Steroid ban on Breeder’s cup expandedThe Breeder’s cup recently expanded its steroid ban to include drugs in two classifications for the two-day championships to be held at Santa Anita on November 6 – 7, 2009.

These drugs are broken down based on several criteria like its pharmacology, ability to influence the horse’s performance, and its therapeutic uses, if any.

Class 1 drugs include opiates and opium derivatives; synthetic opioids; psychoactive drugs; amphetamines and amphetamine-like drugs. There are 51 known drugs in this class of stimulants and depressant drugs.

Class 2 drugs include lidocaine, epogen, caffeine and snake venoms. There are around 350 drugs known under this classification.

These two classifications are an addition to the usual anabolic steroid testing, which only started last year, EPO testing conducted 10 days before the event and TCO2 or milkshake testing.

According to CEO and Breeder’s Cup president, Greg Avioli, these additions will help strengthen the preservation of integrity and protection of their athlete’s welfare at the world’s championships.

Trainers of horses found to test positive for these drugs will be suspended for a year from the 2010 event. Trainers who will commit the same offense three times will be permanently banned from participating in the Breeder’s Cup. The horses will also be ineligible to participate in the competition.

From The Canadian Press:

“The establishment of these new regulations strengthens our number one priority of preserving the integrity of our competition and protecting the welfare of our athletes at the world championships,” Breeders’ Cup president and CEO Greg Avioli said Monday.