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Sunday 08, Jan 2012

  Top Jamaica horses withdrawn from meet

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The last-minute withdrawal of some of the best horses from Jamaica from the December 3 Caribbean National Racing Challenge raceday at Santa Rosa Park in Trinidad and Tobago has sparked off a firestorm of criticism about drug testing in local racing.

Eighteen local horses were nominated at various stages for the rich race meet that attracted entries from Jamaica, Barbados, and St Lucia, in addition to the Trinidadian runners.

Dr Paul Wright, owner’s representative for the three horses who will race in Trinidad and Tobago, said steroids use is rampant at Caymanas Park.

Wednesday 14, Dec 2011

  Quarter Horse World Champion found to have excess clenbuterol

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According to a recently released California Horse Racing Board complaint, Freaky, the 2009 Quarter Horse World Champion, tested in excess of the permitted level of clenbuterol taken after his win in the Go Man Go Handicap at Los Alamitos on Sept. 11.

Freaky will be disqualified from the $100,000 purse, according to racing board officials and the case is expected to be heard by the Los Alamitos stewards in the near future.

Freaky had 12 nanograms of clenbuterol in the urine sample, well above the permitted level of five nanograms, according to the complaint.

Friday 30, Sep 2011

  Lasix-free Breeders’ Cup races could prompt wider action

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The decision by the Breeders’ Cup to ban the use of Lasix for its year-end races is likely to embolden other organizations that are against the raceday use of the drug, according to officials.

The ban will be applied to the five races for 2-year-olds in the 2012 championships and all 15 races for the 2013 event.

“Breeders’ Cup can obviously decide what rules they want to adopt for their event,” Bellocq said. “The fact remains that the [June conference] clearly showed that this is not a black-and-white issue. We’re still focused on working with all these groups on a policy that’s best for U.S. racing,” Remi Bellocq, the executive director of the National Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association.

Thursday 25, Aug 2011

  Vets need support from rulers of racing

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Vets need support from rulers of racingHoward Johnson‘s training career will conclude on Friday primarily due to his own gross stupidity.

However, the legacy of Johnson to racing has a smell of foul practice and another big stick for the sport’s opponents to use against it.

The British Horseracing Authority is expected to react by introducing a program of random post-mortems.

Monday 04, Apr 2011

  Indian racing community rocked by a steroids scandal

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Indian racing community rocked by a steroids scandalThe anabolic steroid scandal involving a recent Classic winner ridden by Richard Hughes and two other horses, both placed in Guineas’ race has rocked the Indian racing community.

“It is shocking to find as many as three horses testing positive in the two Indian Classics run in December. It is unprecedented and intriguing. The stewards will conduct a thorough enquiry into the matter very soon,” RWITC chairman VivekJain commented.

The initial samples were tested and analysed at the Newmarket-based HFL Sport Science Laboratory.

Tuesday 06, Jan 2009

  A NEW ERA OF RACING

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racehorse-steroidsIn time for the New Year, New York has set a new law limiting the use of anabolic steroids in race horses. Steroids basically have the same effects on humans and horses, except that it may cause a young horse’s skeleton to give way due to sudden increase in bulk. Just this week, New York has started fresh with this new law at hand.

“This is a good idea,” he said. “I had stopped using them with most of my horses because they were shipping to states where they were already banned. They help a horse eat a little bit, but I haven’t missed them. I just had the best year I’ve ever had, and I basically did it steroid free. I found out they don’t make that much of a difference.”

Other trainers saw things differently, however. Some veterans claimed that even if steroids don’t increase speed, they help increase endurance, size, and with the horses’ appetites.

Racing fans and trainers are yet to see the differences in the horses and in the games. As one fan had pointed out, the racing committee should get rid of all drugs. Getting rid of steroid use is one way to start.

Friday 26, Dec 2008

  NASCAR will welcome 2009 with tougher dope testing

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nascar-steroidsAccording to AP report, NASCAR is likely to start testing drivers by the third week of January under anti-doping policy.

NASCAR is implementing tougher policy for use of anabolic steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs. Said policy also applies to illegal drugs and abuse of prescription medications.

Crew members, meanwhile, are required to submit results from an approved lab by Jan.16. A memo was sent to teams enumerating the prohibited compounds for which crew members must be tested. No specific guidelines were provided for drivers as NASCAR reserves the right to screen drivers for any compounds. However, according to a NASCAR’s spokesman, drivers will definitely be screened for performance-enhancing drugs.

The tougher policy was adopted partly because of former Truck Series driver Aaron Fike’s public admission that he had used heroin even on days he raced. Veteran drivers like Tony Stewart and Kevin Harvick urged the association to strengthen its policy regarding the use of banned compounds.

In September this year, Ron Hornaday Jr admitted he used a testosterone cream during the 2004 and 2005 to treat a medical condition. Hornaday is suffering from Graves’ disease, a thyroid disorder characterized by goiter and exophthalmos (bulging of the eyes).

The memo, dated Dec. 8, is the first time the new policy has been laid out in writing and specifies who falls under the guidelines. Those who must be tested before Jan. 16 include: pit crew members, including “over-the-wall” crew members, the crew chief, car chief, team members responsible for tires, fuel and pit crew operation, spotters and race-day support personnel that includes engineers, engine tuners, shock specialists, chassis specialists and tire specialists.

Among the substances those participants must be tested for are:

_ Seven different amphetamines, including methamphetamine and PMA, a synthetic psychostimulant and hallucinogen.

_ Three drugs classified under ephedrine.

_ 13 different narcotics, including codeine and morphine.

_ Ten different benzodiazepines and barbituates.

_ Marijuana, cocaine, zolpidem, nitrites, chromates and drugs that can increase specific gravity.

Under the old policy, NASCAR only implemented random test based on suspicion of abuse. Under the new guidelines everyone will be tested before the season begins, and random testing will continue throughout the year. NASCAR expects to randomly test 12 to 14 individuals per series each weekend in 2009.