Beginning November 23 and ending November 30, the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC), an industry 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, will auction off halters of famous broodmares, racing and stallion stars on its eBay page. All proceeds from the auction will go toward the RMTC’s grant program to fund critical tactical research into the detection and identification of […]
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The first of three Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) tactical research studies conducted over the last year was published on October 16. Tactical research studies focus on detecting, identifying and inhibiting the use of illicit substances. The study, “L-and D-threo Ethylphenidate Concentrations, Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics in Horses,” was funded with significant assistance from the […]
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The Horseracing Testing Laboratory Committee of the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) voted this week to fully accredit the University of Florida Racing Laboratory (UFRL) pursuant to the RMTC Laboratory Accreditation Program. The laboratory, which performs testing of horse racing samples for the Florida Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering, is the tenth to become accredited […]
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The Racing Medication and Testing Consortium issued the following advisory: Recently, there have been several positive findings for low level detections of the anabolic steroids trenbolone and trendione in Australia. Trenbolone is considered an androgenic anabolic steroid (AAS) with several formulations having FDA approval for use in cattle. Trendione is a metabolite of trenbolone and an […]
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LGC Sport Science will discontinue its animal drug testing program in North America later this year. The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, which currently contracts with LGC for its equine drug testing, received word of the discontinuation Monday afternoon. LGC representatives told the commission the company will continue to provide testing services through the end of […]
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In his latest opinion piece in Thoroughbred Racing Commentary, longtime racing regulator Joe Gorajec compares horse racing’s effort to adopt national rules to the Bill Murray character in the movie “Groundhog Day.” Specifically looking at out-of-competition testing, Gorajec writes that in December 2016 the Association of Racing Commissioners International passed model rules recommended by the […]
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It has been a tough couple of years for racing commissioners in Kentucky. Besides the recent last-minute rescinding of ractopamine positives against trainers Rusty Arnold and Joe Sharp, there was last year’s void of three violations for dextrorphan. Then there’s the ongoing methocarbamol case the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission faces with Graham Motion, who like […]
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The RMTC board granted Interim Accreditation to the University of Florida Racing Laboratory (UFRL) at its February 13 meeting at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, FL. The Florida laboratory is poised to become the 10th racing testing laboratory to receive full RMTC Laboratory Accreditation. UFRL performs testing of Thoroughbred, Quarter Horse and Standardbred samples for […]
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he National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) Safety & Integrity Alliance and the Racing Medication Testing Consortium (RMTC) today announced a new two-day continuing education conference for regulatory and official racetrack veterinarians. The inaugural Regulatory/Official Veterinary CE – set for June 25-26 at Keeneland, preceding the Grayson-Jockey Club Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit (WSS) […]
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Trainer Kevin Patterson has appealed a 15-day suspension and $500 fine he received after Blu Moon Ace, runner-up in the Grade 3 Frank J. DeFrancis Memorial Dash at Laurel Park on Sept. 16, tested above threshold limits for cobalt, a substance that some believe has blood-doping performance enhancing effects similar to erythropoietin (EPO). Patterson also […]
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