August 4, HEBRON, KY —The Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) board of directors voted today to support a requirement that furosemide only be administered on race day by regulatory veterinarians. The board also voted its support for the elimination of adjunct bleeder medications as well as enhanced security measures and a more severe penalty structure for medication violations.
NTRA President Alex Waldrop presented the recommendations of an RMTC committee studying the administration of furosemide and adjunct bleeder medications. In response to his report, the RMTC board voted to approve the committee’s recommendations and to develop a Model Rule. This Model Rule will be presented to the Association of Racing Commissioners International (RCI) for implementation.
“This Model Rule is designed to cause the regulatory community to assume the responsibility for the race day administration of furosemide,” Waldrop said. “Administration of any other medications on race day, including adjunct bleeder medications, shall be strictly prohibited. These steps will eliminate the need for private veterinary involvement on race day.”