Stewards at Louisiana Downs suspend Thoroughbred trainer for Dermorphin positive

by | 06.26.2012 | 10:25am

A Thoroughbred trainer is the second horseman facing a suspension stemming from the recent outbreaks of positive tests in Louisiana for the powerful painkiller, Dermorphin.

In a ruling dated Friday, June 22, Louisiana Downs stewards suspended trainer Keith Charles for six months because Cold Hearted Babe, who finished second in the second race May 27, tested positive for the drug.

The race was for older fillies and mares, running for a claiming price of $5,000. The purse of the race was $7,500, of which $1,500 was the second-place share. As a result of the ruling, Cold Hearted Babe was disqualified, and her winnings re-distributed.

The suspension is the maximum that stewards can give a trainer under Louisiana racing rules. The ruling says that “the penalty imposed is insufficient,'' and the stewards referred the case to the Louisiana State Racing Commission for further action.

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