Hair Testing Begins in Indiana

The finalists for the June 2, $75,000 Harley Greene Derby were tested for Clenbuterol.

Press release

All 10 finalists to the June 2 Harley Greene Derby at Indiana Grand have been hair-tested for Clenbuterol. PHOTO: Indiana Horse Racing Commission

The Indiana Horse Racing Commission (IHRC) incorporated the use of hair into their testing protocol for the finalists of the upcoming Harley Greene Derby Final, a stakes race for 3-year-old Indiana-sired Quarter Horses with a $75,000 purse. The trials took place on May 19, with the final to be held June 2 at Indiana Grand Race Course and Casino in Shelbyville.

This testing is to determine if Clenbuterol, a beta agonist (a broncho-dilator that can be used to increase performance and build muscle mass), is present in any equine hair sample. IHRC rules prohibit the use of Clenbuterol on Quarter Horses, specifically stating that the presence of Clenbuterol shall not exceed the limit of detection (LOD) in urine, plasma or hair.

“Horsemen and the Quarter Horse Racing Association of Indiana have been instrumental in instituting this new level of testing,” says IHRC Executive Director Mike Smith

Any horses testing positive for the drug will face regulatory sanctions, which can include the forfeiture of any purses earned, the horse being places on the stewards’ list and disciplinary actions for the trainer.

“We applaud the Indiana commission for taking this positive step in ensuring we are running a clean program in Indiana,” says Lance Finlinson, owner, breeder and member of the Quarter Horse Breed Development Advisory Committee. “This is a huge step forward for Indiana Quarter Horse Racing.”

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