CHRB Dismisses Positives Related to Contaminated Feed

by | 03.27.2013 | 9:48am

The California Horse Racing Board, citing feed contamination, has dismissed 48 positive tests for zilpaterol, which is used in cattle to promote weight gain.

The feed contamination appears to have taken place in mid-February, and the first positive test for zilpaterol occurred from a race run on March 1. The CHRB has ruled that any cases that have occurred from March 1 – March 26 will be dismissed.

The Board ordered vendors on Wednesday to remove all feed produced at the Purina Mills facility in Turlock, California from California racetracks until the company can assure the CHRB that its products are not tainted. Feed containing zilpaterol was traced to the Turlock plant. Vendors are also prohibited from selling or delivering any feed “containing any prohibited drug” to California backstretches, according to a report from Daily Racing Form.

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  • Dantana

    While there may be contamination, the horses still carried an illegal substance in their systems.
    The purses need to be re-distributed.

  • Backontop

    Are you saying that a horse could possibly come up with a hot test and the trainer did nothing wrong? Saying it isn’t so CHRB!!! LOL!

  • HelenBach

    Moo-ving decision by the CRHB. At least they are predictably and consistency inept.

  • Old Timer

    Glad to see a commission with a head on its shoulders. Good job CHRB!

    Dantana, why should the purse be redistributed because they found something. Maybe the amount was so insignificant that it had absolutely NO EFFECT on the outcome of the race, and the CHRB took that into account when making this determination. Hell pretty soon the definition of “substance” is going to get us into trouble no matter what we do.

    I have yet to figure out this world of black and white that so many people seem to push, and yet ask for every little break, i.e. don’t apply that rule to me I’m different, to help them out when they need it (not saying you have Dantana, but there are many I know who have).

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