Truesdail added our second UHPLC/HRMS instrument. Our drug screening protocols routinely screen for over 1800 compounds. Compounds are routinely detected in the picogram per ml range and some compounds are detectable in the high femtogram per ml range.
Recently utilization of the newer technologies for drug testing have led to substantial improvements in regulations in the sport of Horse Racing. Truesdail has, and is committed to continue to be at the forefront of technological and regulatory changes for this industry.
Truesdail was the first U.S. Lab to identify abuse of Cobalt in race horses. Cobalt, sometimes referred to as the “Poor man’s EPO” is a naturally occurring compound that is found in trace levels in all horses blood. It is believed to increase the efficiency of oxygen distribution within a horses system, giving it a significant advantage over its competitors. Unfortunately none of Cobalt’s perceived benefits have any basis in science, there are however, several negative consequences to the use of Cobalt, including; colic symptoms, muscle twitching, excessive sweating, and general discomfort. The long term effects on horses are still largely unknown, in humans excessive Cobalt is known to be a contributing factor to Thyroid Disease and heart and muscle disorders that can lead to death.