This is encouraging news indeed.
The Associated Press reports Sept. 8, 2010:
Kentucky officials implemented out-of-competition drug testing for racehorses ahead of this fall’s Breeders’ Cup. The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission unanimously approved the measure, hoping it will further deter instances of blood doping and the use of performance-enhancing drugs. Kentucky’s law borrows from plans enacted in New York, Indiana and elsewhere.
It would require the owners of horses eligible to run in Kentucky to make their animals available for random testing, regardless of where they are stabled. The worst drug violations could lead to severe penalties, including a 5- to 10-year suspension and a $50,000 fine for an owner’s first violation. A second violation would result in a lifetime ban.