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BC Conducted Under Uniform National Medication Reforms
This weekend's Breeders' Cup World Championships – racing's most prestigious global event featuring 13 Gr1 races and prize-money totalling US$26 million – will for the first time be held under newly enacted national uniform medication reforms adopted in California and currently in the process of being adopted and implemented in other racing jurisdictions across the United States, reports horseracingnation.com. Breeders' Cup runners will compete under California regulations and house rules that enforce three of the national reforms regarding medications, furosemide (Lasix) administration and accredited laboratory testing. Effective October 1, California adopted the Controlled Therapeutic Medication Schedule establishing permitted thresholds for medications that have been recognized as necessary for the routine treatment of illness or injury in the horse. Protocols will be in place again this year requiring third-party administration of furosemide as well as enhanced security, meaning limited access to horses on race day. Post-race testing of Breeders' Cup runners will be conducted at the internationally renowned University of California-Davis Kenneth L. Maddy Equine Analytical Chemistry Laboratory. "We commend Breeders' Cup Limited, the California Horse Racing Board, Santa Anita Park, the Thoroughbred Owners of California and the entire California racing industry for taking these important steps, and we look forward to the day when every jurisdiction in the country will have enacted these important reforms," said Dr Dionne Benson, Executive Director of the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC).