Monday June 23, 2008
LOUISVILLE (AP) -- The co-owner of Kentucky Derby and Preakness
winner Big Brown says his stable will be drug-free by the end of
the year, and is encouraging other horse owners to follow suit.
Michael Iavarone says IEAH Stables will take its horses off
steroids and every other racing medication besides Lasix in an
effort to restore the public's confidence in the sport. Iavarone says he felt compelled to adopt the policy after a Congressional hearing last week in which owners, veterinarians and industry officials expressed the need to clean up racing.
National Thoroughbred Racing Association CEO Alex Waldrop calls
the move a positive step and is a sign of a growing consensus within the sport to become more transparent.
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