Ohio Begins Examining Racehorse Medication Rules

Officials will hear from groups involved in an effort to have all racing jurisdictions adopt uniform drug policies.
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As part of an examination of its equine medication rules, the Ohio State Racing Commission (OSRC) in February will begin hearing from various industry organizations involved in an effort to adopt uniform policies for all jurisdictions.

The OSRC said Ed Martin, president of the Association of Racing Commissioners International, and Dionne Benson, DVM, executive director of the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC), are scheduled to speak at its next meeting Feb. 25.

Representatives of the National Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association (HBPA), Ohio HBPA, The Jockey Club, United States Trotting Association, Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association, and veterinary groups will be invited to speak at subsequent meetings.

The uniform schedule for administration and withdrawal times for about 25 therapeutic medications is under discussion in Ohio, the RMTC said

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Tom LaMarra, a native of New Jersey and graduate of Rutgers University, has been news editor at The Blood-Horse since 1998. After graduation he worked at newspapers in New Jersey and Pennsylvania as an editor and reporter with a focus on municipal government and politics. He also worked at Daily Racing Form and Thoroughbred Times before joining The Blood-Horse. LaMarra, who has lived in Lexington since 1994, has won various writing awards and was recognized with the Old Hilltop Award for outstanding coverage of the horse racing industry. He likes to spend some of his spare time handicapping races.

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