The California Horse Racing Board announced Oct. 7 that in conjunction with Breeders' Cup, it will be conducting random out-of-competition testing for horses pre-entered in the World Championships.
Breeders' Cup performed similar tests last year when the World Championships was held at Monmouth Park in New Jersey. Regulatory approval was necessary.
"In an effort to insure the highest possible level of integrity for the World Championships, the California Horse Racing Board in conjunction with Breeders’ Cup will conduct out-of-competition testing of horses pre-entered Oct.14 in the races to be run Oct. 24-25 during the Oak Tree meet at Santa Anita Park," the CHRB said in a release.
According to the CHRB, Breeders' Cup will assist in the collection of samples of pre-entered horses prior to their arrival in California. Again, a similar process was used last year when the New Jersey Racing Commission was involved.
"Horses will be selected randomly for testing from the pre-entry lists," the CHRB said. "The testing will specifically target epoetin, darbepoetin, and other blood-doping agents, which typically are administered days or weeks before competition and are not usually detectable in traditional drug-testing of samples collected shortly after the race."