Drug Testing


Kentucky Horse Racing Group Proposes Steroid Ban

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


Splitting Hairs: New Drug Test Uses Hair, Not Urine

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


Breeders' Cup Adopts Tough Steroids Rule

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


Elective Drug Testing Offered for All Olympic Horses

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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