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Queensland Racing Commission
Gold Coast trainer faces cobalt charges

posted on  |  29-03-17

Queensland stewards have opened their second inquiry in a week into alleged cobalt infringements. Last week Rockhampton trainer Ricky Vale pleaded not guilty to four prohibited substance charges including three involving cobalt. Queensland Racing Integrity Commission stewards have taken initial evidence in a hearing in which cobalt...


Trainer handed two year ban for injecting horses with EPO

posted on  |  29-03-17

The International Equestrian Federation (FEI) has banned trainer Mohammed Ali Khalifa Al-Attiyah for two years for injecting two horses with erythropoietin (EPO). The Qatari administered the hormone, which boosts red blood cells and is a banned substance, to horses SUR and Centurion at an endurance event in Doha on April 22, 2016....


Mary Scollay
Dr. Mary Scollay Talks Drug Testing and the Role of the Regulatory Veterinarian

posted on  |  28-03-17

The Race Track Industry Program was fortunate to host Dr. Mary Scollay, the equine medical director of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, on Wednesday, March 22. Dr. Scollay spoke in the Joe Hirsch Speaker Forum and the Advanced Animal Racing Laws and Enforcement class. In the Joe Hirsch Speaker Forum, Dr. Scollay focused on...


Coast Trainer Loses Appeal Against $25,000 Fine: Sunshine Coast Daily

posted on  |  28-03-17

RACING: Sunshine Coast trainer David Vandyke has lost an appeal against the severity of his $25,000 fine imposed by Racing New South Wales stewards, after stable star Yankee Rose tested positive to a banned substance at Randwick last year. Vandyke pleaded guilty to two charges handed down by RNSW stewards when the three-year-old...


Stanley and Jones re-join training ranks

posted on  |  28-03-17

It won't be an immediate return to raceday for Jones, who is not expected to saddle up a runner for several weeks after also having his application for a license rubber-stamped at last week's RV Board meeting. The Stawell-based horseman was ousted for eight months in June last year when he became the first Australian trainer...


Maryland Racing Commission Declines Further Penalties In 'Environmental Contamination' Case

posted on  |  28-03-17

In Maryland, trainer Jimmy Day's June 25 winner at Pimlico, Early Grey, was found to have the drug desvenlafaxine in his system after the race. Stewards disqualified the horse from the victory and the purse money, but declined to administer further penalties, deferring to the Maryland Racing Commission. When the case came before...


Greyhound Racing
Trainer's license revoked when greyhounds test positive for drugs

posted on  |  27-03-17

A greyhound trainer based at the Palm Beach Kennel Club had his licensed revoked this month after state investigators found 24 instances where dogs under his care tested positive for drugs before races in 2016. Yoanly Savon’s license was revoked March 8 by the Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering within the Florida Department of...


Florida Ruling Means Dozens Of Drug Positives Likely To Be Dismissed

posted on  |  25-03-17

Dozens of administrative complaints for medication violations in Florida are likely to be dismissed after the state's Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering issued an order accepting the recommendations of an administrative law judge who found that serum sample collection procedures qualified as “unadopted rules” and that...


Britain: BHA Set To Increase Frequency Of Drug Testing On Horses and Jockeys

posted on  |  24-03-17

The British Horseracing Authority has announced that it will double the amount of drug tests it conducts away from racecourses this year, in an effort to “combat the sophistication of modern doping methods.” According to a report in The Guardian, the BHA also plans to take more race-day samples than in the past. Brant...


Ricky Vale
Rockhampton trainer on cobalt charges

posted on  |  23-03-17

Rockhampton trainer Ricky Vale has pleaded not guilty to four charges of presenting horses to race with prohibited substances in their systems, including cobalt in excess of the prescribed threshold. Queensland Racing Integrity Commission stewards opened an inquiry on Tuesday but adjourned it to a date to be fixed so Vale could...



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