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Maryland Racing Commission approves new drug testing protocol

Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland.

On Tuesday, the Maryland Racing Commission unanimously approved a new protocol that sends positive drug tests on race horses to the executive director of the state commission instead of to the stewards, reports John Scheinman in the Thoroughbred Times.  Before the drug tests reach the executive director, they will be sent to Dr. George Maylin, director of the New York Racing and Wagering Board Testing and Research program. Maylin will determine if the drug found in the system could have enhanced the horse's performance. Once his determination is made, it will be sent to Mike Hopkins, executive director of the Maryland racing commission. Hopkins will decide if the case needs to be sent to the stewards who would determine penalties.

Hopkins has said he does not have to abide by Maylin's recommendations.

“The industry is not zero-tolerance and the industry does not want to be zero-tolerance,” Alan Foreman, vice chairman of the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium, said of instituting the process. “This rule will put Maryland in step with the other states that do this. If it is determined that it [a positive drug test] should not be reported further, that should be the end of it.”

A full report of the new protocol is set to be issued later this week.

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