The American Quarter Horse Association will implement hair testing for clenbuterol in 2016. This testing will be limited to its Bank of America Challenge Championship contestants, including all those competing in the trials. The recommended withdrawal time to avoid a positive is at least six months.
The Challenge Championship finals are held at Los Alamitos racetrack in California, which has had hair testing in place for almost a year. However, its qualifying events are held at multiple states across the US, meaning that hair samples will be collected and sent in to labs capable of the testing protocols.
According to the AQHA website, its President Dr. Glenn Blodgett indicated “through our Multiple Medication Violation System, we have had 151 clenbuterol positives reported since January 1, 2014. We cannot and will not allow this to continue to happen.” Implementation of hair testing will be expanded to graded stakes in the coming years, and eventually to all quarter horse races.
Read more at the AQHA website.
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