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7 horses test positive for steroids


Horse trainer of the leading Godolphin stable Mahmood Al Zarooni (R) is followed by reporters as he leaves a disciplinary hearing at the British Horseracing Authority in central London on April 25, 2013.


Justin Tallis

If you like to bet on horse racing, you should put your money this year on the horse with the most drugs. 

Seven more horses that used to be in the care of disgraced trainer Mahmood al-Zarooni have tested positive for anabolic steroids, the British Horseracing Authority has found

The BHA became suspicious in April, after 15 of Zarooni's horses at his Godolphin facility tested positive for the drugs. 

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After the discovery, Zarooni was suspended for eight years, and the BHA decided to test more of his horses.

The BHA's latest findings come from a second round of screenings and bring the total amount of drugged horses to 22. Shockingly, the new tests reveal that fan favorite Encke, who caused a major upset when he won last year's St. Leger, was among the drugged horses.

However, there is no evidence that Encke had been administered steroids before his surprise victory, the Independent reported, and he produced  “clean” samples both after his trial at York on August 22 and also after his Doncaster win. 

While Encke's fans may be worried, we imagine that Encke is probably apathetic, confused and currently eating hay.