A new Condition of Sale has been announced by Keeneland that will permit buyers of yearlings and horses in training that are being exported to Great Britain, or via other countries (the list presently includes France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, and Sweden) the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) considers to have similar policies, within a period of 60 days of purchase to be tested for anabolic androgenic steroids and substances prohibited by the BHA.

This condition was created in response to the Equine Anti-Doping Rules of the BHA, which is a zero tolerance policy for horses that are imported to Great Britain for training and racing that became effective March 2, 2015.

In 2008, Keeneland implemented a policy regarding testing for the use of anabolic steroids in yearlings sold at its auctions and no horse has tested positive.

Keeneland President and CEO Bill Thomason remarked our British and European buyers will have added confidence by implementing this new Condition of Sale that horses bought here can train and race in Great Britain. BHA Director of Raceday Operations and Regulation Jamie Stier remarked the BHA’s Equine Anti-Doping Rules that include a zero-tolerance approach to anabolic steroids that the British Horseracing Authority considers to have no place at any stage in the life of a racehorse, were implemented in March 2015 and ensures that British racing not only adheres to, but exceeds where possible, the IFHA’s international minimum standards on this issue. The BHA Director of Raceday Operations and Regulation also added these Rules, like all BHA Rules of Racing, do not seek to regulate any international racing or breeding industries. Stier also commented that we however welcome the proactive, constructive and collaborative approach taken by Keeneland to offer this extra service to their customers who are intending to purchase a horse to enter the British market.

The 2015 September Yearling Sale of Keeneland will be held from September 14-26. At the time of sale, the buyer will be expected to check the appropriate box for British Horseracing Authority testing on the Acknowledgement of Purchase and Security Agreement for horses that will be exported to Great Britain within 60 days of purchase. This box may be checked by the buyer if there is an intention to export the horse to France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland and Sweden within 60 days, before then exporting it in a direct way to Great Britain.

Under the new Condition of Sale, a blood sample will be arranged by Keeneland to be taken by a veterinarian on an immediate basis after purchase and prior to the horse leaving the sales grounds. This blood sample will be sent to a laboratory in England selected by the British Horseracing Authority. Furthermore, the buyer will initially bear expenses of the test but the cost will shift to the consignor if the test results are positive. The buyer has the right within 24 hours of notification to rescind the sale and return the horse to the consignor if the BHA post-sale test is positive for anabolic steroids.

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