11/03/2006 1:00AM

Panel plans report on regulating steroids


The Racing Medication and Testing Consortium plans to release recommendations on how the racing industry should regulate anabolic steroids at the University of Arizona Symposium on Racing in early December, the organization said Friday.

The position paper will address whether racing should step up its regulation of anabolic steroids, which are used widely at all stages of a horse's life to build muscle or stimulate appetite. Anabolic steroids are currently unregulated in all but one racing state, Iowa.

"What the specifics are of what that recommendation will be, we don't know yet," said Dan Fick, the chairman of the consortium. "We're pretty sure, though, that with the situation as it is in other sports, that the racing industry is ready to regulate them."

Fick said that consortium board members have been asked to survey racing organizations and racing commissions about possible regulations prior to the December conference.

The consortium has also hired Jim Gallagher, the former executive director of the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority, as a "regulatory and security consultant."

Prior to joining the Kentucky authority, Gallagher was a racing official at the New York Racing Association and worked on a drug-testing project for the National Thoroughbred Racing Association.