NASRC Convention Rated One Of Most Constructive in Series: New Officers Installed and Suggestions by Stimulation Body, Chemists Group Made, Daily Racing Form, 1953-06-12


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DR Y T pESTER Official chemist for the Illinois Racing Board spoke on stimulation and drugs at yesterdays closing session of the National Associa ¬ tion of State Racing Commissioners NASRC Convention Rated One Of Most Constructive in Series New Officers Installed and Suggestions by Stimulation Body Chemists Group Made MadeBy By CHARLES HATTON HATTONBOSTON BOSTON Mass June 11 The nine ¬ teenth convention of the National Associa ¬ tion of State Racing Commissioners which has been one of the most constructive in the history of the organization closed with a brief session here this morning The new officers were installed and chairman Hugh L Mehorter N J presided as the sports administrators heard Dr Frank R Menne Ore present the stimulation and drugs committees report Earl J Moyer Nebr the report of the resolutions committee and Dr Louis Harris retiring president of the AORC summarize the three reports prepared by the chemists association The meeting began at 930 a m and adjourned within an hour the commissioners chem ¬ ists and their guests journeying to neigh ¬ boring New Hampshire for a holiday at atWentworthbytheSea WentworthbytheSea Meet in New Jersey in 1954 1954As As Tom Testa turned this session over to Mehorter the incoming president told the commissioners I shall do my level best to do the kind of job you want Later in the meeting he said the 1954 convention will be held in New Jersey Also that the various committees will be appointed at any early date Judge Moyer adjured the commis ¬ sioners to return home and put in prac ¬ tice the suggestions of the adopted com mitee reports wherever possible possibleThere There were several suggestions prof ¬ fered by Dr Menne of the stimulation stimulationContinued Continued on Page Four NASRC Convention Rated One Of Most Constructive in Secies New Officers Installed and Suggestions by Stimulation Body Chemists Group Made MadeContinued Continued from Page One Onecommittee committee and two recommendations made by the Association of Official Racing Chem ¬ ists who met jointly with the NASRC today which were of particular interest interestDr Dr Menne did not read the text of his report to the audience The commissioners had been furnished with mimeographed copies yesterday Instead he made a few extemporaneous remarks concerning the control of drugging commenting rather favorably on the receiving barn and touch ¬ ing upon the use of batteries which he con ¬ siders as blameworthy as stimulants and depressants In time he said a horse on whom a battery has been used develops a conditioned reflex so that he reacts to simulated used of a battery in the same way wayOf Of the receiving barn he said It is a controversial subject However I was im ¬ pressed by the receiving barns in California and the system of this surveillance at grey ¬ hound tracks But I am advised that when this method is used the responsibility then is with the track and officials And the length of time drugs may be present after they are administered varies Again some animals may be upset by confinement in strange quarters The receiving barn has its good points and some others which might be considered objectionable objectionableDr Dr Menne estimated that 95 per cent of horsemen give no difficulty or fail to con ¬ form with the rules governing stimulation and other sharp practices The percentage who may be guilty of infractions is ex ¬ ceedingly small But it is this element that those whose duty it is to enforce the rules must preserve constant vigilance to ap ¬ prehend prehendThe The report of the stimulation and drugs committee contained a statement that it seems to your committee that the problem is much more comprehensive than is implied by the use of the terms Stimu ¬ lation and Drugs It involves the wider aspects of methods used thafare not in ac ¬ cord with the efforts at good breeding good feeding and good care of animals The utilization of drugs is only part of the general procedures which include chain ¬ ing nerving and conditional reflexing de ¬ vices vicesArkansas Arkansas Commission Ruling RulingThe The commission also called attention in its report that Commissioner Games a member of this committee recommends that the NASRC be apprised of a rule made by the Arkansas Commission to the effect that any party having two convictions on the record for drug stimulation shall be denied a license licenseThe The committee feels that the abolition of the 48hour rule is a good one And it complimented the work of the AORC for the great progress it has made in the methods and procedures utilized in the identification of all drugs The report quot ¬ ed the AORC statistics that of 55089 speci ¬ mens examined only 41 were positive The cost per identification of a positive speci ¬ men is considerable and the committee wondered if it would be feasible to act on suggestions examinations be made of each of the first three horses which would treble the costs It was concluded It may be necessary to hold this consideration in abeyance until we have an opportunity of evaluating the entire problem problemThis This report was adopted along with three filed by the AORC under the titles Drug Lore The Year 1952 and Drugs by Other Names authored respectively by Dr Y T Oester of the Chicago Biological Research Laboratory retiring president Lewis K Harris of the AORC and Charles E Morgan of the New York State Racing Commission Laboratory LaboratoryHarris Harris was invited to address the NASRC and in the interests of brevity presented two recommendations by the AORC The chemists suggested CA making both saliva tests and urinalisis of each horse exam ¬ ined as the records reveal that occasionally a drug is present in one specimen but not the other And B the spot checking of horses other than the winners The possi ¬ bility occurs that a horse may be stim ¬ ulated to finish second or third and avoid the tests testsPuerto Puerto Rico Made Associate Member MemberAshley Ashley Cole moved that the NASRC ac ¬ cept Puerto Ricos application for associate membership and it was so voted Puerto Ricos Angel Pesquera was recognized by the chair and thanked the commissioners warmly for their approval of the applica ¬ tion tionEarl Earl Moyer of the resolution committee then made the report of his group begin ¬ ning by expressing deep regret over the demise of John K Johnson who was a member of the Delaware commission It was voted that the NASRC express its sym ¬ pathy to his survivors survivorsMoyer Moyer also expressed the NASRCs thanks to Tom Beedem and the tracks and com ¬ missions of this area for their hospitality And he said We are indeed fortunate to have J Samuel Perlman and his DAILY RACING FORM staff cover these proceedings He also thanked the American Tote Com ¬ pany for its interest and hospitality hospitalityAshley Ashley Cole told the commissioners that copies of two papers prepared for the New York Commission on the subject of stable fires and horse identification were available to them The first is a scientific study of these tragedies revealing among other things as Cole noted that a fire in the usual bedding of a stall has more intense heat than were a horse standing in three or four inches of blazing gasoline The paper on horse identification was prepared by James J Manning PhJ3 director of the crime laboratory of the New York City Police Department This treastise deals with the identification of horses by a sort of Bertillon system of their chestnuts or night eyes eyesNo No Two Sets Alike AlikeManning Manning writes that under the univer ¬ sal horse identification system which was developed by the writer after two years of research which included the photograph ¬ ing scientific examination study and meas ¬ urement of over 500 sets of chestnuts of thoroughbreds it was found that no two sets of chestnuts were the same arid further that the distinctive shape of the chestnuts and the peripheral area of the chestnut at the skins surface present factors that en ¬ able a simple and concise method of clas ¬ sifying these chestnuts chestnutsThe The commissioners also were advised that papers are available to them on the American Teletimer Automatic Fire Alarm and Detection DetectionCharles Charles Morgans report from the AORC concerns the wordage of drugs rules and he suggests that when occasion arises for amendments of present rules the substitu ¬ tion of the word drug for all of the less comprehensive and more ambiguous terms therein is retommended for your considera ¬ tion Morgan states the definition of the worddrug The term means 1 articles recognized in the official United States Pharmacopoeia Official Homoeopathic Pharmacopoeia of the TT S or Official Na ¬ tional Formulary or any supplement to any of them and 2 articles intended for use in the diagnosis cure mitigation treat ¬ ment or prevention of disease in man or other animals and 3 articles other than food intended to affect the structure or any function of the body of man or other animals and 4 articles intended for use as a component of any articles specified in clause 1 2 or 3 but does not in ¬ clude devices or their components parts or accessories Morgan points out that with a little study it becomes apparent this def ¬ inition includes all of the words and phrases usually used to identify illegal articles in the rules rulesDr Dr Oesrers Report ReportLewis Lewis E Harris report The Year 1952 contained the two recommendations he presented in summarized form in his short address Dr Oesters report Drug Lore described the origins and actions of the four drugs caffeine strychnine benzedrine and heroin Dr Oester noted that caf Continued on Page Forty Hail NASRC Convention ConventionAs As Highly Constructive Suggestions Made by Stimulation Committee and Chemists Group GroupContinued Continued from Page Four Fourfeine feine of commerce comes from various veg able extracts a great deal now is made without the necessity for the vegetable or plant source Actually he said it stim ¬ ulates the central nervous system In ad ¬ dition to this its increases the function of muscles locally7 He pointed out that candy bars and chocolate milk given horses have been quoted as the course of caffeine in saliva tests testsOf Of strychnine Dr Oester said Although the records are not entirely clear there is the story that the first or early chem ¬ ical investigation of the practice of doping which was undertaken in Austria and France around the first part of this cen tury was a result of the suspicion of the use of strychnine In most animals in ¬ cluding the horse and man this substance products marked augmentation of respira ¬ tion In addition the speed of reaction time is improved That is one reacts faster and more quickly after the use of strych ¬ nine due to stimulation of the nervous sys ¬ tem There is no well documented evidence that strychnine produces any direct effect on either heart of other muscles musclesDiscusses Discusses Amphetamine AmphetamineTurning Turning to benzedrine or amphetamine as it is properly called since benzedrine is a trade name Dr Oester said Ampheta ¬ mine produces pronounced and prolonged effects of stimulation of the central ner ¬ vous system This means that when one is under the influence of this drug he will react quickly will think faster talk more fluently and will demonstrate more phy ¬ sical or muscular activity This drug seems to be extremely effective in prevent ¬ ing and alleviating the symptoms of fa ¬ tigue Dr Oester noted that there is much convincing evidence just now accumulat ¬ ing which tends to indicate that amphe ¬ tamine may be an addicting substance And that of 74 positive drugs cases report ¬ ed in 1951 25 cases were positive to am ¬ phetamine phetamineHeroin Heroin is the most vicious of any of the four drugs mentioned in Dr Oes ers opin ¬ ion and its manufacture use or sale now is of course completely banned in the U S by the Bureau of Narcotics Dr Oester noted The primary effects of most nar ¬ cotics are a dulling of the pain sensations and a depression of mental activity some ¬ what like that produced by alcohol Cer ¬ tain foggy or dreamy episodes are experi ¬ enced by most habitual users A state of exhilaration and excitement are commonly seen before the depression and sleepiness It is a remarkable fact about this drug that in certain species of animals namely the cat and the horse in small doses instead of symptoms of depression actual gener ¬ alized stimulation results The animals may even become very wild and maniacal under appropriate doses of heroin or mor ¬ phine phineEdward Edward B Hughes of the finance com ¬ mittee said today that it is felt the neces ¬ sary funds for the NASBCs operation may be forthcoming through the sale of the bul ¬ letin There has been some discussion of an increase in subscription rates ratesAt At 1030 a m several score of commis ¬ sioners chemists and their wives and guests boarded special buses for Wentworth bytheSea in New Hampshire where they will have luncheon and dinner as the guests of Bockingham and the state com mission before returning to their homes

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