Ruidoso Downs: Nine horses test positive for banned substances
An official with the New Mexico Racing Commission said on Tuesday that nine horses who raced at Ruidoso Downs this spring have tested positive for three banned medications, including the painkiller Dermorphin.
The names of the nine horses and their trainers have not been released since the commission is still finalizing its investigation. Once notified, the trainers can request a second test.
At least five of the positives occurred in trials for the Ruidoso Futurity and Ruidoso Derby in late May, although none of those horses won their trial races.