Big Brown's Owner Scraps Steroids

Says his stable will no longer use them; calls on others to do the same
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 23, 2008 9:11 AM CDT
Jockey Kent Desormeaux rides Big Brown around the second turn in the 140th Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y. on Saturday, June 7, 2008.    (AP Photo/Stephen Cherwin)
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(Newser) – The owners of Big Brown say they will no longer give their horses steroids and called on others in the industry to do the same, the New York Times reports. The near Triple Crown winner drew scrutiny and some criticism when trainer Rick Dutrow admitted injecting the horse—legally—with steroids in the lead-up to the Kentucky Derby. 

“I know Big Brown or any of our horses do not need this stuff to win,” said owner Michael Iavarone. “I’m not worried about an uneven playing field, either. The cost of the drug tests are a small price to pay for the integrity of the sport. I’m urging other owners to join us, and let’s turn the game around."