02/29/2016 2:57PM

New York bans use of anabolic steroid stanozolol


The New York State Gaming Commission on Monday unanimously approved a rule banning the use of the anabolic steroid stanozolol, effective at the end of August, six months from the approval date.

The gaming commission had approved the rule for public comment last year. National racing groups have endorsed a recommendation for racing states to ban any anabolic steroid that is not naturally occurring, and adoption of the rule would align New York with that recommendation.

Because an administration of stanozolol can be detected months after administration, the commission approved the six-month delay to allow for the drug to clear any horse’s system prior to the regulation being enforced.

Under the previous regulation, stanozolol, which is marketed under the trade name Winstrol, could appear in post-race samples at trace levels, theoretically allowing for the administration of the drug as long as it was administered several months prior to a race. Veterinarians sometimes use stanozolol as a short-term stimulus for a horse’s appetite, but regular use of the drug results in powerful muscle-building effects.

“There is no valid reason to administer this substance to a healthy racehorse, and there are better alternatives that are permitted for horses that are sick and injured,” said an analysis of the rule prepared by the racing commission.

The racing industry moved swiftly to restrict anabolic steroid use in 2008 following an outcry over their unregulated use in racing, but regulation of naturally occurring steroids is tricky because they are present in low levels in most horses. Current regulations allow for the presence of those steroids at low levels, and the use of supplementary doses of those steroids is still allowed in horses in New York as long as the horse is on the vet’s list, which would prohibit a horse from racing until the high levels drop to natural levels.

mark More than 1 year ago
whts mike dubb going to do now
william More than 1 year ago
I remember when NY didn't allow even lasix. Now it is the Mecca of juicers. It's often impossible to judge horses by their past performances on the NY circuit. It's not uncommon to see a horse claimed for 40k, drop in for 16k on its next start and show nothing. That horse will get claimed, step right back up in class and improve 10 lengths in 10 days while paying $4.80. 25 years ago you would see something like that once or twice per year....now it seems to be a daily occurance. When someone like Allen Jerkens took over the training of a horse, you would see gradual improvement from start to start....These new super-trainers turn 15k claimers into stakes horses overnight.
mark More than 1 year ago
i hate to break this to you willy jerkens was a leader and pioneer going back to the sixties using steroids just the facts but really good for him people really are seriously misinformed about steroids dont understand that steroids are a therapy rather than a doping agent such as anti swelling agent that allows horses to be healthier and painless when running the muscle building deal is a byproduct of health rather than the main goal in humans its all different
william More than 1 year ago
Listen son, I'd argue the point with you if you weren't an inexperienced novice when it comes to the sport, but because you are, I'll leave you be. Good Luck.
Joel Firsching More than 1 year ago
Ben johnson