03/12/2014 11:30AM

New York Gaming Commission to consider gelding notification rule


The New York Gaming Commission on Wednesday afternoon will consider a rule requiring horsemen to notify track personnel within 72 hours of gelding a horse if the horse is gelded on-track, according to a listing of agenda items added to the commission’s website.

The rule requiring notification of a first-time gelding builds on an existing Jockey Club rule that requires horsemen to “promptly” report the information to the industry’s registry. The New York rule would require trainers to notify the racing secretary at the track where the procedure is performed within 72 hours of the operation. If the procedure is performed off-track, the rule requires the owner or trainer of the horse “to report the alteration at or before the time the horse is entered to race.”

The gelding rule is one of a number of regulations that the gambling commission is set to consider on Wednesday, including a rule on clenbuterol use that would allow Standardbred horsemen to continue to administer the bronchial dilator up to 96 hours prior to a race. The commission had earlier proposed aligning the clenbuterol rule with a regulation prohibiting the administration of the drug to Thoroughbred horses within 14 days of a race, but backed off of the effort under intense pushback by Standardbred interests.

In the meeting materials published on the gambling commission’s website, the commission also states that it will consider a change to an existing rule regarding the list of 24 approved medications for Thoroughbred racing by omitting the “proposed zero (limit of detection) threshold” for the drugs that are not on the approved list.

The materials stated that the commission should consider the omission of the language because the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium and the Association of Racing Commissioners International “have altered course and now urge all racing commissions not to adopt such a uniform and strict approach for ‘unapproved’ drugs.” The RMTC and RCI have led the effort to devise the list of approved drugs and shepherd them through racing commissions.

The term “zero-tolerance” is generally avoided by many racing chemists and regulators because of the implication that trace amounts of any prohibited substance found in a post-race sample are always called as positives. In reality, testing laboratories in all sports do not test for many substances below certain levels of detection to avoid calling positives for substances at extremely low concentrations, especially for known environmental contaminants like cocaine or easy-to-detect but short-acting drugs like the painkiller naproxen.

Dr. Dionne Benson, the executive director of the RMTC, said that the RMTC and RCI recently decided to back away from the notion that there would be “zero-tolerance” for any substance not on the approved list because of the false impression among some horsemen that trace amounts of any other drug would result in a violation. She said racing laboratories are being told to continue to use the detection limits already in place for many commonly used drugs.

“We’re encouraging the commissions to tell their laboratories that if they already have testing thresholds in place, they do not need to phase them out,” Benson said.

At the same time, Benson cautioned that drugs such as dermorphin, a banned painkiller derived from a toxic skin secretion produced by South American frogs, would result in a stiff penalty at any level of detection.

“There are some things out there that obviously do not belong in a horse at any level of concentration,” Dr. Benson said.


mikey More than 1 year ago
The names on the door at the racing comm must say M MOUSE D DUCK
Kell More than 1 year ago
i see that in their wisdom the money grubbing brains at the DRF hid this story 3 pages back...
Kell More than 1 year ago
also,,can someome tell me when motion's gelding...the one that just won the tampa bay derby was gelded?..that would have been a home-run for some if they saw that in the PP's
Kell More than 1 year ago
yes,,,now all we need(and something i have wanted forever) is for you jerks at the DRF to show this in the PP..how hard is that??? but you have no trouble rasing the price on the form and the final slap in our faces is to charge us to read some stories on line!! oh what depths you have sunk..to look back at this once great publication,what is was and what it has become
Chuck Seddio More than 1 year ago
it is a big deal,i can usually tell if a horse has laid off at least 30 days,it takes about that much time to start workouts again. he will be listed as a gelding in the form but they wont tell you if it is first time. only a few times on the ny ckt they will tell you if it is first time gelding ONLYif in the form the horse is still listed as a horse. another peeve is first time breathing op,flipped palate etc. drf does a horrible job providing this info. after all the ultimate equip change is first time geld
Kell More than 1 year ago
yes exactly thats another thing we should know..if a horse was scoped..flipped a palate...you bet your butt they do a poor job,,but i bet you THEY HAVE THIS INFO and arre scoreing buckets of cash...maybe it's time to switch to the other PP providers i mean,,this once glourious publication has NO issue with it's customers bleeding us dry to read their stories...believe me there are other,,FREE outlets to get info from
mikey More than 1 year ago
How about when a horse has any kind of medicial procedure done.Their are other things that can make a horse run better.As a bettor i would like to know when a horse has had something done that might help.proformance.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The tired argument has always been that the DRF couldn't report first time geldings because they didn't have he information. But that the race when a horse first appeared on the track as a gelding isn't indicated in the Form is disdainful to the readers..
G More than 1 year ago
It is long past time when the greatest equipment change should be reported to the public. First time gelding is a huge change and usually maks a big difference. I feel the date of the gelding should be reported so you can compare workouts before and after.
WWW More than 1 year ago
how about getting the "gelding" information passed on to the public?.....And DRF should make this info available to their paying customers.....FFS, my annual Formualtor subscription costs me about $1500 per year. GET ON THE BALL(S)!!