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North Dakota approves regulations for horse doping

FARGO, N.D. (AP) - The North Dakota Racing Commission has approved medication rules and penalty guidelines recommended by a national group seeking uniform standards for horse doping.

The commission is backing a plan endorsed by the Association of Racing Commissioners International, or RCI. It has regulations for 26 therapeutic medications allowed to be administered to horses in certain dosages.

State racing director Gunner laCour says model medication rules are important for the industry and horsemen are worried the federal government will intervene if the industry fails to adopt uniform standards.

Larry Eliason, executive director of the South Dakota Commission on Gaming, says his state generally follows the RCI guidelines for horse doping, especially when it comes to determining penalties for violations.

North Dakota has live horse racing at two tracks, in Fargo and Belcourt.