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US RCI Seeks "Severe Penalties" For Zillmax Use
The US Association Of Racing Commissioners International classified Zilpaterol Hydrochloride as a "Class 3 substance" & called for "the most severe penalty should it be found in a racehorse". The RCI Board called for "a minimum penalty of a 1-year suspension & fines in excess of US$10,000 for a 1st Zilpaterol hydrochloride (Zillmax) violation; a 2nd violation "would result in a 3- year suspension & a minimum fine of US$25,000; & a 3rd positive "would result in a 5-year suspension & a US$50,000 fine. Zilpaterol Hydrochloride is an "adrenergic agonist drug licensed in Mexico & South Africa as a feed additive for cattle at slaughter age". Zilpaterol "is a relatively new product manufactured by the same company that manufactures Ractopamine" & RCI president Ed Martin declared: "Neither of these drugs has any business being administered to a horse & certainly the presence of either substance in a horse can only be interpreted as a deliberate attempt to cheat by circumventing the current restrictions on anabolic steroids, as the effect is perceived to be similar."