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Has Drug Testing Gone Too Far?

In horse racing, where opinions are a many, and frequently heated, there is perhaps no more passionate debate in the interests of the betterment of the sport than the role of medications in racing. It’s an issue that has played out in tribunals and courtrooms in every racing jurisdiction in North America. The United States Congress has been lobbied to pass the Horse Racing Integrity Act, a push for uniform medication rules across every region of racing in the United States. Even Buckingham Palace, the bastion of propriety, was sent off kilter when The Queen’s mare Estimate, tested positive for trace amounts of morphine after running at 2014 Royal Ascot and had to forfeit her second-place prize. At stake is not just whether race-day and therapeutic medications are necessary, but whether testing is doing its job of weeding out the horsepeople who attempt to skirt the system to give their…

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