Six horses were disqualified in races earlier this year at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, Texas, after testing positive for minute levels of methamphetamine, the Dallas Morning News reports. While purse money was redistributed, no action was taken against the trainers of the horses because of what Texas Racing Commission stewards said were “mitigating circumstances” that indicated human contamination.
Methamphetamine, abused as a “street drug” by some people, is classified as a Class 1 substance by the Association of Racing Commissioners International.
Three of the horses were from the barn of trainer Jerenesto Torrez and owned by his Stonewall Dominion, which lost a total of $20,920 in purse money: Majestic Holiday, winner of an allowance race April 17; U.S.A Destroyer, second in a maiden claiming race April 23; and Cheval de Montagne, winner of a claiming race April 24.
Cape Caduceus, trained by Paul Smith and owned by Toby Keith's Dream Walkin Farms, was disqualified from a first-place finish in a claiming race on May 13, costing his owner $5,580. According to a ruling, Cape Caduceus' tested for methamphetamine at a level of 0.46 nanograms per milliliter. (Ruings for the other horses did not include detection levels.)
Its About the Cat, trained by James Coats Jr. for David A. Anderson, was disqualified from a second-place finish in an allowance race May 13, costing his owner $4,360.
Gospel Teresa, trained by Sandy Gladd for T and M Precision Services, was disqualified from a win in a claiming race July 4, her owner losing the $1,780 first-place purse.
In each of the rulings disqualifying the horses, stewards Dennis Sidener, Tony Langford and Jerry Burgess wrote: “The low level of methamphetamine in the sample, and its absence in serum, as well as other facts presented in the case file indicate that this positive test is a case of human contamination instead of intentional administration. The presence of methamphetamine in the sample is cause to disqualify (subject horse) from the race but the mitigating circumstances warrant no further penalty for (horse's trainer).”
The Morning News reported the Texas Racing Commission has penalized seven people for human drug violations during the meeting that ran from April 7-July 17.
Correction: The original version of this article misstated the level of detection for methamphetamine of found in Cape Caduceus. The correct level is 0.46 nanogram per milliliter.
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