Barretts Plans To Limit Clenbuterol Use at Juvenile Auctions

All the details have not been finalized, but Barretts Equine Limited plans to prevent consignors from treating their juvenile sale horses with clenbuterol within 72 hours of presale under tack shows. The California auction company also plans to change the focus of its drug testing for under tack shows from blood to urine. Blood will continue to be used for post-sale testing conducted under the requirements of the California Horse Racing Board.

Clenbuterol is a drug commonly used for treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. The change involving clenbuterol is similar to the ones announced previously by the Ocala Breeders' Sales (OBS) Company and Fasig-Tipton (a Lexington, Ky. auction company). The ban on clenbuterol involves only Fasig-Tipton's select Calder juvenile sale, but affects all OBS sales of 2-year-olds in training. Keeneland, which bases its regulations on Kentucky's rules of racing, also limits the use of clenbuterol at its juvenile actions.

"We didn't have much conversation here about clenbuterol last year at our sales," said Gerald McMahon, Barrettss' vice president and general manager. "But based on the national dialogue about clenbuterol and what OBS and Fasig-Tipton have done, we thought it (banning clenbuterol) was the right thing to do."

The decision to emphasize urine instead of blood in drug testingwas based on "advice from our lab and my own experience that the blood sample was too small to be screened properly," McMahon said. If urine can't be collected from a horse following an under tack show, blood will be tested.

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Deirdre Biles

Deirdre Biles is the Bloodstock Sales Editor for The Blood-Horse magazine.

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