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Stewards/State Veterinarian Medication Alert
With today’s highly sophisticated equine drug testing anyone handling or party to any race horse must take precautions that with less sensitive testing were not necessary.
Many drugs or compounds legally and properly used by humans can and have shown up in post race blood or urine samples resulting in loss of purse money, as well as fines and suspensions for the trainer.
Products as innocuous or seemingly benign as coffee, colas, chocolate bars, cigarette butts or chewing tobacco can all trigger positive tests.
Recreational drugs as well as those taken for pain relief, blood pressure, and ADHD treatment all have the potential to contribute to positive tests in post-race samples if diligence isn’t taken by those with any interaction with a racing horse.
Suggestions to trainers to minimize the risk of introducing foreign substances into a horse’s body.