September 16, 2010

Is ITPP The Super Trainer's Drug Of Choice Today?

Andrew Cohen a columnist for Harnesslink has left best for last. His last regular column is all about a fairly new drug that is not being tested for by any jurisdiction in North America called ITPP, which is short for Myo-inositol-trispyrophosphate (NormOxys).

According to Cohen, the drug, developed in France in 2005, "makes the hemoglobin in blood release more of its oxygen, enhancing physical performance in a swift and powerful way."

This probably explains why certain trainers have unusually high win percentages. The horses that race for super trainers run out of their skin often, putting up very fast times in relation to their class. Another thing that I've observed is the ability for super trainer's horses to rebreak in the stretch, even on the poly track where the average horse has only one real run.

Cohen asks, what now? That is a great question. If I was a trainer or owner, I'd be tempted now to buy some of this stuff and try to even the playing field. There is nothing in the article about ITPP being harmful to a horse. In fact, it might be beneficial.

This new class of drugs can be potentially developed in a broad range of clinical indications where therapeutic benefit can be obtained through an increased, regulated delivery of oxygen to hypoxic tissue. Potential clinical indications include cancer, cardiovascular diseases, anemia, stroke and diabetic retinopathy. NormOxys’ lead compound, OXY111A, is currently in Phase I clinical trials.

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When given by direct injection to mice with damaged hearts in a recent experiment, it turned these couch potato mice into treadmill lovers - exercise levels rose 60%.

According to Jean-Marie Lehn of the University of Strasbourg in France, hemoglobin only releases about 25% of its oxygen during one trip through the body. But when ITPP binds to hemoglobin, it releases 35% more than usual.

One choice is to make the drug legal, something I doubt racing commission's would even consider. The other alternative is to create a test for this drug as soon as possible, and in the meantime, levy huge fines and suspensions for anyone caught using this drug or possessing it at the track or at a farm or training center.


Do I feel better knowing that there is possible solution has been found out for why super trainers exist? Yes. But it does nothing for my confidence when it comes to betting horses. One good thing about this is that reality deniers and cheaters can stop with the BS excuse "the horses are spotted well."

The second biggest problem (takeout is number one by a country mile) horse racing has is drugs. Unfortunately, like with EPO and DPO, super trainers can get away with using them for years, and when a test is finally discovered, many have moved on to the next undetectable drug.

The real solution is to have a limited list of drugs that horses can use (all other drugs would be considered illegal). Most importantly, fines and suspension need to be extremely high, and if only possible jail time could be added to the equation (it is all about defrauding the public), maybe that would enough deterrent so that potential cheaters wouldn't cheat anymore.


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1 comment:

Adrien Beaudoin said...

"The real solution is to have a limited list of drugs that horses can use"
Such a statement is not very intelligent. Where do you draw the line on the one hand between vitamins , other natural products that improve the general health of the animal and improve its performance and on the other hand synthetic drugs and other chemicals.