Ky. Derby, Oaks Out-of-Competition Tests Come Back Clean

Ky. Derby, Oaks Out-of-Competition Tests Come Back Clean

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Out-of-competition testing on more than 75 horses nominated to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands and Longines Kentucky Oaks, as well as other stakes on the May 2-3 cards at Churchill Downs in Louisville, came back clean, the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KHRC) said.

Tests were performed at LGC Science Group, formerly known as HFL Sport Science, in Lexington, Ky., the KHRC said the morning of May 2.

"I am pleased to say that all of the test results were negative," KHRC equine medical director Mary Scollay, DVM, said. "Sampling was performed over the two weeks preceding this weekend's racing. Other racing jurisdictions assisted the KHRC by sampling horses based out of state.

"We believe that out-of-competition testing is critical to the integrity of these events and appreciate the high level of cooperation we have received from horsemen and regulators alike in implementing this program," she added.

All of the Oaks and Derby entrants, as well as a random cross-section of horses nominated to run in stakes May 2-3, were tested under Kentucky statutes that govern pari-mutuel horse racing.

Scollay said the actual testing of samples began about 2 1/2 weeks before race day. She said the KHRC was tracking nominations and horses that would be eligible for the Derby and Oaks for a few months.

"We ended up sampling horses that were not going to race (May 2-3), Scollay said.

As for post-race testing, Scollay said urine and blood samples would be sent to the LGC Science Group each evening after the races, and screening results should be available toward the end of the day May 6.

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Tom LaMarra

Tom LaMarra, a native of New Jersey and graduate of Rutgers University, has been news editor at The Blood-Horse since 1998. After graduation he worked at newspapers in New Jersey and Pennsylvania as an editor and reporter with a focus on municipal government and politics. He also worked at Daily Racing Form and Thoroughbred Times before joining The Blood-Horse. LaMarra, who has lived in Lexington since 1994, has won various writing awards and was recognized with the Old Hilltop Award for outstanding coverage of the horse racing industry. He likes to spend some of his spare time handicapping races.

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