Congress Steroid Probe Now Includes Horse Racing

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Four-legged athletes are joining their two-legged counterparts as part of a congressional probe into steroids in sports.

The president of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association has agreed to testify in front of a House panel investigating the effects of performance-enhancing drugs.

Although most of the focus to date has been on baseball and other team sports, thoroughbred racing also is trying to enact a national ban on steroids, at least for the days leading up to races.

"I think the perception is drug use in racing is worse now than maybe it's ever been," said Rep. Ed Whitfield, R-Ky. "There have been many individual veterinarians, prominent breeders and owners who are quite frustrated."

NTRA president Alexander Waldrop will join representatives from Major League Baseball, the NFL, NBA and NHL, as well as officials with college and high school sports, at the Feb. 27 hearing in front of the House Energy and Commerce Committee's panel on commerce, trade and consumer protection.

Whitfield is the top Republican on the subcommittee.

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