Lab Expects Kentucky Test Delays to End Soon

Officials at LGC blamed delays on a spike in the number of samples that required follow-up testing after initial analysis.
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The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KHRC) expects equine drug test results that had been delayed at the LGC laboratory, in Lexington, Kentucky, by up to four months to be back on schedule by Thanksgiving.

Mary Scollay-Ward, DVM, KHRC equine medical director, in responding to questions from members of the Kentucky Equine Drug Research Council during its regular meeting Nov. 12, said she received an email from the laboratory that conducts tests for the Kentucky regulator saying it should be back on schedule by Nov. 27.

Officials at LGC blamed delays on a spike in the number of samples that required follow-up testing after initial analysis. They said at times the number of samples that required confirmatory testing approached a 100-fold increase compared with 2013.

Those sample results reportedly include some positive drug tests for Kentucky horses for overages of therapeutic medications

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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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