CHRB Alters Los Alamitos Drug Rules

The board took action at its Thursday meeting in Del Mar.

Daily Racing Form

The California Horse Racing Board on Thursday approved a request from Los Alamitos to enact emergency regulations to ban horses from racing that test positive for clenbuterol, albuterol, ziplaterol or ractopamine in pre-race examinations that include tests from hair follicle samples.

Earlier this year, Los Alamitos lost a Superior Court case that challenged the track’s house regulation of pre-race tests for clenbuterol. The judge in the case said there was a discrepancy between CHRB rules and Los Alamitos track rules regarding clenbuterol testing. The racing board rules at the time did not refer to hair follicle testing.

According to Daily Racing Form, the emergency regulation must be approved by the state’s office of administrative law. Los Alamitos has a zero-tolerance policy on the use of bronchial dilators such as albuterol and clenbuterol.

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