Horse Racing News from Pennsylvania

Horse Racing Integrity and Safety Act

The most significant regulatory change in horse racing oversight is making headway.

Rather than the patchwork regulating 38 racing statesincluding Pennsylvania, a uniform national standard is coming.

A draft of proposed anti-doping and medication rules is out and a comment period is open. Changes begin next July.

Key changes include:

  • The bans the anti-bleeding medication Lasix on race day in all 2-year-old and stakes races. Last week, all 14 Breeders’ Cup world championships ran without Lasix for the first time.
  • Primary substances are never allowed, including anabolic steroids and erythropoietin (EPO) that can increase red blood cells and boost aerobic capacity.
  • Secondary substances as anti-inflammatories and supplements cannot be used on race day.
  • Up to 48 hours before a race, Horses are allowed to ingest only water, hay and oats two days before a race.
  • There be no detection of any prohibited substance beginning at midnight on race day
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Rich Nilsen is a 19-time qualifier to the National Horseplayers Championship (NHC), an event he has cashed in four times. He was the first player to finish in the top 10 of the NHC twice. A former executive with Brisnet.com and a member of the NHC Players’ Committee, Rich is a graduate of the University of Louisville Equine Business Program and is founder of AGameofSkill.com, a site devoted to horse racing education and promotion.

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