New York Seeking Input on Steroid Regulations

The New York State Racing and Wagering Board is soliciting public opinion regarding the possible adoption of new anabolic steroid restrictions in New York for Thoroughbred and Standardbred racing.

The new guidelines, not yet official, would limit the use of steroids to only four types and establish concentration thresholds for each one.

The new restrictions would allow only one of four types of steroids to be used on a horse at any given time. The substances are stanozolol (Winstrol), one nanogram per milliliter of urine; boldenone (Equipose), 15 ng/ml;  nandrolone, one ng/ml; and testosterone, 20 ng/ml in geldings and 55 ng/ml in fillies and mares.

The proposed New York rules are based on national model rules devised by the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium and the Association of Racing Commissioners International. Thus far, only Indiana has adopted the model rules; Iowa and Virginia had their own regulations on the books.

In early October, a racing industry official said regulators in the Mid-Atlantic states are working in concert to implement regulations for steroids throughout the region.

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