New Mexico Approves One-Year Clenbuterol Ban

Measure passed by state's racing commission goes into effect April 20.

The New Mexico Racing Commission has suspended the use of clenbuterol for Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing, effective April 20.

The suspension, passed by the commission Feb. 23, will be in effect for 12 months at all tracks in New Mexico.

“This is a great step forward for racing in New Mexico and throughout the United States,” said Ruidoso Downs general manager Shaun Hubbard. “This is a big step to enhance the integrity of racing and is, simply, doing what is best for the horse.”

Ruidoso Downs, which aggressively pushed the clenbuterol measure, begins it summer seasons May 25. It runs through Labor Day

“We are very pleased that the racing commission made this decision and we look forward to the summer racing season,” Hubbard said.