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New York horses face out-of-competition drug tests

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. - SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (AP) — New York will conduct unannounced out-of-competition drug tests on horses running at state tracks. Testing will be done even when horses are stabled outside the state.

The New York State Racing and Wagering Board said Wednesday the new policy for all horses applies within 180 days of a race date in New York. The policy takes effect Friday.

A board veterinarian will be able to take samples from horses wherever they are kept. Owners and trainers of horses stabled outside the state but within 100 miles of a New York track can be ordered to New York tracks for testing.

Trainers or owners who fail to comply will face suspensions, fines and possible license revocation. A horse can be declared ineligible for 120 days if it is not made available for testing in a timely manner.

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