Mandatory DQ of Horses (Active)

The current ARCI Penalty Guidelines permit racing officials to consider mitigating circumstances as to whether a horse with a positive test for a prohibited drug should be disqualified. While horses found to have a prohibited drug in their system are usually DQ’d, the penalty guidelines do permit the Stewards to mitigate that action and allow the horse to stand, particularly when a finding of a lesser substance is detected.

The Racing Medication and Testing Consortium proposes a review of this matter and the possible elimination of this discretion for some substances.

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