RMTC to auction halters to raise money for tactical research

Posted: Nov. 18, 2017

In an effort to raise funds to pay for tactical research, the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium will auction halters of well-known racehorses and stallions.

All proceeds from the auction will go toward the RMTC’s four-year grant program beginning in 2018 to encourage tactical research into the detection and identification of illicit substances. The RMTC is pursuing contributions from other industry groups and individuals to match funds provided by the RMTC; the funding level has not been finalized but is expected to be at least $500,000.

The auction will be held from Nov. 24-Dec. 1 via the RMTC eBay page.

“This program will provide researchers a consistent funding source for critical tactical research projects,” RMTC Executive Director Dr. Dionne Benson said. “This initiative will enable us to make significant advances in targeting emerging threats and developing new techniques to test for them—both of which are essential to effectively regulating our sport.”

Racehorse halters offered in the auction include Always Dreaming, Arrogate, Forever Unbridled, Gun Runner and Girvin. Halters of other racing standouts include Beholder, Funny Cide, Lava Man, Rachel Alexandra, Serena’s Song and Songbird. Stallion halters offered include Corona Cartel, Ghostzapper, Lea, Malibu Moon, Mucho Macho Man, Nyquist, Point Given, Shackleford and Uncle Mo.

The RMTC said it would like to thank Adena Springs, Asmussen Racing, Brad Grady, Calumet Farm, Claiborne Farm and Adele Dilschneider, Coolmore America, Country Life Farm, Dallas Stewart, Darby Dan Farm, Darley, Denali Stud, Doug O’Neill Racing, Fox Hill Farm, Juddmonte, Lazy E Ranch, Spendthrift Farm, Stonestreet Farms, Taylor Made Farm, The Kentucky Horse Park Hall of Champions, West Point Thoroughbrds and WinStar Farm for their donations.

The RMTC consists of 23 racing industry stakeholders and organizations that work to develop and promote uniform rules, policies and testing standards at the national level; coordinate research and educational programs that seek to ensure the integrity of racing and the health and welfare of racehorses and participants; and protect the interests of the racing public.