CHRB to discuss ban of clenbuterol in Thoroughbred racing
The California Horse Racing Board is scheduled to discuss a possible ban of clenbuterol for Thoroughbred racehorses at its meeting at Betfair Hollywood Park on Thursday, reports the Daily Racing Form. Clenbuterol has been banned from Quarter Horse racing in the state since October 2011. The ban for Quarter Horses was enacted after it was discovered brands not approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration were being used to build muscle mass. Currently, clenbuterol is allowed in Thoroughbreds with a post-race test limit of 5 nanograms in urine and 25 picograms in blood.
If the CHRB should vote to ban the drug, the ban could go into effect in the next few months with horsemen given time to modify their use of the medication.