Study Confirms Hair Use For Long-Term Detection Of Bisphosphonates

A new study, called for in 2019 by the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation found that hair testing can be used to consistently detect bisphosphonates for up to six months after administration. The study was on the use of hair as a matrix for the long-term detection of bisphosphonates in horses, the organization said in a release Thursday. "Over the past few years, bisphosphonate use has become a concern with regard to the welfare of Thoroughbred racehorses," said Jamie Haydon, president of Grayson. "We are very thankful for the generous support...

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As HISA Medication Program Nears Launch, Key Points Raised

This past year, the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act (HISA) has encountered more legal scrutiny than Leona Helmsley's last will and testament. But as of writing, no court action prevents the law's anti-doping and medication control (ADMC) program from going into effect on March 27 in all but three states—Texas, West Virginia and Louisiana—pending Federal Trade Commission approval. To prepare for launch, Mary Scollay, the Horseracing Integrity & Welfare Unit's (HIWU) chief of science, has been racking up frequent flier points on a whistle-stop tour of the country's horsemen's groups. On Monday...

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