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California Begins Ban On Steroids
In the US, the California Horse Racing Board confirmed that "effective August 1 (next Friday) it will strictly enforce all regulations concerning anabolic steroids & will no longer issue 'unofficial notices' when the test samples reveal unauthorised levels of anabolic steroids," reported bloodhorse.com. There has been a grace period since testing for anabolic steroids began on July 1 "to allow implementation of new regulations, guidelines & procedures", but beginning with races run on August 1 "complaints will be filed against trainers or other licensees alleged to have violated the regulations". CHRB chairman Richard Shapiro declared: "We have given notice to the owners, trainers, veterinarians & other track personnel. The administration of all anabolic steroids to horses in competition must stop immediately. Complaints will be issued. The hammer is coming down. In this way, we are protecting the public & all of those who are playing by the rules."