COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado (AP) – A deal for the US anti-doping agency to control drug control in horse racing crashed Thursday after months of negotiations that the agency’s CEO said “have no reasonable chance of finding a credible and” effective program. “
USADA was set to become the anti-doping and drug control regulator for whole-blood races, under the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act, scheduled to go into effect next July.
But in a surprise announcement, CEO Travis Tygart said the deal had stalled.
“Although we have desperately tried to reach an agreement to implement the program without compromising our values, we have always said that passing the laws and finalizing uniform, robust rules will be great victories for the equine industry,” said Tygart.
He made no disclosure of the disagreements that led to the failure of the deal.
The lack of uniform rules across the country came into focus after Medina Spirit tested positive for a banned substance after the Kentucky Derby. A key issue was the length of time required to confirm the test with a “B” sample, which was required to confirm positive.
USADA said part of its program provided faster processing of the “B” sample.
Medina Spirit ended up racing and finishing third in the Preakness, the second stage of the Triple Crown, although his win in the Kentucky Derby was controversial.
Earlier this month, Medina Spirit collapsed and died after training in Santa Anita.
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