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For Immediate Release:  
For Further Information Contact:
September 28, 2005

Office of The Attorney General
- Peter C. Harvey, Attorney General
N.J. Racing Commission
- Frank Zanzuccki, Executive Director


Lee Moore



Date of Proposal:
September 8, 2005

Proposal Number:
PRN 2005-366

Proposal Description:
The proposed rule sets forth the parameters of a testing program designed to detect the chemical “doping” of thoroughbred race horses with synthetic human glycoproteins known as erythropoietin (EPO) and darbepoetin (DarbEPO). These prohibited, performance-enhancing substances have been linked to such life-threatening conditions in race horses as dehydration and anemia. The proposed rule sets forth parameters for use of a recently-developed test known as the Enzyme Linked Immunosorbent Assay (ELISA). The test can reliably detect elevated levels of an anti-recombinant EPO antibody produced in a horse’s blood after the animal has been dosed with the two specified synthetic human glycoproteins. The proposed rule appears in the October 3, 2005 edition of the New Jersey Register.

Summary of Proposal:
A summary of the proposed rule is posted on the New Jersey Racing Commission Web site at:

Public Comment:
Public comment on the proposed rule will be accepted until
December 2, 2005. Please direct all comments to:

Michael Vukcevich, Deputy Director
New Jersey Racing Commission
P.O. Box 088
Trenton, New Jersey 08625-0088


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