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IRB NOTES

Illinois Racing Board

February 26, 2004

Contact: Mickey Ezzo, Mickey_Ezzo@irb.state.il.us

Adopted Amendments to Rulebook

The Board recently adopted two amendments to IRB Part 603 (MEDICATION). Specifically, Sections 603.40 (24 Hour Ban) and 603.180 (Carbon Dioxide Tests) were amended.

 

PART 603
MEDICATION
Section
603.40Twenty-four Hour Ban
603.180Carbon Dioxide Tests

Section 603.40 Twenty-four Hour Ban

Except as provided in Section 603.70:

  1. No substance shall be administered to a horse entered to race by hypodermic injection within 24 hours prior to the scheduled post time for the race in which the horse is entered.

  2. No foreign substance shall be administered to a horse entered to race, by oral administration, nasogastric tubing, topical administration that can penetrate the skin, rectal infusion, suppository, or inhalation, within 24 hours prior to the scheduled post time for the race in which the horse is entered.

(AMENDED EFFECTIVE JANUARY 19, 2004)

Section 603.180 Carbon Dioxide Tests

  1. The Board recognizes that an excess level of total carbon dioxide (TCO2) in the race horse is considered adverse to the best interests of racing and adverse to the best interest of the horse in that such condition alters its normal physiological state. Accordingly, the State Veterinarian may draw blood samples from a horse for the purpose of obtaining a TCO2 concentration.

  2. Blood samples for TCO2 shall be drawn pre-race or post-race.

  3. The TCO2 level in the blood shall not exceed:

    1. 39.0 millimoles per liter if the horse is competing on furosemide in accordance with Section 603.70 (Furosemide).
    2. 37.0 millimoles per liter if the horse is not competing on furosemide.


  4. In the event a blood sample from a horse contains an amount of TCO2 that exceeds the levels described in subsection (c), the following penalties shall apply:

    1. The first time the laboratory reports an excessive TCO2 level, the trainer shall be fined $2,000, the purse shall be redistributed and the trainer shall be ordered suspended for at least 60 days but not to exceed 90 days. In addition, the horse shall be subject to "early detention" for a period identical to the length of the trainer's suspension. "Early detention" shall be defined as pre-race guarded quarantine, on the grounds of the organization licensee, beginning no less than 6 hours prior to the scheduled post time for the first race. The licensed owner or trainer of the horse shall assign a caretaker to attend and provide surveillance until the horse is brought to the paddock or receiving barn.
    2. The second time the laboratory reports an excessive TCO2 level, the trainer shall be ordered suspended for 180 days and fined $5,000 and the purse shall be redistributed. In addition, the horse shall be subject to "early detention" for a period of 180 days.
    3. For a third or subsequent report of an excessive TCO2 level, the trainer shall be ordered suspended for two years and fined $5,000 and the purse shall be redistributed. In addition, the horse shall be subject to "early detention" for a period of 180 days.
    4. The penalties set forth in subsections (d)(2) and (3) must occur within 5 years after the penalties set forth in subsection (d)(1) are levied.


  5. If the levels of TCO2 are determined to equal or exceed those set forth in subsection (c), and the licensed owner or trainer of that horse contends in writing to the stewards within 24 hours after notification of the results that such levels are physiologically normal for that particular horse, the licensee may, by such writing, request that the horse be held in quarantine. In the event quarantine is requested, the organization licensee shall make guarded quarantine available, for a period of time to be determined by the stewards but in no event more than 72 hours, at the sole expense of the licensee. During any quarantine, the horse shall be re-tested periodically and, although the horse may not race during the quarantine period, it may be exercised and trained at times prescribed by the organization licensee, consistent with the ability to monitor the horse. The horse will only be fed hay, oats and water during the quarantine period. If the stewards are satisfied, on the basis of the evident facts, the quarantine, and the testing of the horse's blood during the quarantine period, that the level of TCO2 set forth in subsection (c) is physiologically normal for that particular horse, the stewards shall not order the relief set forth in subsection (d) and the horse shall be permitted to compete. In such case, the stewards, in their discretion, may require that the horse re-establish that the TCO2 level is physiologically normal to it pursuant to the quarantine procedure set forth in this subsection.

  6. The provisions of Section 603.120 (Referee Samples) shall not apply to blood samples drawn for the purposes of carbon dioxide testing.

(AMENDED EFFECTIVE MARCH 1, 2004)

 

 

 


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