August 16, 2008
Kentucky racing officials have pushed forward a steroid ban for racehorses they're calling the toughest in the country.
The Kentucky Equine Drug Research Council approved a measure Thursday that would hit trainers with severe penalties--up... Read More
August 05, 2008
German researcher Patricia Anielski is raising the bar when it comes to drug testing in horses. Anabolic steroids such as testosterone propionate can be detected in hair samples to identify current and even previous abuse of the substance.... Read More
August 03, 2008
Trainers of horses that test positive for anabolic steroids at this year's Breeders' Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Park (Oct. 24-25) will face a one-year suspension from the event, and trainers who violate steroid regulations three times... Read More
July 28, 2008
The Hong Kong Jockey Club's racing laboratory will be offering post-arrival elective testing for all horses coming to Hong Kong for the Beijing 2008 Olympic and Paralympic equestrian events at the request of the Fédération Equestre International... Read More
July 24, 2008
Effective Aug. 1, the California Horse Racing Board will strictly enforce all regulations concerning anabolic steroids and will no longer issue "unofficial notices" when the test samples reveal unauthorized levels of anabolic steroids. There has... Read More
July 17, 2008
A subcommittee of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission has unanimously recommended that anabolic steroids be banned in horse racing in the state.
"The use of anabolic androgenic steroids shall be banned in horses competing in pari-mutuel... Read More
July 17, 2008
The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) is the national governing body for equestrian sport and is a member of the U.S. Olympic Committee. The USEF is responsible for enforcing the rules of 27 breeds and disciplines. Formerly this... Read More
June 28, 2008
Trainer Rick Dutrow Jr. addressed the media at his own request June 27 outside his Aqueduct barn to set the record straight on his 15-day ban in Kentucky for an overage of the bronchodilator clenbuterol in Salute the Count, the runner-up of the... Read More
June 25, 2008
A horse trained by Rick Dutrow tested positive for twice the allowable level of the bronchodilator clenbuterol, which helps burn fat and promote muscle growth, the New York Times reported June 25.
The Kentucky Horse Racing Authority... Read More
June 23, 2008
International Equine Acquisitions Holdings (IEAH) Stables--the partnership that races Big Brown--has taken the first bold step in securing a no-drug policy in racing by announcing Monday that all its horses starting Oct. 1 will race without any... Read More
June 19, 2008
As the House Subcommittee on Commerce and Consumer Protection prepared for a June 19 hearing on the horseracing industry, groups continued to weigh in on various issues, including use of anabolic steroids in racehorses.
On June 18, the... Read More
June 18, 2008
The Thoroughbred Safety Committee announced June 17 that it is recommending the elimination of steroids in race training and racing, a ban on toe grabs, and a series of whip-related reforms, all aimed at improving safety and integrity in... Read More
June 18, 2008
Following the recommendations The Jockey Club's Thoroughbred Safety Committee made regarding the elimination of steroids, ban of toe grabs, and changes in whip usage, chairman... Read More
June 17, 2008
A committee of the Kentucky Equine Drug Research Council is continuing to gather information on anabolic steroids and is not yet ready to make a recommendation to the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority.
Jim Smith, DVM, who chairs the committee,... Read More
June 05, 2008
Big Brown hit the Belmont Park track early June 5 with a morning jog around the sloppy and sealed main track about 5:45 EDT. With Michelle Nevin aboard, the colt traveled through the paddock, out of the tunnel, and onto the main track.
Nevi... Read More
June 03, 2008
Big Brown's cracked left front hoof is improving with each passing day, so trainer Rick Dutrow Jr. is waiting until Friday to have a patch applied.
Hoof specialist Ian McKinlay suggested putting the patch on Saturday, the morning of the Belmon... Read More
May 30, 2008
The New York State Racing and Wagering Board (NYSRWB) on May 29 passed proposed restrictions on use of anabolic steroids in racehorses for Thoroughbred and Standardbred racing.
Based on a national model rule supported by the Racing... Read More
May 25, 2008
If your horse is being treated with anabolic steroids and you plan to race in California, the time to stop administering them is now.
That's the word from Richard Shapiro, chairman of the California Horse Racing Board, and Rick Arthur, DVM, th... Read More
May 21, 2008
The complicated nature of regulating anabolic steroids in racehorses came to light May 20 when discussion among members of the Kentucky Equine Drug Research Council and others seemed to indicate the easiest route is an all-out ban on the substances... Read More
May 07, 2008
Nearly 1,200 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "What concerns do you have about short- and long-term pain management in horses?"