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Maryland Jockey Club Donates Toro Mower to Benefit Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance

The Maryland Jockey Club has graciously donated a Toro Commercial Zero-Turn Mower to be raffled off on Black-Eyed Susan Day, Friday, May 17, with all proceeds to benefit the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance. The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit which accredits, inspects and awards grants to approved aftercare organizations to retrain, retire and rehome [...]


Official Testing Results Show Substantial Rule Compliance in Racing, Claims Of Rampant Pain Masking Not Substantiated

The 2018 Anti-Doping and Drug Testing Program conducted by U.S. racing regulatory bodies found continued substantial compliance with racing’s medication and anti-doping rules and little support for claims that the use of drugs to mask pain when horses race is rampant. As it does each year, the Association of Racing Commissioners International (ARCI) released a [...]


Statement from Kentucky HBPA on Proposed Partial-ban of Race-day Lasix

(press release from the Kentucky HBPA) The Kentucky Horsemen’s Benevolent & Protective Association (KHBPA) unalterably opposes the recently-announced plan of several North American tracks, including Keeneland and Churchill Downs, to run 2-year-old races without the anti-bleeder medication Lasix in 2020 and all stakes races in 2021. The KHBPA is the recognized representatives at all five [...]


Canterbury Park and Minnesota HBPA Unite To Prioritize Racehorse Ownership and Retirement

Officials of Canterbury Park and Minnesota Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association, which represents owners and trainers at the Shakopee, Minn. racetrack, have united to provide funding to develop a comprehensive approach to encourage Thoroughbred horse ownership, both during and after the racing career. This first-of-its-kind industry initiative will address a problem that faces horse racing [...]


No Lasix Racing: Good Idea or Failed Experiment?

Photo by Cheryl Ann Quigley – stock.adobe.com No Lasix Racing:Good Idea or Failed Experiment? A closer look at the concept and what it means for the safety of horses and riders By Clara Fenger, DVM, PhD, DACVIM; Thomas Tobin, DVM, PhD, DACT; Peter Ecabert, JD (Originally published in the Summer 2017 issue [...]


Scientists Report No Link Between Furosemide Treatments and Muscular-Skeletal Issues That May Contribute to Breakdowns

The Scientific Advisory Group of the Association of Racing Commissioners International (ARCI) has reported that there is no current science linking furosemide treatments to muscular skeletal issues that may be a contributing cause of equine breakdowns in racing. The group reported to a meeting of the RCI’s Drug Testing Standards and Practices Committee that [...]


Lasix Phase-Out Plan Yet to Involve Horsemen (from Thoroughbred Daily News)

A proposed phasing-out of race-day Lasix starting in 2020 that is being discussed by track operators in Kentucky and New York has yet to formally involve representatives from the Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association (HBPA), Eric Hamelback, the group’s national chief executive, told TDN Wednesday afternoon. “The groups that own racetracks have every right to discuss [...]

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