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California Adopts Steroid Testing Levels

Tuesday, 4th March 2008

The California Horse Racing Board "took a major step towards banning supplemental anabolic steroids with the adoption of testing levels for 4 major substances," reported bloodhorse.com. The state's equine medical director Dr Rick Arthur declared: "It's the 1st step in regulating anabolic steroids in California horse racing. This is the most important action the board will take on medications this year." The restrictions apply to stanazolol (a manufactured steroid known in the trade as Winstrol) along with nandrolone, boldenone & testosterone. The levels follow "guidelines for urine testing recommended by both the Racing Medication & Testing Consortium and the Racing Commissioner International". Arthur said the new thresholds "need to move forward now in order to be in place this fall", as the CHRB "plans to hold the 1st steroid-free Breeders' Cup on October 24-25 at Santa Anita".

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