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HIWU Suspends 19 Horses Due to Joint Injections

A week after the Equestrian Integrity and Safety Authority said it would delay enacting sanctions on horse riders for violating a ban related to pre-workout intra-articular injections, The organization has released a list of 19 horses temporarily suspended for 30 days for allegedly violating this rule.

HISA said: “Insured horses were found to have had intra-articular injections within seven days of timed training and are reported to be currently ineligible to race or show off within 30 days of injection. to protect the health of horses,” said HISA. in a statement released on July 7. “However, they may still be able to jog and gallop during this period. The List of Covered Horses applies to this, effective March 3. July, is now posted on the HIWU website and will be updated regularly.

“HISA will continue to apply its rules equally and fairly to all race participants and will continue to work to ensure race participants are fully informed of the HISA rules and how to ensure compliance.”

HIWU is the Horseracing Integrity and Welfare Unit, the arm of HISA responsible for developing and implementing its Anti-Doping and Drug Control program. HIWU is the unit that publishes the list of suspended horses. The horses were suspended for violations of Rule 3314 and Rule 4222. Rule 3314 controls the use of controlled substances and methods of dosing by requiring that their use be supported by justifiable and demonstrable medical need. Rule 4222 prohibits intra-articular injections on race day, within 14 days prior to race posting time, and within seven days prior to any reported and timed training sessions.

The lack of clarity on Rule 4222 is what prompted HISA to announce on June 30 that it would not impose a 60-day suspension on horsemen involved in violations of this rule. HISA CEO Lisa Lazarus said earlier that the Agency would spend the first few weeks of July ensuring that the cavalrymen understood the rule well with the intention of imposing sanctions after July 15. .

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According to HIWU documentation and as outlined in HISA’s July 7 statement, insured horses determined to be ineligible will not be allowed to participate in timed training or races, or report.

Of the 19 horses listed as temporarily suspended between June 21 and July 17, 18 have featured multiple published works on Equibase and or the race started in no time. eligible. Three of the horses hang—borgobythesea , Let’s go mark And Trust me —all won races during their disqualification.

Temporarily suspending horses under the ADMC . program

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Trust Me Wins Optional Claims June 16 at Gulfstream Park

HISA director of communications Mandy Minger told BloodHorse that HIWU did not anticipate the large number of violations related to this rule and, due to the novelty of the ADMC program, handled the cases and sent notices promptly. possible.

“The riders continue to train and race their horses before any notice is received, so (horses and trainers) will not receive any punishment,” Minger said, adding that Horses that have raced and won will not be disqualified. “HISA is reviewing the rule and procedure and will issue notice by July 15 regarding the status of the rule and related procedures after July 15. In addition, there are many other potential ADMC violations. needs to be investigated and/or handled, creating a much larger workload than expected.HISA and HIWU’s top priority is the safety and welfare of individual horses and the measures taken to address concerns about this activity.”

Horses that are not HIWU-listed ineligible are housed with 17 different trainers. Two of the horses have yet to start for the first time, so the record trainer is not immediately available. Trainers represented by these horses include Victor Carrasco, Norm Casse, Brian Cook, Joseph Davis, John Ennis, Adan Farias, David Fawkes, Adriel Gonzalez, Monica McGoey, Carlos Munoz, Pedro Nazario, Betty Ott, Todd Pletcher, Linda Rice, Joe Sharp, Jack Sisterson and Michael Stidham.


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