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Chief Commission Veterinarian

Lynn R. Hovda, MS, DVM

**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


2017 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.

         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. Temperatures 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.

        Vaccinations:

  • 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 vaccination and vaccination date must appear on the health certificate.
  • Repeated vaccinations are not currently required after the horse has first entered the grounds.

    Piroplasmosis:

  • Quarter horses entering the stable area with a health certificate originating from Texas or New Mexico must have been tested for Theileria equi and Babesia caballi 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.

2017 RUNNING ACES CASINO & RACETRACK ADMISSIONS POLICY 

Vaccines: All horses must have been vaccinated for Equine Viral Rhinopneumonitis (EHV-1 or herpes virus) no less than 14 days and within the prior 6 months and the specific product used, and vaccine date present on the health certificate. Vaccinations for influenza and Streptococcus equi (Strangles) are recommended.

Health Certificates: All horses entering the grounds for the first time must be accompanied by a 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. Temperatures 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.

Piroplasmosis: Horses entering the stable area with a health certificate originating from Texas or New Mexico must have been tested for Theileria equi and Babesia caballi 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.


Veterinarian’s List


AWARD ANNOUNCEMENT

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.

 


 Resources


Health Certificate Information

ARCI INFORMATION

THINGS TO KNOW

INFECTIOUS DISEASES

**Equine Disease Communication Center**

MINNESOTA STATUTES AND RULES


LINKS

Upcoming Events

  1. Full Commission Meeting

    December 21 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm


Integrity Hotline Info

Phone: 952.496.7950 or 651.925.3951
Email: mrcintegrity@state.mn.us