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Breeders Crown Horses Test Negative

Published: October 24, 2009 1:01 pm ET

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All entrants in the $5.1 million Breeders Crown events, to be raced Saturday, Oct. 24 at Woodbine Racetrack, have co-operated with the Hambletonian Society’s out-of-competition testing rules and Woodbine Entertainment Group’s track rules, as a condition of participation in the Breeders Crown races.

Ontario Racing Commission investigators accompanied by a veterinarian drew blood from all contestants entered in the Breeders Crown events. Specimens were sent to an Ontario laboratory which specializes in equine testing, to be tested for a wide range of blood-doping agents including recombinant erythropoietin [EPO] and darbepoetin as well as illegal non-therapeutic substances.

All samples taken from these horses may also be frozen for future testing.

“The Hambletonian Society is committed to the challenge of dealing with the issue of illegal medication and appreciate the cooperation of the Breeders Crown participants and WEG management in our initial execution of our out of-competition testing rules, said Tom Charters, president of the Hambletonian Society. The Society is a supporter of the Racing Testing and Medication Consortium.

The Score will air a special three-hour presentation across Canada of this 25th anniversary (26th edition) of the Breeders Crown, from 8:00 - 11:00 pm ET and will telecast seven Crown races live.

For Saturday's entries, click here. To view the entries on TrackIT in past performance format, click here.

(with files from the Breeders Crown)

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