Kentucky Steps toward Racehorse Medication Uniformity

The KHRC approved changes to its withdrawal time guidelines for all racing breeds.
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The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KHRC) on Dec. 11 approved changes to its withdrawal time guidelines for all racing breeds in line with the national uniform medication rules.

The KHRC is well on its way to becoming the latest state to adopt the national uniform rules which started with eight states approving the Mid-Atlantic Uniform Medication Reform. On Wednesday, the KHRC approved the withdrawal time guidelines outlined for that plan’s 24 recognized therapeutic substances.

The KHRC said the plan’s enhanced penalty system that focuses on repeat offenders is being examined and will be brought to the commission next year. After rule changes are approved by the commission, they typically take four to six months for approval at the state level.

KHRC chairman Robert Beck Jr. said a uniform medication policy should create more confidence in the sport among bettors, and could help end federal efforts to oversee the sport

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Frank Angst is a staff writer for The Blood-Horse magazine. An American Horse Publications three-time winner in best news story category, Angst has covered horse racing for more than a decade. Angst spent ten years at Thoroughbred Times, where he earned awards as that magazine’s senior writer and helped launch Thoroughbred Times TODAY. Besides covering horse racing, Angst enjoys handicapping. Angst has written about sports for more than 20 years, including several seasons covering a nationally ranked Marshall Thundering Herd football team.

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