Kentucky Derby horses monitored closely for drugs (US)

The AP filed a story that leads:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – When 20 of the best 3-year-old horses line up for this year’s Kentucky Derby, they will be among the most closely monitored athletes on the planet.

From state trooper bodyguards watching their every move to a probable drug test in the days before the race – as well as a visit to the testing barn for the top four finishers and a randomly selected also-ran afterward – the entrants will spend four days under the sort of scrutiny that would make Barry Bonds blanche.

The attention is part of a growing initiative to crack down on the use of anabolic steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs, an effort that finally appears to be gaining momentum in an industry usually reluctant to change.

Last year for the first time, all 20 Derby horses were subjected to – and passed – a surprise drug test two days before the race. Kentucky Horse Racing Authority executive director Lisa Underwood said trainers should be “ready for anything” when it comes to testing this year.

Well, almost anything. The Derby horses will not be tested for steroids, but that might be about to change due to mounting pressure from forces both inside and outside the industry for racing to develop stricter drug regulations.”

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