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The Meadowlands is requiring that all horses entered in the stakes listed here be stabled at an approved training facility within a 150 mile radius (as the crow flies) of The Meadowlands or in the stable area at Vernon Downs by 8 p.m. (EDT) on Monday, July 31 and be made available for out of competition testing as requested.   The stakes are all part of the Saturday, August 5 race card; the Cane Pace, Sam McKee Memorial (US Pacing Championship) Lady Liberty, John Cashman Memorial, Dr John Steele Memorial (Fresh Yankee).   This time frame was chosen to avoid conflict with the Spirit of Massachusetts trot and the Adios, as both of those stakes are raced the previous weekend.   There will be no charge for the stabling at Vernon and a discounted hotel rate of $20 per night will again be offered to those with these stakes horses.   Trainers for all of the horses entered in those stakes are responsible for informing The Meadowlands Racing Office at 877.782.5130 of where each horse will be stabled from July 31 until the stakes have been raced.   Questions should be directed to Brice Cote at 609.558.5062.

On Thursday 29 June 2017, RWWA Stewards conducted an inquiry into the reasons for former licensed driving stablehand Terry Trewenack failing to provide a urine sample when directed to do so at a Gloucester Park race meeting in February 2016. At the time Mr Trewenack had been working as a stablehand and had left the racecourse without providing a sample after being directed to do so and Stewards have been unable to contact him until recently. After considering all the evidence, Mr Trewenack was issued a charge under rule 250A(1)(b) which states: A person carrying on or purporting to carry on an activity regulated by licence at any time or carrying on official duties at a meeting commits an offence if he or she refuses or fails to deliver a sample as directed by the stewards, or tampers with, adulterates, alters, substitutes or in any way hinders the collection of such sample or attempts to do any of these things. The specifics of the charge were that in February 2016 while licensed as a driving stablehand he failed to deliver a urine sample when directed to do so by Stewards at Gloucester Park Racecourse. Mr Trewenack pleaded guilty to the charge and was subsequently disqualified for a period of 6 months to take effect immediately. In determining penalty, Stewards took into account the following factors: • The seriousness of the offence • Mr Trewenack’s previous record • The need for the penalty to achieve specific and general deterrence • Mr Trewenack’s guilty plea and forthright evidence • His personal circumstances at the time of the offence and the steps that he has taken to improve his circumstances. Rhys Chappell Deputy Chief Steward

The Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) Racing Appeals and Disciplinary (RAD) Board today considered charges issued against licensed trainer Mr Shane Osborn under Australian Harness Racing Rules (AHRR) 190(1), 193(3), 190B and 90A(2.9)(a).  Charge 1 - AHRR 190(1) reads as follows: A horse shall be presented for a race free of prohibited substances.  The charge under AHRR 190(1) related to a urine sample collected from the horse ‘Shaka The Baker’ after it finished second in Race 1, the ‘DNR Logistics Pace, at the Mildura harness racing meeting on 11 January 2017. Racing Analytical Services Limited (RASL) reported that analysis of that urine sample revealed the sample to contain arsenic in excess of the allowable threshold.  Charge 2 - AHRR 193(3) reads as follows: A person shall not administer or allow or cause to be administered any medication to a horse on race day prior to such horse running in a race. The charge under AHRR 193(3) related to Mr Osborn’s race day administration of Stamazene and Carbalene to ‘Shaka The Baker’ on race day prior to that horse competing in Race 1 at Mildura on 11 January 2017.  Charge 3 - AHRR 190B(1) reads as follows: A trainer shall at all times keep and maintain a log book The particulars of this charge related to the stable inspection conducted on 8 February 2017 by HRV Stewards, when Mr Osborn was found not to keep and maintain a logbook as required. Charge 4 - AHRR 90A(2.9)(a) reads as follows:  The holder of a trainer’s licence shall ensure that all persons carrying out the activities of stable hands are licensed as stable hands.  This charge related to Mr Osborn not ensuring that Sharon Osborn was appropriately licensed when carrying out the activities of a stablehand by presenting ‘Shaka The Baker’ for a post-race swab.  During the investigation Mr Osborn stated that he did not use any arsenic based preparation and gave evidence that ‘Shaka The Baker’ had been chewing pine fence posts. Subsequent analysis of those fence posts revealed them to contained arsenic at levels consistent with Copper Chromium Arsenic (CCA) treated timber. Mr Osborn pleaded guilty to all charges.  After considering submissions on penalty, including Mr Osborn’s early guilty plea, his previous record over a long involvement in the industry and his own personal circumstances, the HRV RAD Board imposed a $1500 fine, which was fully suspended for a period of 12 months. Acting under AHRR 195, the HRV RAD Board also formally ordered that ‘Shaka The Baker’ be disqualified from Race 1 at Mildura on 11 January 2017, and that the placings be amended accordingly. In relation to the charge under AHRR 193(3), which concerned race day treatment, Mr Osborn was fined $500.  Mr Osborn was also fined a further $250, being that that he failed to keep and maintain a log book.  The fourth and final charge, under AHRR 90A(2.9)(a), being that as a trainer he failed to ensure a person carrying out activities of a stablehand was licensed as a stablehand, Mr Osborn was fined $200. Harness Racing Appeals & Disciplinary Board 

Harness Racing New South Wales (HRNSW) Stewards have concluded an inquiry that commenced on Monday June 19, 2017, into a report received from Racing Analytical Services Limited (RASL) that Cobalt above the threshold of 100 micrograms per litre in urine had been detected in the urine sample taken from CAMELOT SPEEDSTAR following its win in race 2, the RANDALL JONES AUTOMOTIVE PACE (1900m) conducted at Broken Hill on Friday March 17, 2017. Licensed trainer-driver Ms Hughes provided evidence via telephone regarding CAMELOT SPEEDSTAR and her husbandry practices. Evidence including the Certificates of Analysis was presented to the inquiry. HRNSW Stewards issued the following charges against Ms Hughes pursuant to the Australian Harness Racing Rules (AHRR) as follows: CHARGE 1 - AHRR 196A (1)  A person shall not administer or cause to be administered to a horse any prohibited substance…. (ii)  which is detected in any sample taken from such horse prior to or following the running of any race. (2)  A person who fails to comply with sub-rule (1) is guilty of an offence. CHARGE 2 (Alternative to Charge 1) - AHRR 196B.  (1)  A person shall not without the permission of the Stewards within one (1) clear day of the commencement of a race administer, attempt to administer or cause to be administered an injection to a horse nominated for that race…..  (4)  A person who fails to comply with sub-rule (1) is guilty of an offence. CHARGE 3 - AHRR 190.  (1)  A horse shall be presented for a race free of prohibited substances. (2)  If a horse is presented for a race otherwise than in accordance with sub rule (1) the trainer of the horse is guilty of an offence…. (4)  An offence under sub rule (2) or sub rule (3) is committed regardless of the circumstances in which the prohibited substance came to be present in or on the horse. Ms Hughes pleaded guilty to all charges and was issued with the following penalties: Charge 1: Four years disqualification Charge 2: No penalty recorded- alternative charge Charge 3: Four years disqualification The periods of disqualification is to be served concurrently and is to commence from April 20, 2017, the date upon which Ms Hughes was stood down. In considering penalty Stewards were mindful of the following; The serious nature of this offence; Ms Hughes’ guilty pleas; Ms Hughes’ first prohibited substance offence; Class 1 prohibited substance under the HRNSW Penalty Guidelines; Level of substance detected; Ms Hughes’ licence history and other personal subjective facts. Acting under the provisions of AHRR 195, Stewards disqualified CAMELOT SPEEDSTAR from the abovementioned race. Ms Hughes was advised of her right to appeal these decisions. MICHAEL PRENTICE | INTEGRITY MANAGER (02) 9722 6600 •  mprentice@hrnsw.com.au GRAHAM LOCH | CHAIRMAN OF STEWARDS (02) 9722 6600 •  gloch@hrnsw.com.au

Today the Norwegian Trotting Association published the verdict in the doping case against French harness racing trainer Fabrice Souloy, who had four trotters test positive for Cobalt in June 2016 at Bjerke, Oslo. Souloy was banned from training and driving for 15 years and fined $60,000. The association had wanted Souloy banned for life and fined $25,000. Souloy is still awaiting a verdict from the Swedish Trotting Association regarding a positive test from the Elitlopp 2016 -- also for Cobalt -- and it was thought that the two Scandinavian associations would have published their verdicts together. However, due to vacation the Swedish verdict is first expected to be known around July 5. At present Souloy is serving a one year ban in France after a positive test for Cobalt. by Karsten Bønsdorf, USTA Senior Newsroom Correspondent

East Rutherford, NJ -- The earlier release regarding OOC testing incorrectly included the Hambletonian Maturity among the stakes addressed. That race is administered by the Hambletonian Society and the entrants to it are subject to testing per the conditions of that race.   The revised statement is below;   The Meadowlands has announced that all horses entered in the following stakes; Graduate Finals Trot & Pace, Meadowlands Pace, Mistletoe Shalee, WR Haughton Memorial, Golden Girls, Stanley Dancer Memorial and Del Miller Memorial will be required to be stabled at an approved training facility within a 150 mile radius of The Meadowlands by 8:00 pm (EDT) on Monday, July 3 and be made available for Out Of Competition testing as requested.   Trainers for all of the horses entered in those stakes are responsible for informing The Meadowlands Racing Office at (877) 782-5130 to disclose where each horse will be stabled from July 3 until the stakes have been raced.   A requirement of a similiar time frame will be made for horses racing in those stakes surrounding and on Hambletonian Day, August 5. Further details will be released as they become available.   Nick Salvi  

East Rutherford, NJ -- The Meadowlands is announcing that all horses entered in the following stakes; Graduate Finals Trot & Pace, Meadowlands Pace, Mistletoe Shalee, Hambletonian Maturity, WR Haughton Memorial, Golden Girls, Stanley Dancer Memorial and Del Miller Memorial will be required to be stabled at an approved training facility within a 150 mile radius of The Meadowlands by 8:00 pm (EDT) on Monday, July 3 and be made available for Out Of Competition testing as requested.   Trainers for all of the horses entered in those stakes are responsible for informing The Meadowlands Racing Office at (877) 782-5130 to disclose where each horse will be stabled from July 3 until the stakes have been raced.   A requirement of a similiar time frame will be made for horses racing in those stakes surrounding and on Hambletonian Day, August 5.   Further details will be released as they become available.   Nick Salvi

The Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) Racing Appeals and Disciplinary (RAD) Board today considered a charge issued against licensed trainer Mr Boris Devcic under Australian Harness Racing Rule (AHRR) 193(1) relating to a stable inspection conducted by HRV Stewards on 4 January 2017.  AHRR 193(1) states:  A person shall not attempt to stomach tube or stomach tube a horse nominated for a race or event within 48 hours of the commencement of the race or event.  The particulars of this charge were that on 4 January 2017 Mr Devcic stomach tubed the horse ‘Flagbearer’ which was engaged to race at the Mildura harness racing meeting that evening.  Mr Devcic pleaded guilty to this charge and after considering submissions regarding penalty the HRV RAD Board imposed a 9 month disqualification, to commence at midnight on 18 June 2017.  In determining penalty the HRV RAD Board considered the following: Mr Devcic’s early guilty plea and co-operation with the Stewards. Mr Devcic’s awareness of the relevant rule Previous penalties for similar offences.  Specific and general deterrence.  That breaches of this rule are serious offences and the need to send a message that such offences are unacceptable. The Racing Appeals & Disciplinary Board (RADB) is established under section 50B of the Racing Act (1958). The RADB is an independent Board established to hear and determine appeals in relation to decisions made under the rules to impose penalties on persons and to hear and determine charges made against persons for serious offences.  HRV RAD Board – Boris Devcic 

ON Monday October 31, 2016, Harness Racing New South Wales Stewards commenced an investigation into the apparent administration of a medication to the registered standardbred A MATTER OF COURSE which was engaged to race at the Newcastle meeting that day.  That horse was subsequently scratched from the race by order of Stewards. On that night evidence was taken from Mr G Chapple, the licensed trainer of the horse A MATTER OF COURSE, Mr M Chapple who attended the horse, the Official Starter and the raceday Veterinary Surgeon.  Samples were taken from A MATTER OF COURSE for analysis as well a jar of ointment that was confiscated.  Analysis by the Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory confirmed the prohibited substance menthol was detected in the sample taken from A MATTER OF COURSE.  By letter on April 18, 2017, Stewards notified Mr Chapple of charges laid against him. By email on Friday, April 28, 2017, through his legal representative, Mr Chapple pleaded guilty to the charges and provided detailed submissions in respect to penalty. On Monday, May 23, 2017, HRNSW Stewards convened to consider the submissions entered on the trainer’s behalf and to determine the penalties in the matters. Charge 1 – Pursuant to HRR 192(1) and (3) which state: (1)  No person, unless he has first obtained the permission of the Stewards, shall have in his possession either on a racecourse or in any motor vehicle or trailer being used for the purpose of travelling to or from a racecourse any prohibited substance or a syringe, needle or other instrument which could be used – (3)  A person who fails to comply with sub rule (1) or with a term or condition imposed under sub rule (2) is guilty of an offence. The Stewards announced a fine of $500. Charge 2 – Pursuant to HRR 193 (3), (6) & (8) which state: (3)  A person shall not administer or allow or cause to be administered any medication to a horse on race day prior to such horse running in a race. (6)  For the purposes of this Rule, medication means any treatment with drugs or other substances. (8)  A person who fails to comply with sub-rules (1), (2), (3) or (7) is guilty of an offence. Mr G Chapple admitted instructing his son, driver Mr M Chapple, to apply medication to the horse on race day. The Stewards announced Mr G Chapple be disqualified for a period of six (6) months. Charge 3 – Pursuant to Rules 190 (1), (2) & (4): (1)  A horse shall be presented for a race free of prohibited substances. (2)  If a horse is presented for a race otherwise than in accordance with sub rule (1) the trainer of the horse is guilty of an offence. (4)  An offence under sub rule (2) or sub rule (3) is committed regardless of the circumstances in which the prohibited substance came to be present in or on the horse. The Stewards announced Mr G Chapple be disqualified for a period of six (6) months. In determining these penalties the Stewards noted Mr Chapple’s pleas, his previous disciplinary record, the circumstances of the offence and the subjectives advanced on his behalf, including his cooperation with and before the Stewards. The Stewards ordered that this penalty be served concurrently with the penalty announced in regards to Charge 2. Stewards also ordered that the penalty take effect from midnight Tuesday, May 23, 2017.  Mr G Chapple was advised of his right to appeal the decisions of Stewards. Mr Mitch Chapple – Inquiry Concluded FURTHER to the proceedings at Newcastle on October 31, 2017, Mr M Chapple was notified by letter details dated April 18, 2017, of a charge laid against him. By email on Friday, April 28, 2017, through his legal representative, Mr Chapple pleaded guilty to the charges and provided detailed submissions in regards to penalty. On Monday, May 23, 2017, HRNSW Stewards convened to consider the submission entered on Mr M Chapple’s behalf and to determine a penalty in the matter. Charge 1 – Pursuant to HRR 193 (3), (6) & (8) (3)  A person shall not administer or allow or cause to be administered any medication to a horse on race day prior to such horse running in a race. (6)  For the purposes of this Rule, medication means any treatment with drugs or other substances. (8)  A person who fails to comply with sub-rules (1), (2), (3) or (7) is guilty of an offence. Before Stewards Mr M Chapple had admitted applying medication, being a chest rub ointment, to the horse, A MATTER OF COURSE on the race day and prior to racing.  The Stewards announced a penalty of a fine of $1000 of which $500 was ordered be suspended on the proviso that Mr M Chapple not be found guilty of a breach of any of the rules relating to prohibited substances within a period of 12 months from this date. In determining this penalty the Stewards noted Mr Chapple’s plea, his previous good disciplinary record, the particular circumstances of the offence, as acting under the direction of his parent being the horse’s trainer, and the subjectives advanced on his behalf, including his (young) age and cooperation with and before the Stewards. Mr M Chapple was advised of his right to appeal the decision of the Stewards. MICHAEL PRENTICE | INTEGRITY MANAGER (02) 9722 6600 •  mprentice@hrnsw.com.au GRAHAM LOCH | CHAIRMAN OF STEWARDS (02) 9722 6600 •  gloch@hrnsw.com.au

Schenectady, NY --- The New York State Gaming Commission today indefinitely suspended harness owner, trainer and driver Michael S. Weiner for racing four horses at Monticello Raceway doped with mitragynine, a dangerous drug with performance enhancing and analgesic effects similar to cocaine and morphine. Commonly known as Kratom and derived from the plant Mitragyna speciosa that grows only in Southeast Asia, there is no legitimate reason for mitragynine to be found in any race horse. Kratom is a controlled substance in many countries and has been declared a “drug of concern” by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency with no known legitimate industrial, agrochemical, chemical, human or veterinary medical use. The drug was found in Weiner’s horses through the introduction of an analytical detection methodology by the New York Drug Testing and Research Program (NYDTRP). To date, it has not been identified in any other racing jurisdiction. After the NYDTRP identified the presence of Kratom, the lab conducted a drug administration trial to substantiate that administration had occurred within one week of the horses’ races in clear violation of Commission rules. “This dangerous drug has no business anywhere in horse racing,” said Ronald Ochrym, the Commission’s Director of Horse Racing and Pari-Mutuel Wagering. “Thanks to the innovative work of the New York Drug Testing and Research Program, this individual is no longer participating in the sport and we are on the lookout for additional cheaters.” Weiner trained four horses that raced at Monticello Raceway on February 2, 3 and 7, 2017. Bupa Bruiser finished first in the third race at Monticello on February 2, 2017 French Lick finished fifth in the third race at Monticello on February 3, 2017 Vernon Belle finished second in the seventh race at Monticello on February 3, 2017 Majestic Jo finished first in the fifth race at Monticello on February 7, 2017 All four horses have been disqualified and Weiner’s share of purses in the above mentioned races have been ordered returned. Effective today, Weiner is summarily suspended and is excluded from all New York tracks. Upon full adjudication by the Commission, Weiner could ultimately have his license to participate revoked and face up to $25,000 in fines per violation. A hearing on the matter is currently scheduled for June 2. What is Mitragynine? Click here. More here Chemists study the neurochemistry of alkaloids from the Mitragyna plant In study after study, Mitragynine is called out as the most prevalent and potent alkaloid in the kratom leaf’s arsenal. Unintentional Fatal Intoxications with Mitragynine by Lee Park, director of communications, New York State Gaming Commission 

Racing Integrity Unit general manager Mike Godber is defending his organisation's consistency around cobalt positives. Earlier this week, Canterbury harness racing trainer Cran Dalgety was hit with a $32,000 fine for presenting five horses to race with cobalt levels in excess of the 200 ug/L (micrograms per litre) threshold for the prohibited substance. Importantly, the Racing Integrity Unit (RIU) and the Judicial Control Authority (JCA), who handed down the penalty, agreed that Dalgety was guilty of negligence but did not intentionally administer cobalt or any other prohibited substance. Dalgety, a highly successful trainer best known for guiding the career of champion pacer Christen Me, questioned why Southland trainer Shane Walkinshaw escaped a presenting charge when two of his horses returned positive swabs for cobalt in late 2015. But Godber said attempting to compare the two cases was "drawing a long bow". Walkinshaw purchased an over the counter product and the label confirmed a small and legal amount of cobalt was present in the ingredients. However, the batch was contaminated and in fact contained 190 times the amount that was advertised. "In the Walkinshaw case we asked what more could he have done to prevent it and the answer was not a lot," Godber said. A raft of tests were done on the supplement and the Walkinshaw-trained Not Bad to determine that the product had been manufactured incorrectly. Both the supplier and the manufacturer took responsibility. Godber said the Dalgety case was different because the supplement, McGrouthers Equine Mineral Mix, was labelled as containing cobalt but it did not identify the amount. He said that put a significant responsibility on Dalgety to identify the level of cobalt in the product which he did not do. "If you look at the Dalgety case, it did not meet the criteria for there not to be a charge because there was clearly more he could have done," Godber said. He added that Dalgety's case was not helped by the fact the product was not being used by any other trainers in New Zealand and was not sold on a large commercial basis. Dalgety's counter to that argument was that he had been using the product without issue for more than 10 years and the label of the supplement said "will not return a positive swab" and "Licensed under Animal Remedies Act 1967 No 3392". It was later found to have not been licensed since at least 1997. The JCA decision said Dalgety's culpability was his failure to obtain appropriate advice on the use of a product containing cobalt after Harness Racing New Zealand (HRNZ) introduced a cobalt threshold 200 ug/L in May 2015. Godber added that products that were licensed under the act could still contain ingredients that were prohibited under the rules of racing. "It's really a case of buyer beware. The onus is on the trainer to make sure the product is free of any prohibited substances. "The message is, if you are in any doubt do not use the product until you have spoken to your vet." Dalgety also raised another case where two Canterbury trainers were not charged when they returned positive swabs for caffeine in 2013 that was also proven to be from a feed supplement. Godber said that was because the product did not show any signs of caffeine on its label and both trainers had sought veterinary advice. Dalgety described his $32,000 fine as excessive but Godber, who reiterated the value of the fine was set by the JCA, said he did not believe the fine was unreasonable given it was Dalgety's third offence in eight years. The RIU submitted for a fine between $36,000 and $86,250 but because it deemed the offence to be at the lower end of the scale, expected a penalty close to the $36,000 mark. Dalgety's two previous positives (caffeine and bute) were deemed to be unintentional with the caffeine being a result of contaminated feed and the wrong horse being treated with bute by stable staff. The RIU acknowledged Dalgety had been fully cooperative throughout their investigation. WHAT IS COBALT? Cobalt is an essential trace element that is naturally occurring in horses, dogs and other mammals but has been demonstrated to have an effect on the blood system by stimulating the production of red blood cells making for a similar effect to Erythropoietin (EPO) doping. By Mat Kermeen Reprinted with permission of Stuff

On Thursday May 11, 2017, Harness Racing New South Wales (HRNSW) Stewards conducted an Inquiry into a report received from the Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory that plasma Total Carbon Dioxide (TCO2) above the prescribed threshold was detected in a pre-race blood sample taken from MINCARLIE prior to race 7, THE 102.9 KOFM BATTLERS STAKES (2030 metres) conducted at Newcastle on Saturday April 8, 2017. The “B” sample was confirmed by the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission (Racing Science Centre). Mr Potts appeared at the Inquiry. Evidence including the Reports of Analysis was presented.  Evidence was taken from Mr Potts regarding the training of MINCARLIE and his husbandry practices and also presented to the Inquiry by HRNSW Regulatory Veterinarian Dr Don Colantonio. Mr Potts was issued with the following charges pursuant to Australian Harness Racing Rules (AHRR): Charge 1:      AHRR 196A(1)(ii) for administering to MINCARLIE a prohibited substance which was detected in a sample taken from that horse prior to the running of a race. Charge 2:      AHRR 190(1),(2) & (4) for presenting MINCARLIE to race not free of a prohibited substance. Charge 3: AHRR 193(3) & (6) for administering to MINCARLIE a medication on race day prior to that horse running in a race. Mr Potts was found guilty of all charges.  Stewards issued the following penalties, and ordered the penalties be served concurrently: Charge 1:      2 years disqualification Charge 2: 5 years disqualification Charge 3: 9 months disqualification In considering penalty Stewards were mindful of the following; This was Mr Pott’s second Prohibited Substance offence; Class 2 Prohibited Substance; The level detected being greater than 39.0 mmol/L; Mr Pott’s licence history and other personal subjective facts. Acting under the provisions of Rule 195, MINCARLIE was disqualified from the abovementioned race. Mr Potts was advised of his right to appeal these decisions. Harness Racing NSW (HRNSW) is the controlling body for harness racing in New South Wales with responsibility for commercial and regulatory management of the industry including 33 racing clubs across the State.  HRNSW is headed by a Board of Directors and is independent of Government.   Michael Prentice                            Integrity Manager

On April 6, 2017, the Canadian Pari-Mutuel Agency (CPMA) released a Memorandum to the Canadian horse racing industry. "The CPMA would like to bring to the attention of the Canadian horse racing industry that as of February 22, 2017, cobalt was officially added to Section 2 of the Schedule to the Pari-Mutuel Betting Supervision Regulations." On April 21, 2017, the CPMA released another Memorandum with additional information regarding new cobalt thresholds. "Further to the Canadian Pari-Mutuel Agency's (CPMA) Industry Notice dated April 6, 2017, regarding the implementation of CPMA cobalt testing effective May 1, 2017, the CPMA has received questions about what this means from a practical perspective given that cobalt occurs naturally in the horse." A copy of these CPMA memos are attached to this bulletin. As a result, effective May 1, 2017 Amended General Directive No. 2/2015 (attached) addressing enhanced testing for cobalt, is no longer in force. Please refer to the attached GENERAL DIRECTIVE NO. 2 - 2017 - Rescinding Enhanced Cobalt Testing Directive. The AGCO issues this Information Bulletin as a service. AGCO licensees are expected to know the Rules of Racing, closely review all memos from the CPMA, and keep up to date on the Schedule of Prohibited Drugs. Disponible en français. Additional information regarding new cobalt thresholds – April 21, 2017 Further to the Canadian Pari-Mutuel Agency's (CPMA) Industry Notice dated April 6, 2017, regarding the implementation of CPMA cobalt testing effective May 1, 2017, the CPMA has received questions about what this means from a practical perspective given that cobalt occurs naturally in the horse. As you may know, several provinces have been testing for cobalt for the past couple of years. The provincial testing of cobalt was in blood only, using a threshold of 50 nanograms per millilitre (ng/mL). The CPMA added cobalt to the list of quantitatively prohibited substances (section 2 of the schedule to the Pari-Mutuel Betting Supervision Regulations) in February of this year. After much research and collaboration with international regulators, it was determined that the thresholds for cobalt would be 25 ng/mL in blood and 100 ng/mL in urine. These levels are consistent with thresholds used in many other international jurisdictions. The CPMA's research indicates that vitamin supplements, when used alone and according to label directions, should not increase cobalt levels enough to cause a positive test. In addition, our research indicates that when horses were allowed free access to cobalt-containing salt blocks, there was little to no effect on the horse's cobalt levels. Cobalt levels may build up over time when given repeatedly, and its elimination from the horse can take an extended period of time. It is always good practice to take care and to read the list of ingredients when choosing products that are administered to horses. As with all medications and supplements, owners and trainers should discuss the use of cobalt supplements with their veterinarian. Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact CPMA. Sincerely, Steve Suttie   Implementation of cobalt testing under the Canadian Pari-Mutuel Agency's Equine Drug Control Program – April 6, 2017 The Canadian Pari-Mutuel Agency (CPMA) would like to bring to the attention of the Canadian horse racing industry that as of February 22, 2017, cobalt was officially added to Section 2 of the Schedule to the Pari-Mutuel Betting Supervision Regulations. It should be noted that cobalt testing in Canada will move from provincial oversight to the CPMA under its official Equine Drug Control Program as of May 1, 2017. The CPMA would also like to advise the horse racing industry that the quantitative threshold for cobalt testing will decrease from 50 nanograms per millilitre (ng/mL) to 25 ng/mL in blood and that a new threshold of 100 ng/mL will be implemented in urine. These thresholds are published in the Pari-Mutuel Betting Supervision Regulations. The CPMA would like to remind industry participants to take care and to read the list of ingredients when choosing products that are administered to horses. As with all medications and supplements, owners and trainers should discuss the use of cobalt supplements with their veterinarian. Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact CPMA. Sincerely, Steve Suttie

Bathurst harness racing trainer Nathan Turnbull was won the right to continue to train despite a first sample taken from Destiny Warrior showing a irregularity to cocaine after he won at Dubbo in February. Turnbull told Fairfax Media that Destiny Warrior had returned a swab positive to cocaine in his first sample from his win on February 22, but said if the second sample confirmed the result, he would be defending the charge. "I can't make any comment about it at the moment," he said. Harness Racing NSW stewards had stood down Turnbull under rule 183 last week, but he appealed the ruling on Monday and the NSW Racing Tribunal overturned the decision after an admission by a third party who admitted using the drug on the way to the races. At Turnbull's appeal against the standing down, the third party – know as the user – "made full and frank admissions" to stewards that he had handled Destiny Warrior and its gear before the race after using cocaine. To read the full article written by Chris Roots click here

On Thursday April 20, 2017, Harness Racing New South Wales (HRNSW) Stewards suspended the licences of trainer/driver, Ms Kylie Hughes, pursuant to Australian Harness Racing Rule 183. HRNSW took these measures after receiving a report from Racing Analytical Services Limited (RASL) that Cobalt above the threshold was detected in a post-race urine sample taken from CAMELOT SPEEDSTAR following its win in race 2, the RANDALL JONES AUTOMOTIVE PACE (1900 metres) conducted at Broken Hill on Friday March 17, 2017. The “B” sample and associated control sample have been sent to the Racing Science Centre (QRIC) in Queensland for confirmatory testing. HRNSW Stewards considered all available evidence at that time and determined that Rule 183 should be invoked based on the following factors: The fact that a certificate has been issued by an approved drug testing laboratory confirming Cobalt above the threshold had been detected; The level of the reading relative to the permissible threshold; The serious nature of the substance; The absolute nature of AHRR 190 offences; The likely penalty of a significant period of disqualification if a prohibited substance offence is proven; The high unlikelihood that AHRR 256 will have any application if a prohibited substance offence is proven; The fact that HRNSW Policy in recent years has been to apply suspensions pursuant to AHRR 183 upon the receipt of one positive certificate; The fact that this is not a finding of guilt and that this will militate against any perceived reputational damage as a result of a suspension; (i) The fact that an offence against AHRR 190 does not involve any aspect of intent and that this must further militate against any perceived reputational damage as a result of a suspension Ms Hughes has not been charged with any breach of the Rules and has been advised of her rights of appeal against the imposition of Rule 183. HRNSW Stewards have commenced an investigation into this sample result and an Inquiry will be scheduled in due course.   MICHAEL PRENTICE | INTEGRITY MANAGER (02) 9722 6600 •  mprentice@hrnsw.com.au GRAHAM LOCH | CHAIRMAN OF STEWARDS (02) 9722 6600 •  gloch@hrnsw.com.au

CHARLESTON, S.C. (Wednesday, April 19, 2017) — Increased out-of-competition testing, investing in additional investigators and research into emerging threats is the most effective way to catch — and, more importantly, deter — cheating in horse racing. That was the big take-away from the drug-testing forum on opening day of the Association of Racing Commissioners International’s 83rd annual conference on Equine Welfare and Racing Integrity at the Charleston Marriott. The panel featured Dr. Scott Stanley of the University of California, Davis, which conducts that state’s horse-racing testing; Dr. Anthony Fontana of Truesdail Laboratories; and, speaking via teleconferencing, Dr. George Maylin, the longtime director of the New York Equine Drug Testing and Research Laboratory. Also on the panel was Brice Cote, a former standardbred driver and detective in New Jersey State Police’s racetrack unit who heads the integrity efforts at The Meadowlands, Tioga and Vernon Downs harness tracks. Even if the panelists expressed varying beliefs on the prevalence of rules-violators, they all emphasized the importance of out-of-competition testing — taking samples from horses in between races — as a way to detect substances that no longer show in traditional blood or urine tests from samples taken immediately after a race but still could have an impact on a horse’s performance. "The only way we're going to stop this is by intelligence-based policing and out-of-competition testing," Cote said. “Most jurisdictions have very good drug testing,” Stanley said afterward. “We do robust testing, and most of the labs are accredited as well. Now we look at big challenges. And when you look at big challenges, you can make those mountains into molehills, or you can take them off one at a time and get them knocked down. We are doing both. We are taking the ones that have legitimate concerns for the industry, like cobalt when that came up. We found that, set a threshold, established rules and made that go away — quickly. Steroids, anabolic and corticosteroids, those now are well-regulated. This are big wins for the industry. They weren’t low-hanging fruit either. We still have some challenges that have now climbed the tree, they’re higher up. And we need to knock those off.” Stanley discussed the potential of “biological passports” as a tool, in its infancy of development for equines, that could be used in out-of-competition testing. The testing would provide a baseline result to which subsequent testing both pre-race and between races could be compared. “If they change abruptly, if the bio-markers tell us this horse was given an anabolic agent, we don’t have to detect it,” he said of the exact substance. “We’d be able to say, ‘This horse cannot naturally produce this profile. It has to be enhanced.’” “Informed testing, focused testing and targeting testing is something we need to put more emphasis on,” said ARCI president Ed Martin. “Out of competition testing should be expanded, but it’s real value doesn’t come until you’ve expended the research dollars to be able to detect the substances not being detected in the existing out-of-competition testing.” Also Tuesday: A panel of administrative veterinarians discussed keeping horses’ treatment records and the trust issues that arise among equine practitioners, horsemen and regulators as to proper use. Dr. Scott Palmer, New York’s equine medical director, said that regulators getting horses’ treatment records can benefit horsemen and veterinarians because of the research made possible. He noted that Depo-Medrol was the most popular corticosteroid used in joint injections up until 2012. Unknown at the time, the medication could pool in other tissue and stick around longer when used in hocks and stifles, trickier joints than ankles, Palmer said. “We discovered that Depo-Medrol could be found in the joint in a blood test of a horse as long as 100 days after the administration period,” he said. “The idea that you go on the (Racing Medication & Testing Consortium) guidelines and see 21 days for Depo-Medrol is a risky business. It wasn’t accurate, because there was such a variation in the amount of time that the Depo-Medrol would be discoverable in a post-race blood test.” Palmer said that, with what was learned from knowing the location of injections and the timing of administration, veterinarians were cautioned about using Depo-Medrol in the first place. He said that today in New York if a veterinarian uses Depo-Medrol, the horse must be tested for the substance before running. “That’s a good example how we can use the research findings from the medical records, the treatment records to protect people and help create a better regulatory policy,” Palmer said. A morning panel brought various perspectives on how to promote the good in horse racing while not ignoring issues facing the sport. Wagner to players: ‘Regulators do strive to get it right’ Judy Wagner, outgoing ARCI chair and horse racing’s First Lady of Handicapping, had a message for her fellow horseplayers. Wagner is the 2001 National Horseplayers Championship winner, the horseplayers’ representative on the board of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association and the vice chair of the Louisiana Racing Commission. With her one-year term as ARCI chair ending Thursday, she’ll hand the baton to chair-elect Jeff Colliton of the Washington Horse Racing Commission. “As a horseplayer — and this is a message that I want to get across to horseplayers: Regulators do strive to get it right,” she told the audience at the Charleston Marriott for the three-day conference. “We really want to make the players, everybody in the industry, feel that we have an industry of integrity. “Let handicappers know that they have a product that they can respect; they don’t have to handicap the rumors that this trainer is doping horses or whatever. And saying that, I wish that we could educate the public that there is a difference between d-o-p-e and legal medication to help the horse. There is a place for therapeutic drugs.” Committee recommends banning Clenbuterol for Quarter Horses The Quarter Horse Racing Committee voted 5-3 to recommend amending the ARCI model rule to prohibit the bronchodilator Clenbuterol in Quarter Horse and mixed-breed races, with testing in blood serum and plasma, urine and hair permitted. The recommendation now goes to the Drug Testing Standards and Practices Committee for consideration, then the Model Rules Committee and ultimately the ARCI board, if approved at each step. Clenbuterol is a useful therapeutic medication to treat respiratory ailments, but its abuse to build muscle mass sparked American Quarter Horse Association officials to request that it be completely banned in their breed. The abuse is not seen with Thoroughbreds, for which such muscle build-up could impede running that breed’s longer distances, officials said. The AQHA officials requested that the rule be breed-specific. “We don’t feel it is our job to take it away from other breeds,” said Janet VanBebber, the AQHA’s chief racing officer. “But we readily acknowledge that there is abuse within our breed of the sport.” The three racing jurisdictions voting against the recommendation said they thought it should be banned for all breeds. Ed Martin ARCI president

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