Australia: Trainer Receives Lengthy Ban After Steroids Discovered In Barn

Australian trainer Brian Cox has been suspended for 3 1/2 years after being found in possession of anabolic steroids. reports that Racing Victoria stewards found a container of Nitrotain in a refrigerator in the trainer’s barn. The container, one of two which were labeled ‘Ulcergard’, were taken by stewards during a race-day inspection of his barn last March. Testing on […]

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Ireland: Hay, Oats and…Say What?

I was stunned upon hearing the recent news out of Ireland that a former Department of Agriculture veterinary inspector – the brother of a well-known trainer – pleaded guilty to five counts of possessing imported drugs that are illegal for use in racehorses. Coming on the heels of the steroids scandal in England involving fired […]

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Nitrotain and ‘Pig Juice’: Bigger. Stronger. Illegal.

The unregulated use of anabolic steroids in North American racing quickly came to an end in 2009, one year after trainer Rick Dutrow — in interviews discussing Kentucky Derby winner Big Brown’s steroid regimen — exposed, for many people, the fact that, at that time, few racing states prohibited their use. But are steroids and […]

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