Keeneland to Offer 2YO Steroid Testing

Keeneland to Offer 2YO Steroid Testing
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Keeneland officials plan to expand their testing program for exogenous anabolic steroids in sale horses to include the April select juvenile auction. That decision came after Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear signed emergency regulations Sept. 5 that ban the use of the common steroids boldenone, nandrolone, and testosterone in Thoroughbred and Standardbred racehorses competing in Kentucky.

The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission had approved the regulations in August. Testing for anabolic steroids in racehorses will begin with the start of Keeneland’s fall racing meet.

“Keeneland’s April 2-year-old in training sale has been conducted under the Kentucky rules of racing, and we will continue to do so by taking in the new steroids policy of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission,” said Geoffrey Russell, Keeneland’s director of sales.

Keeneland aleady had a steroid testing program in place for sale weanlings and yearlings. The horses are tested at the request of buyers at the time of purchase. Buyers must pay $500 per horse tested to cover the cost of laboratory work and the drawing of blood.

Russell said the steroid testing program for 2-year-olds would be similar to, if not "pretty much the mirror image of" the program for yearlings and weanlings.

"We have to go through everything and find out exactly what the (racing) rules and regulations are" before finalizing the details for testing in juvenlies," Russell said.

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