified for breeding
    Thoroughbred Racing Commentary

    On the whole, though, these regulations have strengthened the industry in Germany as they mean no “soft” horses will find a place at stud there. Breeders sending their mares to be covered in Germany can be confident the prospective mate will be healthy, have no defects and be drug-free. This is undoubtedly a major factor in the worldwide success of German-breds and helps account for the soundness, longevity, and stamina for which they are admired.

  • Op/Ed Feedback: Shawn Smeallie

    I agree with Eric Hamelback in his Feb. 28 essay in Thoroughbred Daily News that a common thread among horsemen is that they are not cheaters and are dedicated to their horses. I also agree that racing faces problems and our regulation and testing system is broken and inconsistent.

    Unfortunately, I have a difficult time agreeing with much else he wrote.

    I will explain by giving you the facts.........

  • Op/Ed Feedback: Craig Bernick

    I’ve read with interest the reasons that people I know and respect such as Graham Motion, Brad Weisbord, and Terry Finley have joined WHOA since the beginning of this year, and they all make very solid points. In my opinion there is no question the current system is broken and needs an overhaul. We must have uniform rules across all states with agreed-upon banned substances, limits and penalties. Our current system has different rules everywhere; it tests in picograms and makes obscenely strict rulings against honest horsemen while it’s almost certain that widespread cheaters use performance-enhancing drugs where the science outpaces regulation. The horsemen must be involved in the process of finding a solution instead of only using their platform to poke holes in the current proposed bill. And the WHOA group must understand that without horsemen getting on board, it’s unlikely that any meaningful change will be enacted.

  • Op/Ed: Horsemen Helping Horsemen Solves Industry Issues

    I know and respect Craig Bandoroff, who penned an Op/Ed for the Thoroughbred Daily News on Feb. 21, and I join him in his congratulatory sentiment for the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission and Marc Guilfoil. Bravo, well done, after a year of being in limbo, the innocent are exonerated and can return to their lives.

    The National Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association acknowledges racing faces problems, as does every other sport, business and industry. Similarly, I agree some of our regulation and testing system is broken and inconsistent, but my concerns diverge from Craig in this important respect: HR 2651 is not the answer. This bill does not seek to place our industry into the hands of anti-doping experts with the ability to make common-sense distinctions between performance-enhancing drugs and those that aren’t.....

  • Kentucky Stewards to Rescind 2016 Ractopamine Positives

    Based on an updated opinion from its testing lab on its findings, Kentucky stewards will rescind three ractopamine positives initially called at the 2016 Kentucky Downs meeting.

    Trainer George "Rusty" Arnold planned to appeal his two class 2 positives to the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, but that move became unnecessary after the KHRC lab, LGC Science Lexington, reversed its initial findings. The lab also rescinded its positive found against trainer Joe Sharp.

  • Rusty Arnold On Pending Suspension: 'The System Has Failed Me'
    Paulick Report

    George R. “Rusty” Arnold II is a proud man. A third-generation Kentucky horseman, he's trained Thoroughbreds for more than 40 years, saddled 16 Grade 1 winners and ranks 38th on the Equibase list of all-time leading trainers by money won, with over $64 million in total earnings.

    Arnold, 62, is the first to admit he doesn't have the numbers or the “big horse” of a Hall of Famer, calling himself a journeyman who's been fortunate to train for some of the best people in the game. What he does have, he said, is “the respect of my peers. That's my greatest accomplishment.”

    That respect is based in part on running a clean operation and always putting the horse first. After 41 years and more than 11,000 starts, he's had two minor therapeutic medication overages – one a veterinarian's mistake in 2010 and an earlier violation in 2000 that was the result of an error in his barn. He's never been suspended.

    Until now.

  • Common Sense Takes A Back Seat?
    Paulick Report

    A Kentucky stewards' ruling nearly a year and a half in the making could have a profound impact on the career of highly respected trainer Rusty Arnold. Horses in Arnold's care in 2016 tested positive for ractopamine, a feed additive listed as a Class 2 drug by the Association of Racing Commissioners International.

    But given Arnold's almost pristine training record over several decades, what questions should be asked concerning this situation? In this edition of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick discuss what happened, how officials have responded and what this might mean in the bigger picture.

  • Former Pennsylvania Testing Director Out At USEF After Testing Issue
    Paulick Report

    Less than two years after he started as Laboratory Director for the United States Equestrian Federation, a former official responsible for drug testing Pennsylvania Thoroughbreds is no longer employed by the Federation. Dr. Cornelius Uboh, former Bureau Director at the Pennsylvania Equine Toxicology and Research Laboratory, took over the USEF Equine Research and Testing Laboratory in September 2016.

  • Penn National needs to support the Horseracing Integrity Act
    PennLive letters


    I am not a fan of government overreach. However, when government regulations have the potential to save an industry and the countless jobs that support it, I change my tune. The horseracing industry in Pennsylvania supports many jobs that include hay farmers, feed stores, breeders, trainers, transporters, jockeys, and backstretch workers.

    These Pennsylvanians, as well as fans of racing, expect the racing industry to maintain and grow the fan base by ensuring that the sport is not rife with cheaters.

    Penn National Gaming, which profits from horseracing, has an obligation to this industry, but refuses to support the Horseracing Integrity Act, a federal bill that would establish a uniform set of rules, testing procedures, and penalties, created by the non-profit U.S. Anti-Doping Agency to rid racing of unethical drugging and doping of horses.....

    Pamela Murray


  • It's time to clean up abuses in horse racing
    Indiana Gazette

    I used to be a fan of horse racing, but I am no longer a fan of a sport that refuses to address the issue of doping race horses.

    As much as I enjoy watching these equine athletes run, I am fearful of witnessing another breakdown on the track, as are many other former fans. Too many horses pay with their lives so that trainers and owners can win at the track. The sport has lost its soul because it refuses to adopt common-sense change to protect the integrity of the sport and the human and equine athletes who are too often seen as disposable.

    The Horseracing Integrity Act is a federal bill that will ensure equine welfare and protect the integrity of the sport by granting independent control over rule-making, testing and enforcement oversight regarding drugs and medication to a new authority created by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency.




  • Gural, WEG Implement New Drug Regulations Aimed At Owner Responsibility
    Paulick Report

    “I think it's going to shake things up,” Gural said. “I can't imagine any sane person, who owns stakes horses using anyone that is considered a drug trainer or someone who has had violations in the past because the consequences are so Draconian.”

  • Owners the focus of tough new WEG and Big M rule
    Horse Racing Update

    Owners and trainers take heed: one positive test in 2018 could result in all of your horses being banned from all stakes races at the Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) tracks and the Meadowlands, Tioga and Vernon Downs.

    The new rule called the Standardbred Racing Integrity and Accountability Initiative (SRIAI) is a partnership between WEG-operated Mohawk and Woodbine and the three Jeff Gural-owned tracks and is already in effect for 2018.

    WEG chairman Clay Horner, a long-time proponent of enhanced owner responsibility, said he hopes the tough new integrity rule, announced Friday (Jan. 5), will force horse owners to make better trainer choices.

    “The objective here is for owners to be very vigilant and very careful,” Horner said Friday of the SRIAI that bans any owner, trainer or horse from participating in stakes races at the five racetracks in 2018 if they have been found by a racing regulatory agency to have tested positive for prohibited substances as defined within the Association of Racing Commissioners International Uniform Classification for Foreign Substances of Class I, II, TCO2 or steroids after Jan. 1, 2018.

  • 'Different Mindset': British Vets Question Volume Of Therapeutic Drugs Used In American Racing
    Paulick Report

    “I know the big debate in the States is can we run horses without medication. We seem to be doing quite well over here,” Barrelet said. “We don't run them without drugs, just without raceday medications. They're clean on race day within protection limits. Those times within forensic value are pretty well defined and from a pharmacological value are pretty well defined.

  • Hovdey: Black and white consequences for medication rules in shades of gray

    Graham Motion does not consider himself a hero or a martyr. He is not taking a victory lap. Neither is he confident that the whole thing might not happen again, with another legal medication in another jurisdiction where hypersensitive testing and the absolute-insurer rule of Thoroughbred racing reign, and law-abiding trainers are caught up in the same flawed net intended to catch those who choose to cheat their way to success.

    “Ultimately, when it’s all said, the only conclusion is that we are crying out for a governing body in racing, so that we all know where we stand. If anything good comes from all this, I hope it would be to push us in that direction.”

  • 'Juice' Cleanse Needed to Remedy Doping Comments

    This is one of those “guy walks into a bar…” jokes. Except the punch line isn’t even remotely funny.

    Imagine a baseball player walking into a sports bar located inside his team’s home stadium after he’s finished playing for the day. The player has a history of producing suspiciously off-the-charts home run numbers, has already served a suspension related to the prohibited use of pain killers, and has a separate drug abuse case currently under appeal.

  • Racing Integrity's Newest Threat: Human Designer Drugs?
    Paulick Report

    It's no secret the challenge of post-race drug testing has always been keeping regulators one step ahead of those who use illegal drugs or illegally manipulate medication. But with the advent of Internet sales and bitcoin, one laboratory director fears his job, and that of racing commissions everywhere, is about to get a lot more difficult.

  • ASPCA Throws Support Behind The Horseracing Integrity Act of 2017
    Paulick Report

    The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) has announced its strong support for the Horseracing Integrity Act of 2017...

    ...The ASPCA's support of the legislation was conveyed in a recent letter from Richard Patch, vice president of federal affairs for the ASPCA, to Reps. Andy Barr (R-KY) and Paul Tonko (D-NY), who introduced the legislation on May 25, 2017.

    The letter read, in part, “By establishing a national, independent authority to govern medications administered to racehorses, this legislation will promote the safety of our equine athletes and encourage consistent enforcement of doping regulations across state lines.”

  • Commentary: USTA Lacks Understanding Of Federal Bill
    Paulick Report

    In short, the USTA opposes the provision in the bill requiring the elimination of race-day medications and it wants separate regulations regarding therapeutic medications for different horse breeds. The organization also took issue with the makeup of the board that would oversee the new anti-doping authority.

    While the members of the Coalition for Horse Racing Integrity respect the USTA's yearning for breed-specific, uniform medication rules for horse racing, the reasons for their opposition to H.R. 2651 are based on faulty arguments and a clear lack of understanding of what the bill would actually do.

  • How serious is racing about cleaning out cheaters?

    The Jorge Navarro video scandal offers racing a golden opportunity to come down hard and demonstrate that it will not tolerate cheaters. Yet the reaction has been far less than decisive. Some jurisdictions have banned Navarro but others, including industry leader NYRA, have taken no meaningful action. This raises the question of whether the sport really wants to clean up its act or is just posturing when it says it does. 

  • WHOA, Nelly! Part 2: What's it About? Who's in, Who's out?
    Talk of the Track

    So this second installation of, “WHOA, Nelly!” is about WHOA,, itself:   those who are involved; and a curious sadness, as we take note of those who are conspicuous by their absence.

  • USTA announces opposition to HORSE RACING INTEGRITY ACT
    THA Press Release

    The United States Trotting Association Sept. 5 announced its opposition to the Horse Racing Integrity Act of 2017 for multiple reasons, including a proposed ban on race-day Lasix and the makeup of the authority that would oversee equine medication policy and a financing scheme for increased testing.

  • More Than Ever, Integrity Needed in Every State
    The BloodHorse

    As money generated by added-gaming has boosted purses and breeder funds throughout the country, it has become more important than ever for racing to maintain integrity.

    Jockey Club chairman Stuart Janney III made that point during his closing remarks at the Round Table on Matters Pertaining to Racing Aug. 13 in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. He noted that a scandal anywhere in the country can impact how racing is viewed and threaten the significant commitment state governments have made to the sport.

  • Always Dreaming Owners Support Horseracing Integrity
    The BloodHorse Daily

    "To help ensure the safety of the horses and the jockeys and to enable racing fans to take comfort in the integrity of the sport, it is vital that the industry adopt a uniform set of rules across the 38 jurisdictions regarding testing and penalties administered by an independent body," Viola said in a written statement. "We have an opportunity now to improve significantly the safety and fairness of this beautiful and proud sport that has brought joy to millions of fans. It is important that all of us act on it with a sense of urgency."

  • WHOA, Nelly! Horse Racing's Perceived Need for Speed at All Costs to Horse = Absolutely, Positively Unacceptable
    Talk of the Track

    WHOA (Water Hay Oats Alliance) is a brilliant organization of kind-hearted people who are focused on one thing:  the health and well-being of horses.   Period.   They love horses, and they know that healthy horses who aren’t doped are the only hope if horse racing is to flourish, and to grow.   Indeed, the health of the equine economy depends on WHOA’s campaign to wake up the industry, and get unnecessary medications off the table in the life of race horses.

    No horse ever should be given medications for reasons other than healing a situation, or stabilizing the horse during convalescence.  One of the meds that’s part of the dialogue is Lasix.

  • Why this is the only chance for America's broken regulatory system
    Thoroughbred Racing Commentary

    The Jockey Club Round Table Conference on Matters Pertaining to Racing is arguably the most important meeting on the annual Thoroughbred racing calendar in America. That has arguably never been more the case than at this year’s conference on Sunday, when powerful representations were made by some of the most respected people in the business in favour of the proposed Horse Racing Integrity Act of 2017.

  • Banke: 'Craft Our Narrative And Rebuild The Foundation Of Integrity' Through Federal Legislation
    Paulick Report

    Barbara Banke, owner of Stonestreet Farm and chairman and proprietor of Jackson Family Wines, delivered the following remarks in support of the Horseracing Integrity Act of 2017 at Sunday's Jockey Club Round Table Conference on Matters Pertaining to Racing in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

  • Janney On 'Disgraceful And Sad' Pennsylvania Events: 'It Gives All Of Racing A Black Eye'
    Paulick Report

    Following are closing remarks by Stuart S. Janney III, chairman of The Jockey Club, at Sunday's Jockey Club Round Table Conference on Matters Pertaining to Racing in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

    My sense is that we are at a crossroads. There are many signs of hope, progress and accomplishment...........But now let's look at a darker side. Sadly, the list is just as long and the issues no less important. We have talked about many of these issues, either today or in previous conferences. The scope of some of these problems can be daunting and their persistence is disheartening.

  • Jockey Club renews push for federal legislation to regulate medication, drug testing
    Daily Racing Form

    SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – The Jockey Club is doubling down on its support for legislation that would put in place a federal framework for the sport’s regulation of medication and drug testing, and it will do so without the support of large horsemen’s associations, according to comments made during the organization’s Round Table Conference on Matters Pertaining to Racing on Sunday in Saratoga Springs.

    A succession of speakers to close out the conference focused on the legislation, which would appoint the United States Anti-Doping Association, a private, non-profit company, as the overseer of the sport’s medication and drug-testing policies. The speakers included Barbara Banke, the prominent horse owner and breeder; Shawn Smeallie, executive director of the Coalition for Horseracing Integrity, a group supported by the Jockey Club and founded to push for the adoption of the bill; and Stuart Janney III, the chairman of the Jockey Club.

  • View From The Eighth Pole: In Rojas Trial, HBPA Plays The Part Of Enabler
    Paulick Report


    It must be disheartening at times to be an honest Thoroughbred owner or trainer, especially one that happens to race in Pennsylvania.

    It's bad enough, as we learned last week in the federal trial of trainer Murray Rojas, that widespread and systematic cheating has been going on at Penn National racecourse in Grantville, Pa. for more than a decade.

    Making matters worse is the financial support provided to Rojas by the National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association through a legal defense fund the horsemen's organization established last year. The Pennsylvania HBPA, the representative horseman's organization at Penn National, also helped pay her legal fees.

    This adds insult to injury.

  • Letter to the Editor: Where's the Swamp?

    The flip side of all this is we do have a problem here. Being a racehorse trainer is a tough gig these days. Most of your employees are undocumented, you barely break even on the day money–that’s if you get paid on time–and the pressure to win is overwhelming. Trainers take an edge, often too much of one. In the Paulick Report Friday Show, Editor-in-Chief Scott Jagow glibly referred to “the cesspool of PA racing.” If Jagow or anyone else thinks this is just a PA problem, then I’ve got some nifty dockage in the Mojave to sell them. The trouble with the view from the eighth pole is the angle stinks. The Rojas trial testimony was just a window in to a national issue because in every track in the land the motto exists: “If you ain’t cheatin’, you ain’t tryin’.”


    The Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission July 26 approved a new regulation that will make racehorses that test positive for a prohibited substance ineligible to compete for a period of time.

    The regulation, which is expected to take effect Sept. 1, calls for such horses to be placed on the stewards’ list for Thoroughbred racing and the judges’ list for Standardbred racing. The PHRC, which falls under the state Department of Agriculture, at its monthly meeting approved the measure with little discussion.

    Horse Racing Business

    A trainer at Penn National Race Course testified under oath that 95 to 98 percent of the trainers at the racetrack used illegal drugs on their horses within 24 hours of races in which the animals ran.  The trainer said it was well known that laboratory testing was not done for the drugs.

    Assume that the trainer was testifying truthfully.  That means that virtually every trainer at Penn National Race Course was flagrantly violating rules and regulations.....

    Horse Racing Business

    Start with the working premise that most people are honest, depending, of course, on the rigidity of one’s concept of honesty.  Implicit in the premise is that if most people are honest some are not.

    Proof is readily available on a weekly and daily basis.  One hears and reads of insider-trading convictions, wealth managers defrauding their clients, lawyers making off with escrow money, doctors overbilling Medicare, school teachers cheating to elevate their students’ scores on standardized tests, world-class athletes using performance-enhancing drugs, accusations of footballs being deflated in the NFL, possible fixed matches at Wimbledon, pump-and-dump stock schemes, and so on ad infinitum.

  • Federal Legislation Still Best Route to True Uniformity
    The BloodHorse

    I found it more than a bit ironic that a slew of damaging headlines preceded and followed the May 25 announcement of the reintroduction of Reps. Barr and Tonko’s sponsored federal bill, the Horseracing Integrity Act of 2017.

    If anyone needed further convincing that the medication regulation system in the United States is broken beyond repair, the stories behind those headlines reiterated one message loudly and clearly: The status quo is unacceptable.

  • Op/Ed: Yes, the AAEP is Protecting the Horse

    The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP)’s recent decision to oppose the Horseracing Integrity Act of 2017 has been met with both support and criticism, depending on one’s perspective within the industry. As chair of the AAEP Racing Committee, I’d like to address why we believe our position best represents the health and welfare of the racehorse.

  • Racing vets oppose Barr's bill to ban equine anti-bleeder drug
    Lexington Herald Leader

    The veterinarians who treat racehorses are not backing U.S. Rep. Andy Barr’s bill to ban all race-day medications. 

    The American Association of Equine Practitioners on Tuesday released a statement opposing Barr’s “Horseracing Integrity Act,” which would place the regulation of horse racing’s drug rules under federal jurisdiction. The vets oppose it because it would include a ban on furosemide, known as Lasix or Salix.

    The group supports the uniformity of medication rules in U.S. horse racing but its current policy endorses the use of the anti-bleeder medication “to help mitigate the occurrence of exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhage in the racehorse,” according to the statement. “This policy is based on the overwhelming body of international scientific and clinical evidence.”


  • Barr strives to bring integrity, transparency to horse racing
    Ripon Advance News Service

    U.S. Rep. Andy Barr (R-KY) introduced legislation on Thursday to pave the way for the creation of a national uniform medication program that would govern various horse racing organizations.

    Currently, different medication policies and practices are used across dozens of horse racing jurisdictions in different states. In addition to eroding competition and public confidence in horseracing, inconsistent and contradictory rules have hampered interstate commerce under current rules. 

    The Horseracing Integrity Act, H.R. 2651, which Barr introduced with U.S. Rep. Paul Tonko (D-NY), would authorize the establishment and implementation of a national uniform medication program that would be developed with input from industry stakeholders.

  • U.S. Trotting Association: 'No Official Position' On Horse Racing Integrity Act
    Paulick Report

    The HRI has had firm support from The Jockey Club since it was first introduced. However, as Bill Finley points out in his column for Harness Racing Update, the United States Trotting Association “is not ready to commit one way or the other” on the legislation.

    “Since the proposed legislation was introduced just last week and there hasn't been an opportunity to convene the USTA Board or even its executive committee, we have no official position on the bill at this time,” Mike Tanner, the USTA's executive vice president said.

  • Barr, Tonko To Reintroduce Updated Horseracing Integrity Act
    Paulick Report

    “With growing momentum and support, the time has come for uniform medication rules in American horse racing,” said Congressman Barr.  “Uniform rules will ensure the integrity and competitiveness of American horse racing and lay the groundwork for the future success of this great American sport.  I am grateful for Congressman Tonko and our coalition for their work over the last two years to improve this legislation which has broadened our base of support and will help us to pass this bill into law.”

  • New Version of Federal Oversight Legislation Introduced

    The legislation, an updated version of the Thoroughbred Horseracing Integrity Act of 2015 that never came up for a federal vote, would establish an authority to create and implement a national uniform medication program with input from the horse industry.

    The authority would be governed by a board composed of the chief executive officer of the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), six individuals from the USADA board, and six individuals selected by USADA who have demonstrated expertise in a variety of horse racing areas.

  • Tonko pushes updated Horseracing Integrity Act
    Times Union

    Rep. Paul Tonko, D-Amsterdam, is again pushing federal legislation that would create a national uniform anti-doping program for the horse racing industry.....

    “A single, national approach to medication testing with strong independent oversight and enforcement is long overdue,” Tonko said in a statement. “This will help ensure the long-term viability of horseracing by bringing greater integrity to the sport and enhancing the care and welfare of the horses. Much is at stake here, especially in regions like ours with long historic ties to an industry that contributes $4 billion to the New York economy each year, much of it at and around the Saratoga Race Course.”

  • CHRI announces strong support for Horseracing Integrity Act of 2017

    The Coalition for Horse Racing Integrity (CHRI) today announced its strong support for the Horseracing Integrity Act of 2017, introduced by U.S. Reps. Andy Barr (R-KY) and Paul Tonko (D-NY) earlier today.

    The bill, designated H.R. 2651, would require that a uniform, anti-doping and medication control program be developed and enforced by a private, non-profit, self-regulatory organization known as the Horseracing Anti-Doping and Medication Control Authority.


  • Barr-Tonko bill gets overhaul
    Daily Racing Form

    A bill that would create a federal authority responsible for racing’s drug and medication policies and their enforcement has been amended to include an explicit ban on the administration of any medication within 24 hours of a race, a provision that likely will perpetuate opposition from major U.S. horsemen’s organizations.

  • No race-day meds, more feds in horse racing under new bill backed by Barr
    Lexington Herald Leader

    “With growing momentum and support, the time has come for uniform medication rules in American horse racing,” Barr said. “Uniform rules will ensure the integrity and competitiveness of American horse racing and lay the groundwork for the future success of this great American sport.”


  • Ahead of Kentucky Derby, Udall Demands an End to Doping of Race Horses
    Udall Press Release

    WASHINGTON – Ahead of Saturday’s Kentucky Derby, U.S. Senator Tom Udall released the following statement reiterating his persistent calls for the horse racing industry to end its widespread abuse of performance-enhancing drugs and painkillers used on horses. Udall called for reform or the repeal of the federal law that makes horse racing the only sport specially permitted to offer online gambling and interstate betting:

  • Coalition for Horse Racing Integrity Welcomes The Stronach Group's Support of Impending Bill
    CHRI Press Release

    The Coalition for Horse Racing Integrity (CHRI) applauds the decision of Frank Stronach, the founder and honorary chairman of The Stronach Group, to strongly support the Horseracing Integrity Act, legislation that will create a uniform, nationwide, conflict-free drug testing enforcement program for horse racing. 

  • ARCI's Martin: Let USADA Bid To Do Equine Drug Testing
    Paulick Report

    Ed Martin, president of the Association of Racing Commissioners International, closed out the racing regulators' equine welfare and integrity conference Thursday by urging his member organizations to extend an invitation to the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency to bid on their equine drug-testing contracts.

    USADA is the national anti-doping organization in the United States for Olympic, Paralympic and Pan-American sport. Some prominent people in horse racing believe USADA has a contribution to make in regards to drug testing.

  • How would U.S. racing work in a brave new drug-restricted world?
    Thoroughbred Racing Commentary

    Arguably the most significant changes look like this:

    • Elimination of furosemide on race-days and in training (as in Hong Kong),

    • No anabolic steroid use both in and out of competition,

    • Tighter restrictions surrounding corticosteroid joint injections (I get into the particulars further down)

    • Elimination of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs in racing.

    This is, of course, a hypothetical reality. The legislative, bureaucratic, financial, logistical and political hoops that would need to be jumped through to reach such a point are, to say the least, considerable.

    But, with no inconsiderable weight behind the call for uniform medication rules, and with the likes of the Water Hay Oats Alliance pushing to eliminate the use of performance-enhancing drugs in horse racing, this idea alone raises all sorts of questions, including a vital one:

    How would the tightened medication regulations outlined above affect the way U.S. racehorses are trained, raced and managed?

  • Recap of Friday's medication panel at the National HBPA Convention
    Horse Racing Nation

    Dr. Andy Roberts, a long-time racetrack veterinarian in Kentucky, believes testing horses for illegal drugs outside of a race can be an important step in getting rule-breakers out of the game. However, he does not want to see horsemen asked for a muscle biopsy, hoof trimming or even a semen sample from a young colt in training.......



  • Pennsylvania: The FBI Agent And The Trainer
    Paulick Report

    Bruce Doupe is a special agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation who has spent the last five of his 13 years at the FBI's Harrisburg, Pa., office investigating what he calls ”allegations of criminal wrongdoing in the conduct of Thoroughbred racing at Penn National Race Course.”

  • 'Beaten Down By The PR Machine': Bramlage On The Best Prescription For Racing
    Paulick Report

    Firstly, Bramlage said the sport needs to eliminate race-day furosemide – not because it doesn't work or he has serious concerns about its use but because the ship has sailed on convincing the public it is safe and necessary ...
    Secondly, Bramlage encouraged attendees to support the Barr-Tonko bill creating uniform oversight for the sport ...
    Lastly, Bramlage said veterinarians and the racing industry need to get better at communicating with the public about improvements in welfare policy ...


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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    “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

    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. 

  • What we know about cobalt - and, worryingly, what we don't
    Daniel Ross, Thoroughbred Racing Commentary

    One reason for the enduring interest in cobalt lies in the public’s voracious appetite for drug, and drug-related, storylines – especially in horseracing. Another reason, however, belongs to a dearth of empirical data into exactly what effect cobalt has on the physiology of a racehorse, and why.

    A number of studies launched in the wake of the scandal have taught us much. But can cobalt make horses run faster? 

    Known since the middle of last century, cobalt does stimulate the production of Erythropoietin (EPO) in mammals. But, as a paper recently published in the Veterinary Journal, points out: “Currently there is no evidence to suggest that cobalt chloride can enhance human or equine performance.”


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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    “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

    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

    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

    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

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

  • HBPA Convention Rolls On

    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

    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

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

  • Beshear: Challenges Remain for Horse Industry

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

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

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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    “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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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'

    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?

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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?

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    Article missed the mark on horses, drugs and abuse. 

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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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.”

  • Former NYRA Chairman Barry Schwartz, Wife Sheryl, Join Water Hay Oats Alliance
    Paulick Report

    “Sheryl and I would like very much to join WHOA. We have been in racing for more than 40 years now and never in that time has the need been greater for a regulatory bill to be put into effect. The general public is as skeptical as ever about drugs being used in racing and in many cases they are correct.

    “When I was Chairman of New York Racing Association (NYRA), I tried very hard to take back the penalty phase of dealing with violators. I was continually rebuffed by the state legislators. I believe if violations and penalties come under federal jurisdiction, we will take a major step in driving that element out of our industry. This is too great a game to be tarnished by a few bad apples.”

  • Gorajec: Rules Enforcement, Public Disclosure Lacking In Pennsylvania Betamethasone Cases
    Paulick Report

    A series of betamethasone tests from 2016 raise questions about drug rules enforcement in Pennsylvania — that's one of the takeaways from the latest commentary by former Indiana Horse Racing Commission executive director Joe Gorajec.

    Gorajec outlined three positives for the corticosteroid which resulted from races in 2016; the first two were between 10 and 100 picograms. A third test in the same range, from the top Standardbred trainer in the country, resulted in no violations or suspensions and soon after, the positives from the first two tests were rescinded.

  • Australian Racing Executive Amanda Elliott: 'What Is The U.S. Missing?' On Medication Policy
    Paulick Report

    Upon the eve of the internationally acclaimed Melbourne Cup Carnival, Mrs Elliott shared the following statement with the Water Hay Oats Alliance:

    “When I visited Kentucky for the first time in May this year, I was absolutely amazed at the fact that there was debate and resistance to supporting the Horseracing Integrity Act to ban race day medications.

    “There is no world-class sport anywhere that allows doping or performance enhancing drugs – it is absolutely fundamental.

    “What is the U.S. missing, that the rest of the world has fully understood for quite some time?

    “This world stage of racing with uniform international standards should have America at the forefront, not isolated at a time when global relevance is so important....."

  • Global Racing Leaders Weigh In On Drug Rules, Integrity Of Competition
    Paulick Report

    Delegates who attended the 52nd International Conference of Horseracing Authorities in Paris, France, Oct. 8 heard presentations relating to the health, welfare, and safety of jockeys, the harmonization of rules, and the stimulation of betting handle.

    In the days leading up to the conference, several of them took the opportunity to share their respective thoughts on Article 6 of the IFHA International Agreement on Breeding, Racing and Wagering.

  • The Horseracing Integrity Act Would Provide Racing with a More Independent and Experienced Governing Body
    Horseracing Reform

    Those who back the status quo are critical of the legislation on the grounds that the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) lacks the necessary experience to participate in the regulation of medication in horse racing. Maybe they haven’t read the legislation, because under the HIA, all levels of regulating anti-doping would be filled from among the most qualified individuals in the racing industry.

    Simply stated, the HIA will have greater experience than any individual state racing commission, and without the baggage of conflicts of interest that now permeate the regulation of the sport in several jurisdictions.

  • Bringing True Independence to Racing's Anti-Doping Program
    Horseracing Reform

    Those of you who watched or read press accounts of the hearing on the Horseracing Integrity Act (HIA) on June 22, 2018, in Washington, D.C., know that the top three topics discussed were Lasix, Lasix, and Lasix. Lost in the fog of Lasix was a promise of the legislation to bring true independence to the regulation of all aspects of an anti-doping program.

    An argument was made in prefiled testimony by Association of Racing Commissioners International (RCI) President Ed Martin. This testimony is worth reviewing because it articulates a position that has been embraced by many of those who are championing the status quo.

  • Uniformity In Penalties And Drug Thresholds? RCI And Pennsylvania Regulators Have Some Explaining To Do
    by Joe Gorajec, Paulick Report

    To: Ed Martin, president of the Association of Racing Commissioners International (RCI):

    I read with great interest your testimony before Congress last month in the hearing regarding the Horseracing Integrity Act of 2017. In your remarks, you defended our current system of medication regulation in the United States and stated there is “total uniformity in the use of progressive penalties and substantial uniformity in adoption of testing thresholds for 30 appropriate medications deemed normal and appropriate for equine care.”

    You also stated, “horseracing does as good a job or as bad a job as the Olympics or any other sport.”

    Given your faith in the effectiveness of our model and your standing as the president of RCI, I would like you to review the following series of cases in Pennsylvania. Please let me know if the actions taken (or not taken) in these cases constitute the high praise that you believe our regulatory system deserves.

  • American Thoroughbred Racing, A Lone Wolf
    by Arthur Hancock, Paulick Report

    The pillars of commerce have always of necessity rested on integrity coupled with government oversight. Without honesty in dealing, commerce will begin to falter. Horseracing is not exempt from this principle. Today America stands alone at a crossroads in Thoroughbred racing and it must decide if it will choose to restore its image and integrity by legislatively banning the indiscriminate use of performance-enhancing drugs, including Lasix.

    Any such effort will require federal assistance. There is now a bill before Congress that will give the racing industry the respect it deserves by enabling racing to achieve national uniformity for drug and medication rules. This bill is called the Horseracing Integrity Act.


  • Class 1 Drug Found In Pennsylvania Stakes Race - No Action Taken
    by Joe Gorajec, Paulick Report

    This is a story of a positive test for a Class 1 drug that was lost for eight months, then ignored for a year, only to resurface now.

    Here's the short version.

    On September 11, 2016, a field of eight Standardbreds competed in the $252,000 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Championship at Harrah's Philadelphia in Chester, Pa.

    Ten days later, the Pennsylvania Equine Toxicology and Research Laboratory (PETRL), the official racing laboratory, issued a report to Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission (PHRC) headquarters in Harrisburg with a finding of oxycodone in the blood and urine of a horse that won part of the purse money.

    What happens next is – nothing......

  • Hall of Fame Trainer Nick Zito Joins WHOA

    On April 25, Travis Tygart, the CEO of the United States Anti-Doping Agency, was invited by the Coalition of Horse Racing Integrity to Keeneland in Lexington, to speak to a group of trainers interested in learning about USADA and its prospective involvement with anti-doping efforts in Thoroughbred racing.

    During the meeting, there was an open exchange of questions and answers centered around the Horseracing Integrity Act. Some of the trainers in attendance were members of the Water Hay Oats Alliance, some were not.  All of them were there to gain a better understanding of the proposed legislation and learn more about the ways it would affect their respective stables and their sport.

    Among those in attendance was Hall of Fame trainer Nick Zito.....

  • Horsewoman, Broadcast Pioneer Charlsie Cantey Joins Water Hay Oats Alliance
    Paulick Report

    Charlsie Cantey has been actively involved in several aspects of Thoroughbred racing for more than 35 years and is best known as a racing personality for her on-air television commentary, including the Triple Crown and the Breeders' Cup.

    She has a valuable perspective on the sport by virtue of that wide-ranging experience, having seen our sport over the years from a variety of perspectives.

    In a statement to WHOA, she said:

    “My career in Thoroughbred racing began in 1968, the year Dancer's Image was disqualified in the Kentucky Derby for Butazolidin. After four decades of breaking yearlings, galloping horses, training a small string and covering national racing broadcasts from coast-to-coast, I retired in 2005 from active involvement in an industry, by then governed by a patchwork of permissive medication rules I no longer recognized.

    “Today, I feel that it is imperative that the U.S. cease race-day medication and that we do so now; hence I fully support WHOA's efforts. Our decades of dangerously loose regulations are inexplicable to the rest of the world, and totally unforgivable for the safety of our horses.”

  • Tracy and Carol Farmer Join WHOA

    Thoroughbred industry leader Tracy W. Farmer and his wife Carol have joined the Water Hay Oats Alliance.

    A member of the Jockey Club and former member and trustee of the Breeders' Cup Board of Directors, Tracy Farmer has long been active in the reform movement as a regulator serving as Vice Chairman of the Kentucky Racing Commission and head of its special committee on drug regulation and enforcement.

    "After many years as breeders and owners and now after my service on the commission, Carol and I are convinced that nothing short of strong, centralized and diversified leadership, made possible by federal law, will enable racing to survive and prosper as a sport and a business," Farmer said in announcing his support of the grassroots reform movement.

    "Our lack of consistent rules, and erratic enforcement of existing ones, has soiled our public image with fans and bettors and turned a beautiful and exciting endeavor into an endangered species.  The leaders of WHOA have done a marvelous job over the last 10 years uniting the industry to focus on our greatest weaknesses.  Now that we are out of regulating and back into racing, we are pleased to add our support to this cause.  WHOA is horseracing's most powerful supporter of uniform regulations and drug free racing."


  • Bid to ban race-day doping divides horse-rich Kentucky

    The three races showcasing the nation's best 3-year-old thoroughbreds are the crown jewels of the racing industry. A push to bar race-day doping has the backing of the owners of Baltimore's Pimlico Race Course, which hosts the Preakness May 19, and New York's Belmont Park, where the Belmont Stakes will be run June 9.

    But Kentucky's Churchill Downs, which holds the first leg of the race, the Run for the Roses, on May 5, is withholding support. So is most of the state's congressional delegation, though one of the state’s own, Rep. Andy Barr, has twice introduced the legislation.

    Barr, a Kentucky Republican, and his Democratic co-sponsor, Rep. Paul Tonko of New York, who together co-chair the Congressional Horse Caucus, have more than 100 co-sponsors for the legislation.

    Read more here: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/nation-world/national/article208060164.html#storylink=cpy


  • WHOA's Gorajec: Why every day is Groundhog Day in U.S. racing's rulemaking process

    You remember the movie ‘Groundhog Day’? Of course, you do! The one where Bill Murray is stuck in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. He is living the same day over and over and over again. Every morning he wakes up, desperate to leave Punxsutawney.

    For every newly proposed model rule, U.S. racing experiences its own Groundhog Day. We wake up each morning only to confront the same ineffective rulemaking process over and over again, in 30+ different states........

  • WHOA's Irwin Op/Ed: What's It Gonna Be: Big Tent or Elite Circuit?

    Legislation to install USADA to oversee drug policy and enforcement in American racing very well may come to a head by year’s end.

    If a bill can be enacted into law, the entire sport has a wonderful opportunity to succeed. If not, the game as we have come to know it will likely split into two distinct factions.

    Consequently, all of us involved in every aspect of our mini-world of racing and breeding must answer the key question: Do we want a big tent or an elite circuit going forward?

  • Dr. Gary Lavin Joins Water Hay Oats Alliance

    "After years of indecision, I have joined WHOA. The recent affairs of Rusty Arnold, Graham Motion, and earlier, Bill Mott, are the straws that have broken this camel's back.

    "All major league sports have a governing body responsible for oversight, administration, and enforcement. Not horse racing...we have 38 separate bodies (states) that have the same responsibilities, creating nothing short of chaos. When was common sense abandoned? Would anyone think that those three trainers would purposefully violate the rules? Something is needed to unite this industry or we will surely see it go the way of boxing, bull fighting, and dog racing."

  • Standardbred Hall of Famer Jimmy Takter Joins WHOA

    "In order for horse racing to thrive, we need uniform rules/laws and uniform enforcement of these rules/laws in The United States. The Horseracing Integrity Act can give us that.

    I am very proud to be joining the efforts of WHOA.”

  • "WHOA," WHOA
    Horse Racing Business

    ....Whatever the reasons, the important point is that there is a glaring division within the North American racing enterprise pertaining to medication policy and regulation.  One or more provisions of the Horseracing Integrity Act is deeply troubling to virtually every leading trainer.

    It is unlikely that the U. S. Congress can be persuaded to enact a bill into law when the industry sponsoring the legislation does not present a united front.  The absence of the names of 98% of North America’s foremost trainers on a document supporting the bill is an overwhelming negative.....

  • Hovdey: Lasix issue keeps WHOA from moving ahead

    The opening salvo of the recent letter crafted by the Water Hay Oats Alliance and signed by 64 trainers read like this:

    “As trainers of horses we love, in a sport to which we have devoted our lives, we have taken a stand for clean racing by joining the Water Hay Oats Alliance.”

    Hard to quibble with the sentiment. The alliance, better known as WHOA, has been working toward passage of federal legislation called the Horse Racing Integrity Act which would, among other things, ban all race-day medications and place racehorse drug testing under the jurisdiction of the United States Anti-Doping Agency.

    The letter, released last week, was intended as a show of growing commitment to the WHOA movement, as well as an attempt to prime the pump for more trainers to join the alliance. Owner and breeder Staci Hancock, speaking for WHOA, said that in the wake of the letter at least a half-dozen trainers have been added to the voices advocating for the legislation.

    “The membership of WHOA is across the board, for anyone who has a stake in the game,” Hancock said. “But with some 75 trainers in the membership, we thought there was a critical mass to give them a chance to make a statement of support.”

  • Letter to the Editor: Arthur Hancock


    It is quite a wonderful feeling to watch the Winter Olympics, confident that every athlete in every event is competing without cheating. It is indeed moving and inspirational watching the win, place, and show recipients proudly and happily receive their medals, knowing that each Olympian competed without the use of performance-enhancing drugs. 

    We all owe a debt of gratitude to the governing body of the United States Olympic Committee for placing the rules, testing standards, and oversight in the capable hands of Travis Tygart and the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) to guarantee compliance. Would that the horse racing industry possessed such vision, integrity, and courage.

  • Craig Bandoroff Op/Ed: The Tipping Point?

    Perhaps you are familiar with Malcolm Gladwell and his writings. They are pretty complicated and certainly not light reading. One of his most interesting books is The Tipping Point. Gladwell contends that there can be an event that results in action taken or behavior changed that is extraordinary and unexpected. To describe it in his words:

    “The tipping point is that magic moment when an idea, trend, or social behavior crosses a threshold, tips, and spreads like wildfire.”

    “If you want to bring a fundamental change in people’s belief and behavior…you need to create a community around them, where those new beliefs can be practiced and expressed and nurtured.”

    “There are exceptional people out there who are capable of starting epidemics. All you have to do is find them.”

    I’d love to think Rusty’s situation could be our Tipping Point.

  • Hovdey: Motion gets in rhythm with WHOA movement

    The movement toward passage of the ambitiously named Horse Racing Integrity Act picked up a gust of steam this week with the announcement by trainer Graham Motion, trainer of Derby winner Animal Kingdom and champion Main Sequence, that he was signing on as a supporter of the Water Hay Oats Alliance.

    Better known as WHOA, the organization has been working hand in glove with the Coalition for Horse Racing Integrity in its two-pronged effort to gain support for the legislation in both the U.S. Congress and the Thoroughbred racing industry at large.

    The federal act would enable the industry to bring all racing jurisdictions under a uniform set of rules, testing, and penalties for the use of illegal substances in racehorses as well as standards for the administration of allowed medications, with procedures established by a Horse Racing Anti-Doping and Medication Control Authority. The authority, designed as a non-profit corporation, would be made up of board members of the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), a private entity, and racing industry representatives selected by the USADA board.

  • Trainer Graham Motion Joins WHOA for a Cause

    There were numerous times over the last few years when trainer Graham Motion considered joining the Water Hay Oats Alliance.

    Motion, who saddled Animal Kingdom to victory in the 2011 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1), found much to like in the grassroots organization's mission, which advocates on behalf of the Horseracing Integrity Act of 2017 and backs the federal law that would create national standards for medications through the United States Anti-Doping Agency.

    Yet he remained on the sidelines, even after his own legal battle over a finding of Methocarbamol in one of his horses that was ultimately overturned last August by a Kentucky court.



  • Graham Motion Joins Water Hay Oats Alliance
    The Horse

    Kentucky Derby winning Thoroughbred trainer H. Graham Motion has joined the Water Hay Oats Alliance (WHOA), the latest member in a growing list of trainers who support efforts for passage of The Horseracing Integrity Act.

    To date, WHOA's roster includes 65 trainers, including Hall of Famers Roger Attfield, Janet Elliot, Michael Dickinson, Neil Drysdale, and Jonathan Sheppard, as well as leading international trainers Ian Balding, John Gosden, Alec Head, Criquette Head-Maarek, and Gai Waterhouse.

  • Hovdey: Motion gets in rhythm with WHOA movement

    The movement toward passage of the ambitiously named Horse Racing Integrity Act picked up a gust of steam this week with the announcement by trainer Graham Motion, trainer of Derby winner Animal Kingdom and champion Main Sequence, that he was signing on as a supporter of the Water Hay Oats Alliance.

    Better known as WHOA, the organization has been working hand in glove with the Coalition for Horse Racing Integrity in its two-pronged effort to gain support for the legislation in both the U.S. Congress and the Thoroughbred racing industry at large.

  • The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of U.S. regulation in 2017 by Joe Gorajec
    Thoroughbred Racing Commentary

    It’s that time of year - to look back on the last 12 months, on the substantial progress and the serious missteps - the Good, the Bad and the Ugly - of the U.S. regulatory world. 

  • Farishes Join Water Hay Oats Alliance, Support Horseracing Integrity Act Of 2017
    Paulick Report

    Will and Bill Farish of the famed Lane's End Farm in Versailles, Ky., have joined the Water Hay Oats Alliance (WHOA) as supporting members.  The father and son shared their perspective in the following statement:

    “We are joining WHOA to hopefully add some momentum to the effort in Washington to pass legislation that would mandate uniform testing for all racing jurisdictions in the United States.

    “It should be obvious to all that true uniform testing and doping control will never come about in our country unless it is federally mandated.  Those who stand in the way of the Horseracing Integrity Act of 2017 are becoming increasingly isolated and their opposition to the bill harder to justify.

    “We would like to ask all owners and breeders to encourage your representatives in Washington to support this important effort and  once and for all, to achieve true uniform testing standards for our sport.” – Will and Bill Farish, Lane's End Farm.

  • The Horseracing Integrity Act has the Support of 100 Members of Congress and Growing
    Press Release

    Washington, D.C. – H.R. 2651, the Horseracing Integrity Act of 2017, introduced by Congressman Andy Barr (R-KY) and Congressman Paul Tonko (D-NY) now has the support of 100 members of the House of Representatives. In addition to Congressmen Barr and Tonko who co-chair the Congressional Horse Caucus, the bill has been co-sponsored by 98 other members representing both political parties and districts across the country. 

  • Why Horse Racing Wins With a Gold-Standard Anti-Doping Program: Travis Tygart

    As the organization charged with administering testing, results management and education for U.S. Olympic sports, USADA was formed as a non-profit, non-governmental body in 2000 to stand for the rights of clean athletes. Over a 17-year history since our founding, our programs have brought uniformity and independence to a sporting landscape that previously fostered distrust among athletes, lacking both structure and integrity.

    Today, our programs, which now include developing and administering the Anti-Doping Policy for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), the leading professional mixed martial arts sport around the globe, have revolutionized the reputation of anti-doping efforts worldwide.

    We work tirelessly to push for justice and reform wherever, and whenever, we are called, in order to preserve the integrity of sport. Policing and promoting sport are two functions that must have clear lines of independence.

  • Q & A on Horse Racing Integrity Act 2017
    Horseracing Insider

    WHOA has raised the bar and encouraged industry groups to take a stand against the status quo. WHOA has given members a platform to share their common belief in clean sport and drug-free racing. WHOA has given members a voice by standing together for the common good.
    If WHOA can continue to push the boundaries, raise awareness and demand that U.S. racing eventually joins other international horseracing jurisdictions and IFHA rules of racing, our grassroots efforts will have paid off. 
    Horse racing will always be with us. But it will never be as popular or widespread as in the past, like many other forms of entertainment and gambling. Racing has encountered a number of things that have diminished its footprint.

  • Letters to the Editor: James Delahooke


    I have resisted previous temptations to ally myself with WHOA (the Water, Hay, Oats Alliance) on the basis that, as a Brit, I have no business pontificating about U.S. drug policies.

    Two recent events have decided me to strap on my guns and head into town to join the battle.

  • Letters to the Editor: Barry Irwin

    Regarding T. D. Thornton’s Op-Ed Sept. 19: in a sport that sees weekly (if not daily) flaunting of current rules in which arrogant trainers appear to be using the known illegal drug EPO to gain an edge, I for one find it nothing short of comical that we are all up in arms over this silly video that served only to highlight the type of arrogance on display at America’s major racing venues.

    If those who play our game really gave a hoot, they would get deadly serious about cleaning it up, instead of paying lip service to the notion of clean sport and getting their knickers in a wad over this little sideshow. If cheaters are using EPO as many suspect, the best and perhaps only way to catch them is to have cops or surveillance. Hong Kong is able to thwart cheaters because they are on lockdown. Lockdown upset too many horsemen so it was abandoned in New York.

  • Commentary: In Wake Of Rojas Case, Racing Should Follow Lead Of USOC
    Paulick Report

    For anyone who might have missed it, Rojas, 51, of Grantville, Pennsylvania, was convicted last week by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania of 14 felony counts of misbranding prescription drugs on race day and conspiracy......For supporters of uniform and independent anti-doping testing, this is yet another sad confirmation of all that we have been contending for several years. Lax control at the state racing commission level, the ability for trainers and equine practitioners to flaunt and game the system for years on end without penalty or at least meaningful punishment, and the blind eye turned by regulatory officials, veterinarians, track owners and horsemen's associations all made this episode inevitable.

  • Beck: Is AAEP Protecting Horses ... Or Its Own Interests?
    Paulick Report

    Various members of the Coalition for Horse Racing Integrity, the group of industry organizations promoting passage of federal legislation that would bring uniform standards to our sport under the direction of the United States Anti-Doping Agency, have spent a good deal of time with representatives of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) over the course of the past year, listening to their concerns and sharing insights about the revised legislation.

    So it was disappointing to see, on June 6, the AAEP Racing Committee stating its opposition to the legislation.

    The new bill includes a ban on the race-day medication furosemide (Lasix), and the AAEP's current policy on race-day medication administration endorses the use of furosemide to help mitigate the occurrence of exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhage in the racehorse.

  • Gorajec: What you need to know about the landmark Horse Racing Integrity Act
    Thoroughbred Racing Commentary

    Ask a horse owner or trainer in the United States about racing’s anti-doping program and you’re likely to receive a quizzical look or a blank stare. That’s because ‘anti-doping’ is not a term most of us associate with horse racing.

    If you get any response at all, it’s likely to be, “We have a drug-testing program.” And indeed, racing does have such a program.

    Protecting the integrity of the sport, however, involves much more than just drug testing.

  • Longtime Owner-Breeder Brady Joins WHOA
    The BloodHorse

    In joining the Water Hay Oats Alliance, former U.S. Senator and active Thoroughbred owner and breeder Nicholas F. Brady called on the industry to come together.

    For Brady, the message was a familiar one.

    "It is becoming increasingly obvious that we are at war on the issue of medication, ... at war among ourselves. We will lose that war by default if every organization in racing continues to forge its own consensus on medication. The time has come for us to end our internal disputes and come together to find an equitable solution to this program. I recognize that it is a complicated program and that feelings are strong and polarized. But if our industry wants to control its own destiny, ... we must develop support for an industry-wide medication policy and then take effective actions to restore public confidence in racing."
    "I said this 37 years ago and it is even more important today," Brady noted.

  • Former U.S. Senator, Treasury Secretary Nicholas F. Brady Joins WHOA
    Paulick Report

    Nicholas F. Brady, who served as a United States Senator from New Jersey and later as the Secretary of Treasury (1988-1993), has also been a prominent and active Thoroughbred owner and breeder for more than five decades.

    Mr. Brady became a member of The Jockey Club in 1966 and has been one ever since, with the exception of the time he was serving as Secretary of Treasury. He has also served as a steward of the breed registry (1972-1982), as vice chairman (1972-1974) and as chairman (1974-1982).

    Mr. Brady has bred and raced horses with his brother, James Cox Brady, Jr. and his two sisters, Mrs. Reuben Richards and Mrs. Eliot Stewart, in the name of Mill House. Among their graded stakes winners have been America Alive, Brilliant, Hour Glass and, most recently, Trappe Shot. He continues to race today in the U.S. and Ireland in partnership with his daughter, Kim Brady Cutler.

  • Stronach Group Supports Bill to Bring in USADA
    The BloodHorse

    With a pair of United States Congressmen planning to formally reintroduce legislation that would aim for uniform medication standards in horse racing by giving the United States Anti-Doping Agency oversight of equine drug polices in the sport, powerful racetrack owners The Stronach Group has announced it will support the legislation.

  • Frank Stronach Endorses Horse Racing Integrity Act
    The Stronach Group Press Release

    I, Frank Stronach, Founder and Honorary Chairman of The Stronach Group, am pleased to support the Horse Racing Integrity Act, sponsored by Congressman Andy Barr and Congressman Paul Tonko.

    Under the legislation, USADA should work together with state regulators and members of the horse racing industry to achieve the highest integrity at a reasonable cost.

    No race day medication is a giant step forward. I believe, in the long run, no race day medication is better for the horses and for the industry. I feel the horse racing industry has an obligation to the horses and to the public to see horses run without medication to ensure the health and safety of both the horses and the jockeys......... 

  • 'A Great Step Forward': Stronach Throws His Support Behind Horseracing Integrity Act
    Paulick Report

    On Tuesday, Congressman Andy Barr (R-KY) announced the support of Frank Stronach for the Horseracing Integrity Act. Congressman Barr plans to reintroduce the legislation, to create uniform medication standards across the 38 different racing jurisdictions in the United States.

  • Stronach Supports Horseracing Integrity Act

    Frank Stronach, the founder and honorary chairman of The Stronach Group, announced his support for the Horseracing Integrity Act, legislation that will create a uniform, nationwide, conflict-free drug testing enforcement program for horse racing, late Tuesday evening.

  • A Great Day for Racing
    WHOA Press Release

    Frank Stronach has been a staunch supporter of WHOA since 2013. His position against race day medication is legendary.

    Yesterday in a meeting held in Lexington, Kentucky with Congressman Andy Barr, Travis Tygart of USADA, and members of WHOA and the Coalition for Horseracing Integrity (CHRI), he added the formidable weight of the Stronach Group to our efforts in support of the Horseracing Integrity Act, which will be reintroduced in the coming days.


  • Op/Ed Feedback: Gary Biszantz

    I don’t blame medication as the only cause, but the results are unacceptable for the average owner. Old timers like Cot Campbell and I saw the years when horses ran, trained, and gave the owner a chance.

    Hopefully, the new medication standards suggested by the majority of industry stock holders will help change the presumption that horses need five or six weeks between races!

  • Op/Ed: Runners Rarely Run by Cot Campbell

    Our sport and industry has its bright spots. And certainly there are areas of great concern, and there will continue to be, as long as there is no central point of governance. The public perception regarding the use of drugs is one gigantic concern, of course. 

  • Gorajec Commentary - Out-of-competition testing: after a decade of neglect, what's next?
    Thoroughbred Racing Commentary

    Excuse me for being skeptical. I assume you are, too. I am referring to the new model rule on out-of-competition testing. It was adopted by the Association of Racing Commissioners International (RCI) at its December 2016 Board of Directors meeting in Tucson. This has been tried once before, and it did not go very well.

  • Racing's integrity? Some officials just don't give a damn
    Thoroughbred Racing Commentary

    Although fans and horsemen can take issue with the length of the suspension, the true mockery of the sport is that Mr. Ness’s wife, Mandy, has been allowed to serve as trainer for her husband at Tampa Bay Downs while he is under suspension. To add insult to this mockery, the horses that Mr. Ness had been racing at Laurel Race Course in Maryland have been transferred to his assistant, Cory Jensen, for the period of his 100-day suspension.

  • Is the RCI's new integrity compliance panel just another gimmick?
    Thoroughbred Racing Commentary

    Last month the Association of Racing Commissioners International (RCI), the trade association for racing regulators in North America and the Caribbean, announced the formation of an Integrity Compliance Committee.

    The announcement came amid survey results of patrons and industry participants that indicate an extremely negative perception of the integrity of horse racing in the United States.

    The results from a Daily Racing Form survey published in October 2015 should be an industry-wide call to action. When asked, “Do you believe states are currently effectively catching trainers or veterinarians who are using illicit drugs,” 78 percent said No......

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

    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

    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

    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

    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.”

    Horse Racing Business

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    “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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    ... 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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    “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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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?

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    "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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

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

  • Arthur Hancock: TDN Letters/ Feedback

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

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

  • Federal Bill Expected for Drug Regulation

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

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

  • Gregory Ferraro, DVM: TDN Op/Ed

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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.

    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

    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

    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

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

  • WHOA Lament

    The founding ideas of the Water Hay Oats Alliance.

  • Stronach Supports Horseracing Integrity Act

    Frank Stronach, the founder and honorary chairman of The Stronach Group, announced his support for the Horseracing Integrity Act, legislation that will create a uniform, nationwide, conflict-free drug testing enforcement program for horse racing, late Tuesday evening.