Turf sprinter Richard's Boy crossed the wire second in the June 3 Pennsylvania Governor's Cup at Penn National, but stewards placed him first, ahead of Bold Thunder, after interference in the stretch. Trainer Peter Miller was recently notified that Richard's Boy had returned a positive test for methamphetamine, according to drf.com, and has executed his right to have a split sample tested. Results of that test have not yet been returned, so a ruling has not been issued.
Miller, currently leading the standings at Santa Anita, said he has not had a single positive test since he began training in 1987. Richard's Boy is entered in this Saturday's G3 Parx Dash, and was encouraged by his owner to go ahead and ship the gelding despite the earlier positive test. Miller said he tested the horse himself earlier this week, and that he tested clean.
“This is my first positive, it's surprising and disappointing,” Miller said. “Drugs are a societal problem nationwide, and I don't think racing boards know how to deal with it. But they need to come to grips with it. When you run a horse he comes in contact with a lot of people – the assistant starters, the pony people, blacksmiths, the identifier. This situation has me scared, I'll tell you that.”
Read more at drf.com.
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