Report: Appeal Filed In KHRC/Motion Methocarbamol Case

by | 09.13.2017 | 11:45am

The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission has filed an appeal of the decision of a Franklin County Circuit Court's decision to overturn a ruling in a methocarbamol case involving trainer Graham Motion.

The BloodHorse reports that the KHRC filed the motion Sept. 12 in the Kentucky Court of Appeals. The court battle stems from the 2015 case of the filly Kitten's Point testing positive for methocarbamol after winning the G3 Bewitch Stakes at Keeneland. The filly was later disqualified and Motion was fined $500.

In August, the Franklin County Circuit Court overturned that ruling, and reinstated Kitten's Point the winner of the race and dismissed the fine levied against Motion. In his decision, Judge Thomas Wingate stated that there had been “factors besides science were used in shaping the thresholds.”

The court decision noted that, “evidence petitioners supplied to the record suggests that the RMTC board members who made the advised drug schedule considered additional, unscientific factors outside of scientific suitability of the regulation.”

Read more in the BloodHorse


  • Jackmw

    KHRC willing to spend more taxpayer dollars thus forcing Graham Motion to continue the legal battle. What’s the purpose here, to prove a point that trainers are responsible every time one of their horses sneeze!!

  • Really?

    I agree with Morion that something is up with the science behind methocarbamol elimination. It came out a couple years ago that other drugs effect withdrawal time. Also having a threshold so far below what would effect a horse is also debatable. The problem is horseman have known about the hundreds of methocarbamol positives for years so why even use it. You can’t rely on any withdrawal time at this point.

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