Important Note Regarding IHRC Medication Information

In 2016, the Indiana Horse Racing Commission will not be endorsing or publishing withdrawal times or thresholds.  The Commission adheres to the ARCI/RMTC research and publications regarding withdrawal times and thresholds, but they caution horsemen and women that these are simply guidelines.

The IHRC’s Medication Information Page (printed below) can be accessed at:

The IHRC’s current position on withdrawal guidelines (printed below) can be accessed at:

The information contained in this publication is provided as a public service and intended for general use.  These withdrawal guidelines are the recommendations of an independent third party (RCI/RMTC).

Any person following these withdrawal guidelines does so at their own risk. The IHRC enforces the adopted thresholds without regard to RCI/RMTC’s withdrawal guidelines. All trainers are responsible for any drug positives over the HRC’s adopted thresholds.

Indiana participates in the RCI/RMTC National Uniform Medication Program.  By clicking here ( you will be taken to the RMTC’s website.  From there, you will need to click on the Withdrawal Times Database.  After agreeing to the disclaimer, you will be taken to the list of therapeutic drugs. You will need to filter the list to see those relevant to Indiana.  Included with this list is the recommended administration and route of administration.  Please read the warning at the beginning and note the footnotes at the bottom of each page regarding disclaimers.


Medication Regulations
Article 8. Human and Equine Health (Standardbred)
Article 8.5 Human and Equine Health (Flat Racing)

Trainer Initiated Testing
Trainers should remember that they have the option to send blood samples from any horse in their stable to the lab.  Industrial Laboratories, IHRC’s primary testing laboratory offers a therapeutic medication research program.  This program provides a resource for veterinarians and horsemen to obtain clearance time information for controlled therapeutic medications that is dose-specific, administration specific, and horse specific.

Information about this testing program is available below.  Additionally, if you have any questions about our testing programs, please contact the IHRC offices and one of our Test Barn Administrators will be happy to assist you.

Industrial Laboratories Therapeutic Medication Research Program

Cobalt Testing Information
Cobalt testing is available through the University of Kentucky Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory.  Information about this testing program is available below.  Additionally, if you have any questions about our testing programs, please contact the IHRC offices and one of our Test Barn Administrators will be happy to assist you.

Submission forms for Cobalt testing:
•    UKVDL Accession Form
•    UKVDL Accession Form Continuation

*Both forms must be submitted for testing.  For additional information or for questions regarding submission please contact the University of Kentucky Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory at (859) 257-8283.

Cobalt Staff Reports
•    Result of Testing (January 2015)
•    Regulation of Cobalt (August 2014)

Cobalt Regulations
•    Standardbred
•    Flat Racing

Proof of Worker’s Compensation Insurance required

Horsemen and women racing in Indiana should pay special attention to the Indiana Horse Racing Commission’s (IHRC’s) recently announced policy on worker’s compensation insurance verification.  Beginning July 15, 2012, trainers must provide a certificate of insurance in order to show that his or her employees are covered by worker’s compensation insurance.

The certificate must include the IHRC as a certificate holder. The Certificate of Insurance can be provided in person at the time of licensure or by mail prior to licensure. If provided by mail, you should make sure that the certificate is on file at the racetrack commission office at least seven days prior to your first start.

Trainers without employees will be asked to sign an affidavit attesting that they have no employees requiring coverage.  Those trainers may be required to provide a State of Indiana Worker’s Compensation “Clearance Certificate” for each worker who does not require coverage.  Applications for a clearance certificate and applicable instructions are available online at

The IHRC has emphasized that it is the responsibility of the trainer/employer, not of the Worker’s Compensation Board or the IHRC, to determine whether an employment relationship must be covered in Indiana.  For further information, contact your private insurance carrier/agent.  If needed, you can reach the Indiana Worker’s Compensation Board at (317) 232-3808, or at

I-9 compliance
It is vital that all trainers demonstrate they are in compliance with federal Form I-9 requirements.  All U.S. employers must complete and retain a Form I-9 for each individual they hire for employment in the United States. This includes citizens and non-citizens.  This is as much for your protection as it is for compliance to regulations.

On the I-9, the employer must examine the employment eligibility and identification document(s) an employee presents, to determine whether the documents reasonably appear to be genuine and relate to the individual, and record the information on the Form I-9.  The list of acceptable documents can be found on the last page of the form.

To verify compliance, the IHRC will require trainers to produce the completed I-9’s for inspection if a written complaint has been filed or as otherwise deemed appropriate.

I-9’s are available at the IHRC licensing offices at Indiana Downs and Hoosier Park, the Indiana HBPA office, and at

IHRC changes continuing education requirement
Beginning in 2015, the IHRC has eliminated its continuing education requirement

Trainer or designee must be present at Salix administration
All trainers are responsible to have a licensed representative with each horse on race day at the time of Salix administration. The representative must be available from one hour prior to the scheduled post time for the race until Salix is administered.  The penalty for non compliance is: 1st offense — Written warning (ruling); 2nd offense — $250 fine; and,  3rd offense — $500 fine & scratch.

IHRC lowers bute thresholds and eliminates Calcium and B1
The IHRC has unanimously voted to reduce the threshold of phenylbutazone (bute) allowable in post-race samples from 5 micrograms per milliliter of serum to 2 micrograms per milliliter of serum. This change comes one full year after extensive debate by regulatory veterinarians, the Association of Racing Commissioners International (RCI), and the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC).  The withdrawal time for bute will remain at 24 hours.

Also, in accordance with a new national model rule permitting furosemide (salix) as the only drug to be administrated on race day, the IHRC has decided to prohibit the administration of calcium and vitamin B1.

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