06/04/2008 12:00AM

Barretts sets ban on steroid use


Barretts Equine Limited, the California-based sales company, will implement regulations for its upcoming Sept. 30 yearling auction that will prohibit the administration of any anabolic steroid within 45 days of the sale, the company's president, Gerald McMahon, said Wednesday.

Barretts is the fourth major sales company to implement a ban on steroids for yearlings, following Fasig-Tipton, Keeneland, and the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. Barretts had previously announced its intention to implement the ban for yearlings late last year.

McMahon said that the company felt confident in proceeding with the steroid ban based on conversations with California regulators who are pushing regulations in the state to limit anabolic-steroid administration to four drugs that cannot be injected within 30 days of a race. Those regulations are expected to be in place by the fall.

Barretts' most high-profile sales are those for 2-year-olds in training, all of which are held in the spring and early summer.

McMahon said that the company would likely implement similar regulations for the 2-year-old sales beginning with next year's schedule.