HFL Sport Science previously announced that it has been selected by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission to perform drug testing and analysis from February 2011 at its new laboratory facilities in Lexington, Kentucky, the “Horse Capital of the Word.” HFL is now proud to announce that the inaugural Director of the new Laboratory will be Professor Richard Sams, Ph.D., currently the Program Director of the Florida Racing Laboratory of the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Florida.
Professor Sams is a leader in the field of equine drug testing. He brings over 30 years experience in developing and validating new testing methods as well as studying pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of drugs and other substances in racehorses and other animals. He has held his current position at the University of Florida since 2006. Prior to 2006, he was Professor and Director of the Analytical Toxicology Laboratory of the College of Veterinary Medicine at the Ohio State University, a position he held since 1978.
Professor Sams is not a new face to the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission. In 2009, the Florida Racing Laboratory was awarded the contract from the KHRC to perform drug testing on racehorse samples collected in Kentucky.
“We are truly delighted that HFL has been able to secure such an experienced and well-respected Laboratory Director. He will do an excellent job of driving the drug testing program for Kentucky,” remarked KHRC Executive Director, Lisa Underwood. “We are excited to continue our relationship with Professor Sams. We also hope he will be interested in pursuing research projects as part of his equine program. ”
Dr. David Hall, CEO of HFL Sport Science said, “Professor Sams is an outstanding addition to the HFL team, and the best possible candidate to lead HFL’s new laboratory in the United States. HFL looks forward to building upon Professor Sams’ excellent reputation and offering state-of-the-art services to the racing community in the United States.” (HFL)