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Baking soda
Put the baking soda back in the bottle Banned 'milkshakes' don't make racehorses faster

posted on  |  27-11-20

Baking soda “milkshakes” may have a fun-sounding name, but they are anything but, according to Joshua Denham, a lecturer in exercise science at RMIT University in Melbourne, and Adam Hulme, a research fellow at the University of the Sunshine Coast. They put horses at risk and amount to nothing more than snake oil, the...

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Horse broken down
mRNA Biomarker Study to Build on Promising Research to Prevent Catastrophic Racehorse Injuries

posted on  |  27-11-20

Catastrophic injuries in Thoroughbred racehorses is a top concern for the industry and for its fans. That sentiment is shared by researchers at the University of Kentucky’s (U.K.) College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. These researchers have been working on a study to learn more about changes happening at the cellular...

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Capsaicin
Investigation of Ontario Capsaicin Positives Continues

posted on  |  27-11-20

A cluster of positive tests for the prohibited drug capsaicin in horses in Ontario has led to changes in testing procedures for the substance in the province but has left some of the trainers involved confused and frustrated over the entire ordeal as they appeal the rulings. Since June, more than 20 horses have tested...

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Whip use
Plan to restrict whips in New Zealand

posted on  |  27-11-20

New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing (NZTR) wants to hear from owners, trainers, breeders, jockeys and racegoers - along with the general public about potential changes to the whip rules. NZTR has opened consultation on whip usage as part of an ongoing reconsideration of rules and regulations. New Zealand's whip rules were...

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Rick Arthur
CHRB Approves Continuing Education Program For Trainers and Poised To Further Tighten Corticosteroid and Thyroxin Use

posted on  |  27-11-20

The California Horse Racing Board at its regularly scheduled meeting on Thursday gave final approval to a continuing education program for trainers and their assistants, adopted a Multiple Medication Violations (MMV) program and took a first step toward curtailing over-use of thyroid medication. The regulatory agency tabled until its...

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Brian Kavanagh HRI
HRI chief Kavanagh defends pace of change to anti-doping regulations

posted on  |  27-11-20

Irish racing’s top official has defended the pace of change in the sport’s anti-doping regulations. Final agreement on a protocol that allows Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board (IHRB) officials test on unlicensed premises such as stud farms – and test a thoroughbred throughout its lifetime – has still to be...

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Court of Arbitration for Sport
Sporting court upholds suspension of UAE National Federation from the FEI

posted on  |  27-11-20

The United Arab Emirates National Federation will remain suspended from FEI membership until the end of the year, the Court of Arbitration for Sport has ruled. The court, the highest judicial body in the world for sporting-related disputes, upheld the FEI’s suspension in a decision delivered after a two-day hearing via video...

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Babesia
Equine piroplasmosis spreading into more temperate regions

posted on  |  27-11-20

Equine piroplasmosis is spreading into more temperate regions previously considered free of the disease, according to researchers. The infection, caused by the blood-dwelling parasites Theileria equi, Theileria haneyi, and Babesia caballi, is already prevalent in most parts of the world. Cases affect animal performance...

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Joint injection
Los Alamitos to Submit Joint Injection Plan to CHRB

posted on  |  27-11-20

The California Horse Racing Board tabled a vote to approve the license of Los Alamitos Race Course until its meeting next month, pending the receipt of the track's written plan to reduce the number of racehorses receiving corticosteroid intra-articular joint injections there. CHRB officials believe those injections have...

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Legal
Sprawling Racehorse Doping Case Expected to Get More Unwieldy

posted on  |  27-11-20

Nearly two weeks after bringing a superseding indictment in an already massive doping prosecution of racehorse trainers and veterinarians, federal prosecutors told a judge Tuesday more charges and more defendants could be in store. The case details widescale smuggling and rebranding of thousands of units of...

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The International Group of Specialist Racing Veterinarians (IGSRV) is an association that unites regulatory racing veterinarians worldwide. The group was founded in 1985 and has played a major role in promoting the welfare and integrity of horse racing; advises authorities  worldwide.

The IGSRV  in association with the Association of Official Racing Chemists (AORC) organises a biennial International Conference of Racing Analysts and Veterinarians.

 

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