||National HBPA Unveils Proposed National
Drug Testing And Therapeutic Medication Policy
On Thursday, October 18, the National HBPA held a press conference at
Keeneland Racecourse in Lexington, Kentucky, to unveil a proposed national
drug testing and therapeutic medication policy. The proposed policy is
intended to stimulate discussions throughout the industry in the hopes
of eventually leading to a widely accepted and adopted national drug testing
and therapeutic medication policy. Below is the text from the press release
regarding the proposed policy sent out from the National HBPA to the media:
Heeding the call from its members and key industry leaders, the National
Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association (NHBPA) today unveiled
a proposed national policy on drug testing and therapeutic medication
for Association of Racing Commissioners International (ACRI) class 1,
2 and 3 foreign substances.
The proposed policies are based on the premise that uniform testing standards
would provide an even "playing field" for all racing industry participants,
enable the racing industry to regulate itself more effectively and, most
importantly, enhance its image and integrity in the eyes of the public
In development since the NHBPA summer convention in August, the proposal
has been crafted in consultation with leading academic analysts, veterinarians
and equine practitioners. It draws on existing research, including the
McKinsey Report (1991), the National Thoroughbred Racing Association Drug
Testing Task Force Report (2001), the ARCI Foreign Substances Classification
System and Policies, and over 20 years of experience and data from Canada.
The proposal draws on policies already in place in a number of U. S.
jurisdictions including: California, Louisiana, New Mexico, Ohio, Washington
and international jurisdictions including Canada. Specific regulatory
limits have been based on published scientific research, significant portions
of which were supported by the NHBPA and its affiliate members over the
years. The proposed policies can be summarized as follows:
- ZERO TOLERANCE for performance altering drugs and foreign substances
that have no legitimate use in horses in training or racing.
LIMITS for foreign substances recognized by the American Association
of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) as therapeutic medications for the horse.
The proposed regulatory limits are based on published scientific research
and/or regulatory limits already adopted by one or more racing jurisdictions.
Regulatory limits are proposed for the following: acepromazine, albuterol,
bupivacaine, butorphanol, clenbuterol, lidocaine, mepivacaine, pentazocine,
procaine, promazine, pyrilamine, and tertbutaline.
- DIETARY AND ENVIRONMENTAL
SUBSTANCES. Regulatory limits are also proposed for three dietary and
environmental substances that are also ARCI class 1 or 2 foreign substances,
namely benzoylecgonine, caffeine and morphine.
- SALIX (LASIX). Application
of these proposed regulatory limits for drugs and other foreign substances
in urine requires that Salix (Lasix) administration is controlled such
that urinary dilution does not intervene with testing.
- GUIDELINES are
proposed for the reporting of chemical identifications, their quantitative
determination and independent analysis, with an emphasis on the importance
of expert professional review.
- RESEARCH. The continuing development
of new performance-altering drugs and foreign substances, therapeutic
medications, and analytical technologies means that the specifics of
this proposed policy will evolve with time. More regulatory limits for
therapeutic medications and dietary/environmental substances are required.
Additionally, the role of blood testing is expected to increase in coming
- THE AMERICAN ASSOCATION OF EQUINE PRACTITIONERS (AAEP). The proposal
specifically recognizes the role of the AAEP in identifying therapeutic
medications, and appropriate dosage schedules for these agents.
in 1940 on the principle of "Horsemen Helping Horsemen," the NHBPA includes
33 affiliates and over 35,000 member owners and trainers across North
America and has long been focused on the betterment of racing at all
levels. The Texas Horsemen's Partnership is an affiliate member of the