||Racing Medication and Testing Consortium
The NTRA recently provided the THP with the following
Racing Medication and Testing Consortium Update:
The Racing Medication and Testing Consortium has completed its raceday
medication policy, which at present includes furosemide and thresholds
for non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. The policy will now be presented
to regulators for adoption.
Additionally, the Consortium has completed model policies on the use
and regulation of anti-ulcer medications and clenbuterol, and on testing,
environmental contaminants and prohibited practices. These policies will
be forwarded to regulators for review.
Policies on penalties, jurisprudence and non-raceday therapeutic medications
are being drafted. Completed sections will be forwarded to the commissions
in September. The RMTC has invited commission representatives to a workshop
on the policy document, to be held in conjunction with the December Symposium
on Racing in Tucson. The Consortium expects to release the policy document
publicly in the first quarter of 2004.
In addition, the RMTC reached consensus that one of its top priorities
will be to eliminate the use of EPO and to undertake research to develop
rules related to this policy.
On September 20-21, the RMTC will review proposals for research grants,
with a grant approval meeting scheduled for September 25.
The RMTC was formed in December 2001. The organization is governed by
a Board of Directors consisting of representatives from racing industry
stakeholder groups, representing tracks, horsemen, veterinarians, breed
registries, regulatory organizations and security personnel. Funding for
the RMTC has been contributed voluntarily by those organizations represented
on the Board.
Member organizations include the American Association of Equine Practitioners,
American Quarter Horse Association, American Quarter Horse Racetrack Associations,
Breeders’ Cup Limited, California Thoroughbred Trainers, Churchill
Downs, Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, Harness Tracks of America, Jockeys’
Guild, Keeneland, Kentucky Thoroughbred Association, Magna Entertainment
Corporation, National Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Bureau,
National Thoroughbred Racing Association, North American Pari-Mutuel Regulators
Association, New York Racing Association, Oak Tree Racing Association,
Racing Commissioners International, The Jockey Club, Thoroughbred Horsemen’s
Association, Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association, Thoroughbred
Owners of California, Thoroughbred Racing Associations, Thoroughbred Racing
Protective Bureau, United States Trotting Association and United Thoroughbred