The New York Gaming Commission, which now regulates horse racing in the state, on Wednesday approved a rule allowing Standardbred horses to be administered clenbuterol up to 96 hours (approximately four days) before a race. There had been a push to make rules on clenbuterol the same for both Standardbred racing and Thoroughbred racing—no administration 14 days before a race--but Standardbred interests made a two-hour presentation to the Gaming Commission to show the rules for the breeds should be considered separately.
"I'm hoping that other jurisdictions which are considering the same rules for both breeds on this will take a look at this,” said Joe Faraldo, president of the Standardbred Owners Association of New York. "The science is what got this done. We flew in Dr. Tom Tobin, Dr. Kenneth McKeever from Rutgers, and others testified.”
Dr. McKeever, who has conducted extensive research on the effects of clenbuterol in racehorses, and the others testified at a public hearing held on Jan. 21. The hearing can be viewed by going to the following website (http://gaming.ny.gov/horseracing/) and clicking on the words "Media Player” or "Real Player” under the heading "Public Hearing on Equine Drug Rules.”
The Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) and Racing Commissioners International have been pushing for a 14-day rule on clenbuterol in part because of the belief of some that clenbuterol acts as a muscle-building agent by "repartitioning.”--harnessracing.com