Chief Commission Veterinarian
Lynn R. Hovda, RPh, MS, DVM, DACVIM
**All Veterinarians seeking to practice at the racetrack MUST meet with Dr. Hovda prior to being licensed. Vet trucks are subject to search at any time to ensure compliance with rules.**
Commission Veterinarians at Canterbury
Office Phone: 952-496-6487
Commission Veterinarians at Running Aces
Office Phone: 651-925-3949
Veterinarian Coordinator: 651-925-3946
NOTICE OF CLENBUTEROL RULE CHANGE IN QUARTER HORSES
On Thursday, April 20th, the Association of Racing Commissioners International (ARCI) voted to amend the model rules for the bronchodilator Clenbuterol to make it a prohibited substance in Quarter horse racing. The rule change also includes Thoroughbreds competing in a mixed race against Quarter horses.
The ARCI Schedule of Controlled Substances for Clenbuterol was subsequently amended to show a “limit of detection” threshold in serum, plasma, or urine with no applicable withdrawal guidelines. MRC Rule 7890.0100, subpart 12a defines the Limit of Detection (LOD) as the lowest concentration of the drug that can be detected by a particular laboratory method. Industrial Laboratory, the 2017 MRC contract laboratory, has been instructed to use the limit of detection for all Quarter horse and mixed races.
Minnesota Racing Commission (MRC) rule 7890.0110, subpart 10 states that serum or urine thresholds found in the ARCI Schedule of Controlled Therapeutic Substances are adopted by reference. This means that the change in Clenbuterol becomes effective upon publication by the ARCI and MRC. We expect publication next week.
Horsemen and women are advised to stop using Clenbuterol immediately.
Track Entrance Requirements
CANTERBURY PARK ADMISSION POLICY
Equine herpes virus (EHV-1) has become a health issue in several racetracks and training centers throughout the United States with horses showing signs of and/or dying from the neurological form of the disease. In order to safeguard the horses arriving and stabling at Canterbury Park the following policies are in place.
- All horses (including pony horses) entering the grounds for the first time must be accompanied by an original Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (health certificate) issued within ten (10) days of their arrival and a negative Coggins Test Certificate issued within 12 months of arrival. EHV-1 vaccination date and rectal temperature for each horse should be included on the health certificate. For those trainers shipping in and out, a copy of the health certificate valid for thirty (30) days will be available in the Commission’s veterinarian’s office upon request.
- Every horse entering the enclosure of the racetrack must have been vaccinated by a veterinarian with an FDA approved modified live or killed virus vaccine specific for EHV-1 not less than 14 days and not more than 4 months prior to date of entry. The specific product used and expiration date as well as the date the horse was vaccinated must appear on the health certificate.
- Repeated EHV- 1 vaccinations are not currently required after the horse has first entered the grounds.
- Vaccinations for Influenza, West Nile, and Streptococcus equi (Strangles) are recommended but not required.
- Quarter horses entering the stable area with a health certificate originating from Texas or New Mexico must have been tested for Babesia equi within the previous 12 months prior to the date or arrival. The test results must identify each horse by name and tattoo and be noted on the health certificate or attached to the health certificate.
RUNNING ACES CASINO & RACETRACK ADMISSIONS POLICY
Health Certificates: All horses entering the grounds for the first time must be accompanied by an original Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (health certificate) issued within ten (10) days of their arrival and a negative Coggins Test Certificate issued within 12 months of arrival. Rectal Temperature and an EHV-1 vaccination date for each horse should be included on the health certificate. For those trainers shipping in and out, health certificates will be valid for thirty (30) days once the Commission Veterinarian’s office has been notified and paperwork processed.
Vaccines: All horses must have been vaccinated by a veterinarian for Equine Viral Rhinopneumonitis (EHV-1 or herpes virus) not less than 14 days and not more than 6 months prior to the date of entry. The specific product used and expiration date as well as the date the horse was vaccinated must be present on the health certificate. Vaccinations for influenza, West Nile, and Streptococcus equi (Strangles) are recommended but not required.
Piroplasmosis: Horses with a health certificate originating from a state with suspect cases of Equine Piroplasmosis (EP) must also have a negative test for Babesia equi taken within the previous 12 months. Currently this includes Texas and New Mexico but is subject to change.
Our very own Dr. Bowman has received the 2017 Thoroughbred Charities of America (TCA) Award of Merit! This award is for his extensive work in re-homing and caring for retired racehorses. We are beyond fortunate to have “Doc Bowman” working with the Minnesota Racing Commission and providing a soft place for many retired racehorses to land before finding their new careers.
Health Certificate Information
- Controlled Therapeutic Substances Schedule – Updated April 2017
- Endogenous, Dietary, and Environmental Substances
- Uniform Classification Guidelines for Foreign Substances – Updated 1-9-18
THINGS TO KNOW
- Salix Requirements and Information – Running Aces
- Salix Requirements and Information – Canterbury Park
- Equine Herpes Virus 1 (EHV1 or “herpes”)
- Influenza virus
- Vesicular Stomatitis Virus