CHRB Sees Drug Violations Decrease

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (July 9, 2015) -- According to the California Horse Racing Board, there were only four Class 1, 2, or 3 medication violations in the state during the 2014-2015 fiscal year—the lowest number in at least 40 years.

The Maddy Laboratory at the University of California-Davis confirmed four positives for the drugs from 11,900 samples tested during the fiscal year that concluded June 30. This was the lowest number of major medication violations that could be determined by a search of CHRB records going back to 1974. The total compares to 28 Class 1, 2, or 3 confirmations in fiscal year of 2013-2014.

The drop is largely attributable to enforcement efforts to limit the use of clenbuterol, which accounted for 16 of the 28 previous year's positives. There were no clenbuterol positives in the 2014-2015 fiscal year.