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California Begins Ban on Racehorse Steroids

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

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Racehorse Anabolic Steroid Ban Recommended in Kentucky

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

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Understanding the USEF Equine Drugs and Medications Program

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

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Dutrow Responds to Suspension Relating to Clenbuterol

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

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Big Brown's Trainer Faces Clenbuterol Positive

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

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Big Brown's Owners Adopt No-Drug Policy

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

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Racing Groups Have Say Before Washington Hearing

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

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Ban on Racehorse Steroids, Toe Grabs Recommended

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

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Bramlage, Chairman Explain Racehorse Safety Recommendations

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

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Kentucky Panel Continues Racehorse Steroid Study

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

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Big Brown Continues Triple Crown Quest

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

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Big Brown's Hoof Patch on Hold Until Friday

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

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Racehorse Steroids Rule Moves Ahead in New York

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

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California Horsemen Told to Stop Steroid Use

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

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Racehorse Steroids: More Questions Than Answers

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

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Readers Respond: Take the Pain Away

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?"

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The Steroid Debate

May 01, 2008

"Steroid" use has made headlines because of abuse in human athletes for the past decade, from Major League Baseball to track and field events. The topic has also become hot in the horse industry, from steroid use for bulking up young horses in... Read More

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New Drug Protocol Planned for Hong Kong Olympic Horses

April 11, 2008

The international equestrian federation (Fédération Equestre Internationale, FEI) is stepping up the fight against medication use in equine athletes to avoid a repeat of the situation following the 2004 Athens Olympics.

"Athens wa... Read More

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Steroid Regulation Efforts Turning a Corner

March 27, 2008

Anyone who caught the opening comments of the March 26 medication roundtable in Austin, Texas, but left early and returned at its conclusion would have thought the worst--an industry meeting on the divisive topic of use of drugs in racehorses ha... Read More

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Virginia: Free Pre-Race Steroids Tests

March 22, 2008

The Virginia Racing Commission will offer free pre-race testing for anabolic and androgenic steroids in horses that race at Colonial Downs this year.

The commission, at its March 19 meeting, unanimously adopted regulations and penalties... Read More

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Racing Medication Group Moving Ahead with Steroid Work

March 20, 2008

The Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) will hold its spring board of directors meeting March 25 in conjunction with the Association of Racing Commissioners International annual convention in Austin, Texas.

The RMTC will receive an... Read More

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Soiled Bedding Serves as a Vehicle for Drug Contamination

March 08, 2008

Researchers found that soiled bedding appears to be a principle vehicle for contamination.... Read More

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Pennsylvania Racehorse Test Results: 98.8% Steroid-Free

March 05, 2008

Nearly all of the more than 2,000 samples tested for anabolic steroids in Pennsylvania racehorses during a two-month period came back negative, state officials said March 4.

A model rule for regulation of steroids in Pennsylvania will be... Read More

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Congressman Criticizes Racehorse Drug Policy

February 27, 2008

U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield of Kentucky opened a Feb. 27 congressional hearing on the use of steroids in sports by claiming leaders of horse racing have repeatedly failed on promises to self-regulate medication issues.

Whitfield, a Republican... Read More

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Timing of Steroid Study Could Impact Regulations

February 26, 2008

The Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) has funded a research project to study threshold levels and withdrawal times of four approved anabolic steroids. But the timing of the study, which should be completed by August, could make it... Read More