New York is the only state which mandates blood and urine testing for claimed horses, but not for much longer. Each test currently costs the commission around $150, so the projected annual savings are just over $250,000, according to the Blood-Horse.
The state will still allow for this testing of claimed horses, but it will transfer the financial burden to the owner responsible for the claim. Robert Williams, executive director of the New York State Gaming Commission, told the Blood-Horse that the savings would be re-directed toward research and testing.
If approved following the public comment period, the rule would go into effect sometime in the next several months.
Read more at the Blood-Horse.
Editor's Note: The headline to the original version of this article was incorrect. The New York State Gaming Commission is ending mandatory testing of claimed horses, not all horses running in claiming races.
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