Breeders’ Cup to Employ National Medication Reforms

The Breeders’ Cup World Championships will be held for the first time under reforms included in the National Uniform Medication Program.
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The Breeders' Cup World Championships will be held for the first time under reforms included in the National Uniform Medication Program.

California adopted parts of the national program earlier this year. Breeders' Cup adheres to jurisdictional regulations and also has its own integrity-related rules.

The Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) said the event, being held Oct. 31-Nov. 1 at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, cited three aspects of the reform program: uniform medication guidelines; administration of furosemide, also called Salix or Lasix; and accredited laboratory testing.

The Controlled Therapeutic Medication Schedule, which establishes testing threshold levels, became effective in California Oct. 1

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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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