Major Changes In Kentucky Horse Racing

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Monday August 25, 2008
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) -- Kentucky horse racing regulators have
approved a major ban on anabolic steroids that could outlaw the
drugs for next year's Kentucky Derby and other races in the state.

The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission approved the measure
unanimously Monday. Gov. Steve Beshear has said he'll support an
emergency order to enact the ban in time for next year's Derby.

The new rules would prohibit horses from racing with any steroid
in their system. Three naturally occurring steroids would still be
allowed for therapeutic purposes, but even those must be out of the
horse's system by 60 days before a race. Among the steroids banned is the drug Big Brown had in his system before winning this year's Derby.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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