Proposed USTA/HRMC medication policy changes for standardbred racing.

2/2/2021 UPDATE: The ARCI Scientific Advisory Group has reviewed these proposals and has not made a recommendation, specifically seeking additional information concerning research done on Standardbreds with regard to clenbuterol.

A new research paper was submitted in January, 2021 dealing with clenbuterol. This and other pending matters will be considered by the ARCI Scientific Advisory Group at an upcoming meeting in mid-February. As this matter has been pending, a recommendation from the group is being encouraged – one way or the other. That recommendation would then be considered at the next meeting of the ARCI Drug Testing Standards and Practices Committee which is yet to be scheduled.

BACKGROUND: The United States Trotting Association and the Harness Racing Medication Collaborative have proposed model rule changes affecting standardbred races only pertaining to the use of clenbuterol, betamethasome, and methylprednisolone. These proposals are pending recommendations from the RCI Scientific Advisory Group and Standardbred Racing Committees.

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