12/11/2012 5:02PM

Arkansas lowers allowable bute level

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The Arkansas Racing Commission on Tuesday adopted an amendment that lowers the allowable level of phenylbutazone, commonly called bute, in a horse's system, according to Ron Oliver, the organization's executive director. The change will go into effect with the start of the Oaklawn Park meet on Jan. 11.

Bute is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory. The new threshold level is 2.0 micrograms per milliliter of blood, said Oliver. The previous threshold had been 5.0 micrograms per milliliter of blood except in graded stakes, when the standard was 2.0.

Oliver said the change is one being made in several states. 

In other business, the commission approved racing officials for the upcoming Oaklawn meet. Oliver said there was one change from last season. Kevin Seymore has been hired as the new track superintendent, replacing Jamie Richardson, who became the assistant track superintendent at Churchill Downs.

The wagering format for the Oaklawn meet was also approved, and there were no changes from last season, said Oliver.