Twenty-one horses sold during the Ocala Breeder's Sales Co. (OBS) February select juvenile auction were tested for anabolic steroids at the request of their buyers, and there were no positive results.

"Everything went very smoothly, and it (the testing) didn't inconvenience the sellers," said Tom Ventura, the OBS general manager and director of sales.

OBS introduced its new steroid regulation policy at its February auction. Buyers requested steroid testing when they signed the sale ticket for a horse. A veterinarian from the University of Florida drew the blood, and the samples were tested at the school's laboratory, according to Ventura. He said OBS  received all the results and the documents associated with them by the Monday following the sale, which was held Tuesday, Feb. 12, in Central Florida.

Anabolic steroid use "is such a hot topic that we want to do anything we can to address any concerns," Ventura said. "It (testing) can add an extra level of comfort, especially with trainers who train in jurisdictions where there are limitations on steroid use in place."

The OBS steroid policy will be in effect for all the company's sales of 2-year-olds in training and will be expanded later this year to include yearlings and weanlings.

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