Attention Horsemen: Cobalt Regulations effective August 1

On August 1, 2015 the regulation establishing a threshold for Cobalt will be effective. Any horse whose blood specimen is found to exceed 25 nanograms per milliliter of blood plasma or serum shall be considered a positive finding. The Stewards and Judges shall be instructed to apply this regulation in the following manner:

  • A horse which tests between 25 nanograms per milliliter of blood plasma or serum and 50 nanograms per milliliter of blood plasma or serum shall be placed on the vets list and not be permitted to start in a race until the horse tests below 25 nanograms per milliliter of blood plasma or serum. All costs associated with any retesting shall be paid for by the owner of the horse.
  • A horse that exceeds 50 nanograms per milliliter of blood plasma or serum shall be disqualified, the trainer of the horse shall be suspended and/or fined at the discretion of the Stewards or Judges and assessed points under the multiple medication violation point system. As previously stated the horse shall be placed on the vets list and not permitted to start in a race until the horse tests below 25 nanograms per milliliter of blood plasma or serum. All costs associated with retesting the horse shall be paid for by the owner of the horse.

Michael Hopkins
Executive Director
Maryland Racing Commission

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