Wednesday Sept 17, 2008
LAUREL, Md. (AP) -- Following the lead of other racing states,
the Maryland Racing Commission has approved a ban on anabolic
steroids for racehorses. Kentucky, Delaware, Pennsylvania and
Virginia already have such a ban in place.
New York is now the only state with a Triple Crown race that has
yet to restrict steroids, but it is considering such a move. The issue of doping in horse racing gained increased public scrutiny this spring after trainer Rick Dutrow Junior acknowledged using the anabolic steroid stanozolol on Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner Big Brown.
The restrictions adopted by the commission follow the
recommendations of the Racing Medication & Testing Consortium, a
group that includes trainers, owners, jockeys, breeders and
According to its executive director, the commission approved the
ban on an emergency basis to ensure that it will be in place by
January 1st. Final approval must come from a panel of state
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