Anne M. Eberhardt

Breeders' Cup Considers Tougher Drug Policy

Proposal will be considered by board of directors Dec. 11.

The Breeders' Cup board of directors will consider strengthening its policies to include a ban on any trainer who has been penalized for having a horse test positive for a Class 1 or Class 2 drug within the past 12 months.

The board will take up the proposal at its meeting Dec. 11, according to Breeders' Cup spokesman Jim Gluckson.

The ban would be in effect for the 2010 Breeders' Cup World Championships at Churchill Downs and would apply to a trainer who is appealing a Class 1 or Class 2 positive.

Class 1 medications are those that have the highest potential to impact a horse's performance, according to the Association of Racing Commissioners International. Class 2 drugs have some therapeutic benefit but also have the potential to affect a horse's performance if in the system on race day.

Earlier this year, the organization stiffened its medication policies to ban from the 2010 World Championships any trainer whose horses tested positive for anabolic steroids or Class 1 or Class 2 drugs during this year's World Championships during the Oak Tree at Santa Anita meet.

Gluckson said the main difference between the new proposal is that it is not restricted to horses testing positive for Class 1 or Class 2 drugs in Breeders' Cup races, but applies that to any track during the 12 months prior to the Breeders Cup.