NYRA to Freeze Samples Pending Development of New Tests

Edited from NYRA reports
The Cornell University equine testing lab will now freeze urine samples for use as new tests for performance enhancing substances are developed.

As previously announced, funding for new test development will come from the money provided by the New York Racing Association and the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association as announced last week.

"We are pleased that Cornell will be using those funds to enhance New York's testing program," said NYRA co-chairman of the board of trustees Steven Duncker. "The freezing of urine samples will further strengthen our ability to detect the use of illegal substances in horses racing at our tracks. A strong alliance has been formed by NYRA, the State Racing and Wagering Board, Cornell University and NYTHA to decisively deal with the issue of illegal medication and the integrity of racing in New York State."

"Storing frozen urine samples for future testing can be an effective means to keep pace with the experimental new drugs that are reported to be used in racing and other sports," said Dr. George Maylin of Cornell University. "Samples can be preserved and stored for up to one year."

Earlier this month, NYRA announced that it would begin milkshaking tests in early February.