Report: Sedlacek Admits Administering Illegal Synthetic Drug; Awaits Decision On Penalty

by | 11.11.2015 | 10:52am

Trainer Roy Sedlacek, who was suspended after two of his horses tested positive for an illegal synthetic drug, testified during a hearing on Tuesday that he had administered a substance he thought contained an illegal drug, although it was not the once actually detected.

According to an article in the Daily Racing Form, Sedlacek testified in the hearing with New York Gaming Commission officials that he had administered an oral substance to the two horses approximately three hours prior to post time. Sedlacek said that he purchased the substance from a website, and believed it contained “ITPP”, a performance-enhancing substance.

Two of Sedlacek's horses tested positive for AH-7921, an “exotic, manufactured opiate with morphine-like properties.” The drug was first manufactured in the 1970's, and has recently started to resurface in synthetic forms of recreational drugs.

According to the DRF, Sedlacek currently remains barred from all racetrack grounds while officials determine what penalties/suspensions to impose.

Read more in the Daily Racing Form

  • vinceNYC

    This is a career 8% trainer….it goes to show that it isnt as simple as injecting a drug to get a high win percentage…no more so than it is as simple as taking steroids (allegedly) to become Barry Bonds

    • Racing Fan

      That’s a lame comment. You assume he’s been cheating all along.

      • vinceNYC

        That’s a valid point

        • Chancey Gardner

          Not really. Not to the informed.

          • vinceNYC

            True not to the perfect people

          • Chancey Gardner

            Aren’t you Mattress Mac’s financial advisor?
            I guess all that steroid usage by the Eastern block countries(in the 70s/80s) was for naught – they were just “better athletes” than the people in the west? And all those silly Congressional hearings about Jose Canseco and Barry Bonds and Sammy Sosa… you are saying they could hit with as much power without steroids? You are living in a dream world. Yes, the horses that want to run are at an advantage, just as much as the baseball hitter with God-given eye-hand coordination, but soup them up, and they dominate. To say anything else is pure prevarication.

          • vinceNYC

            So there is only your opinion and no other?? And if you READ what I said , in no way did I say that Bonds and Sosa could hit with the same power………

  • Figless

    Both horses ran well on short rest, and one improved to win at 9-1. Just sayin.

  • Kevin Callinan

    Wells was prosecuted by the Feds for fixing races that were simulcast over state lines- why not turn this case over to them and try him in federal court. Nearly a million dollars was bet on the Bossmon race- thousands of bettors all over the world were duped by this guy. The horses involved were running without any pain to warn of possible injury. The commission can’t adequately prosecute this bum.

    • togahombre

      the us procsecutor’s office in ny’s southern district is too busy going after the crooks that appoint the regulators

    • Alex

      Wells pleaded guilty in part for giving vitamin B1 and Calcium to nervous horses on race day. This at one time was a very common practice. However now giving a vitamin and mineral ( vitamin B1 and Calcium ) on race day violates the “No race day medication “rules. That’s right, at Pennatonal Wells was subject to a Federal Charges in part for giving vitamins and minerals to horses on race day.
      Sedlack’ horses in New York tested positive for a narcotic, big difference from a vitamin and a mineral. The narcotic AH-7921 an opiate with morphine like properties is found in bath salts, thus a common street drug. Sedlack has admitted to giving something other than AH-7921. If he gave AH-7921 then he should receive an appropriate penalties. However since AH-7921 is a common street drug, the possibility of human and environmental contamination exist and should be investigated.

      • morethanready

        U.S. Attorney’s OfficeDecember 17, 2014Middle District of Pennsylvania(717) 221-4482
        A Central Pennsylvania thoroughbred horse trainer who races horses at Penn National Race Course in Grantville pled guilty in Dauphin County Court in Harrisburg yesterday to rigging races by administering drugs to horses on race day in violation of rules and regulations banning such treatment

        • Alex

          Under the rules of racing today nothing other than Lasix can be administered on race day. Trainer Wells gave both vitamin B1 and Calcium on race day.
          The Pennsylvania Racing Commission and the Feds considered Vitamin B1 and Calcium race day medication.

          • morethanready

            Even he doesn’t agree w/ you-
            In entering the plea, Wells admitted that he orally or by hypodermic injection illegally administered drugs to horses he trained and raced to give him and his horses an advantage in the races. He also admitted that he was fully aware that this was in violation of racing rules and regulations.

          • Alex

            Both Vitamin B1 and Calcium Wells administration on race day. This violated the RMTC, ARCI, and State of Pennsylvania rules where nothing other than Lasix can be administered on race day. It didn’t matter that a Vitamin and Mineral wouldn’t likely change much in the horse’s preformance. Under the rules it only mattered that Vitamin B1 and Calcium were given on race day.

  • kmunster2015

    As a physician who has followed racing since 1983( I am 50 now) , I think that there have been two ways that a drug test is beaten. Assuming post-race testing, a drug is given that has no test that a basic screen covers or it is given far enough out that there is no evidence in blood or urine.
    These “designer’ drugs such that Sedlacek gave would not be discovered in routine basic lab tests. Many states do not want to cover the extra costs that would entail with Olympics type testing.Horse racing betting has dropped nearly 30-35% since its peak in 2003 and states for monetary reasons do not place a priority on this advanced testing. Ray Paulick had a report a few months ago on the difference in amount spent per state. I believe Arkansas and Florida were the worst offenders.
    Secondly, a drug is given (example steroids) far enough out that the result is negative in urine and blood but the effect is present. Steroids increase muscle mass and power and obviously this is a nice advantage if the trainer wants to win a race. There are other examples of drugs such as these. Withdrawl time is often cited by trainers as the reason for a drug positive whether for a benign effect drug or one with a definitative perfomance enhancing use.
    Lastly as a bettor, since Oscar Barrera in 1983 and for thirty years hence the “super’ trainer has ruled each circuit. Now the only circuit I perceive that the “super” trainer is under control is Woodbine. There are almost no 25% trainers in Canada. Just an observation but as a physician I am trained to observe and diagnose. Take care Kevin M.D.

    • Chancey Gardner

      An astute observation for sure. Probably one that would fit certain air travel in this last year.

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