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Bid To Stop New Kentucky Drug Rules Fails

Monday, 5th September 2005

Kentucky's new drug regulations "will go into effect when Turfway Park opens on Wednesday (September 7) after the Kentucky Horsemen's Benevolent & Protective Association lost its bid for an injunction against the stricter rules (which were passed as an emergency regulation & signed into law by Governor Ernie Fletcher on August 19)," reported thoroughbredtimes.com. Judge Roger Crittenden (who made the ruling after 2 days of testimony from state officials, trainers & veterinarians) "sided with the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority's argument that Kentucky racing is in danger of losing its integrity & that horses & jockeys could be put in peril under the previous law (which was among the most permissive in the country regarding medication)". Crittended summed up: "The testimony is that it's going to be difficult to operate under these rules, but it's not going to be impossible. They are able to run horses in other states under more restrictive guidelines." Among the drugs the new law limits are 3 non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, which the rules say can be administered no less than 24 hours before post time; it also puts new limits on the allowable levels of those drugs: Phenylbutazone, Flunixin & Ketoprofen.

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