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A Reminder on the Recommendations on Reducing the Risk of a Positive Test in Racehorses

By June 8, 2022 No Comments

MEMORANDUM TO:

Provincial Regulatory Bodies

Canadian Horse Racing Industry

Horsepersons Groups

 

FROM: Lisa Foss, Executive Director, Canadian Pari-Mutuel Agency

 

A Reminder on the Recommendations on Reducing the Risk of a Positive Test in Racehorses

 

As the 2022 racing season is gearing up, the Canadian Pari-Mutuel Agency (CPMA) is reminding trainers, owners,   veterinarians and other stakeholders of the following recommendations  to assist them in minimizing the risk of a positive test in their racehorse(s):

 

Human prescription medications and/or non-prescription supplements

  • Do not let racehorses, their feed, supplements or equipment come into contact with human medications or supplements.
  • Prohibit people from urinating or spitting in stalls.
  • Ensure that people wash their hands immediately after touching or taking medications, and before touching a racehorse or associated equipment.

 

Bedding

  • Ensure that tulip poplar and related wood is not used when bedding horses on shavings. This may result in a glaucine positive test. The use of 100% pine shavings is a safer choice.

 

Compounded medications, supplements and other natural products

  • Do not apply the CPMA’s Elimination Guidelines to compounded medications because their elimination from the horse may be different from that of an approved veterinary medication.
  • Only feed horses supplements prescribed by a veterinarian.
  • Read labels carefully to ensure that products do not contain prohibited substances.

 

Cobalt salts & vitamin B12

  • Discontinue all supplements at least 48 hours before a race. This will reduce but not eliminate the risk of a positive test result.
  • Keep in mind that longer withdrawal times may be required for horses that have received repeated doses of cobalt-containing supplements and vitamin B12 because cobalt levels can build up, resulting in elevated levels for prolonged periods of time.
  • Cease any use of multiple supplements containing cobalt or vitamin B12.

 

Cannabis

  • Do not use supplements or products derived from cannabis (e.g. CBD oil and supplements, hemp oil) on horses.
  • Do not use or allow cannabis products around horses.
  • Wash hands immediately after touching or taking cannabis products and before touching a racehorse or associated equipment.

 

Capsaicin

  • Ensure that oral supplements or other oral products containing capsaicin are not administered or fed at least 48 hours before a race. This will reduce but not eliminate the risk of a positive test result.
  • Do not feed cayenne pepper or other spices to a horse.
  • Discontinue applications of topical products (e.g. ointments, liniments) that contain capsaicin at least 48 hours before a race.

 

The CPMA strongly recommends that you

  • Consult your veterinarian on any decision to administer supplements or medications to a horse.
  • Subscribe to receive Canadian Pari-Mutuel Agency email notifications by sending an email to cpma-notifications-acpm-subscribe-request@www.agr.gc.ca Leave the subject line and body blank.

 

If you have any questions, please contact the CPMA at 1-800-268-8835 or  Please insert hypertext link to this email address aafc.cpmawebacpm.aac@agr.gc.ca

IN CONSIDERATION OF THE BENEFITS OF MEMBERSHIP

(a) I agree to abide by OHHA's constitution and by-laws and appoint and grant OHHA the right to act as my sole and exclusive agent and representative for the purposes of negotiating and executing contracts with all racetracks in the Province of Ontario and executing agreements relating to racing with any other group, body or association and I assign and transfer to OHHA, during the time I am a member, all my intellectual property rights, throughout the world, including copyrights, personality rights, and any causes of action related thereto, that I may own, arising from or related to my racing activity.

(b) I agree and consent to the terms of the Privacy Agreement of the Ontario Harness Horse Association, a copy of which is published on the Ontario Harness Horse Association's website and available to me in print on request.