- No reaction from PETA on the Jeremy Rose incident. Guess they're involved in more important things.
- Bruce Levine told Bloodhorse that he stopped giving his horses steroids on Jan 1 so that he could ship into Philly Park and Delaware, where the drugs are now limited to therapeutic uses. “And I have to tell you, basically there is no difference in the performance of the horses after taking them off steroids.”
However, it's interesting to read that along with this item from Tim Wilkin's blog in the Albany Times Union. In it, Levine says that his undefeated Bustin Stones hadn't been doing well following his win in the Carter, and missed three weeks of training as well as the Met Mile. "He stopped eating and he lost some color." Sounds like the horse could have used those steroids, since appetite and coat color are two of its benefits that I've read horsemen cite.
Bustin Stones worked a bullet half this week and is being pointed to the Win And You're In Vanderbilt at Saratoga on July 26.
Levine's entire Monmouth contingent was surprise-out-of-competition tested for EPO's; the trainer has won with 27 out of 56 starters there, for a percentage of 48%. Not quite Wayne Catalano material (27 of 48 at Arlington, or 56%), but pretty amazing nonetheless. The test comes as the World Anti-Doping Agency is questioning the effectiveness of EPO tests on humans after a study revealed serious flaws in existing urine tests.
“I have never seen such a drastic situation as the one reported in this article,” said Dr. Rabin, who questioned whether it reflected the true state of EPO testing.
The findings in the latest study should be no surprise, said Charles E. Yesalis, a professor of sports science at Pennsylvania State University. For decades, he said, anti-doping authorities have claimed they have tests that work and for decades athletes have been taking drugs without getting caught.
The anti-doping authorities, he said, “remind me of little boys whistling in the graveyard.” [NY Times]