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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 11. Gaming
Agency 10. Virginia Racing Commission
Chapter 180. Medication
1/27/2022

11VAC10-180-75. Androgenic and anabolic steroids.

A. All androgenic and anabolic steroids, natural or synthetic, are prohibited in racing horses, except as provided in this section.

B. Residues of the major metabolite of stanozolol, nandrolone, boldenone, and testosterone at concentrations less than the thresholds indicated in this section are permitted in test samples collected from racing horses.

C. Concentrations of these substances identified in subsection B of this section shall not exceed the following threshold concentrations:

1. Stanozolol – 100 pg/ml in serum or plasma for all horses regardless of gender.

2. Boldenone – 100 pg/ml in serum or plasma for all horses regardless of gender.

3. Nandrolone.

a. 100 pg/ml in serum or plasma in geldings, fillies, and mares.

b. Male horses other than geldings will not be tested for nandrolone.

4. Testosterone.

a. 100 pg/ml in serum or plasma in geldings, fillies, and mares.

b. Male horses other than geldings will not be tested for testosterone.

D. The presence of more than one of the four substances identified in subsection B of this section at concentrations greater than the individual thresholds indicated in subsection C of this section or a combination of any two or more substances recognized as androgenic or anabolic is prohibited.

E. The gender of each horse must be so identified for test samples submitted to the laboratory.

F. Any horse administered an androgenic or anabolic steroid to assist in the recovery from illness or injury may be placed on the veterinarian's list in order to monitor the concentration of the drug in serum or plasma. After the concentration has fallen below the designated threshold, the horse is eligible to be removed from the list.

G. The stewards may take disciplinary actions for reports of quantitative testing by the primary testing laboratory indicating the presence of one or more androgenic or anabolic steroid at concentrations above the individual thresholds indicated in subsection C of this section and may use the most recent revision of the Association of Racing Commissioners International (RCI) Uniform Classification Guidelines for Foreign Substances and the Multiple Violations Penalty System as a guide.

Statutory Authority

§ 59.1-369 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 24, Issue 16, eff. April 14, 2008; amended, Virginia Register Volume 26, Issue 19, eff. May 29, 2010; Volume 28, Issue 15, eff. April 16, 2012; Volume 29, Issue 13, eff. March 1, 2013; Volume 30, Issue 8, eff. January 1, 2014; Volume 31, Issue 18, eff. May 1, 2015; Volume 35, Issue 22, eff. July 8, 2019.

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