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Churchill Downs Begins Tests For Over 100 Banned Drugs

Friday, 18th December 2009

In the US overnight, Churchill Downs announced "a series of new rules & policies designed to enhance the safety & welfare of jockeys & horses," reported bloodhorse.com. The measures "will be in place at Churchill Downs racetrack in advance of the this year's Gr1 Kentucky Derby & will include standardised 3rd-party testing of track surfaces & comprehensive testing of all winning horses for more than 100 prohibited drugs". The initiatives "will be implemented at Churchill Downs from the opening day of its 2009 spring meet on April 25 & will be phased-in at all other company racetracks (Arlington Park in Illinois, Calder in Miami in Florida & Fair Grounds in New Orleans) by the start of their respective 2010 race meets". The drug regime includes: "supertesting" of all winning horses for more than 100 performance-enhancing drugs; "freezing & storage of equine blood & urine samples to allow for retrospective testing"; banning of steroids; & prohibition of "milkshaking" (which results in excessive levels of total carbon dioxide in racehorses). (Mar 3)

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