Frog Juice

Twenty-Year Dermorphin Suspension Upheld for Quarter Horse Trainer

The New Mexico Racing Commission upheld the suspension and fine of Jeffrey Heath Reed, a Quarter Horse trainer sanctioned last year after four of his horses tested positive for dermorphin, also known as “frog juice.” Reed had appealed the two-decade suspension and $20,000 fine handed down in October 2012. Not only did the commission uphold […]

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‘Frog Juice’ Scandal Almost Devastated Oklahoma’s Racing Industry

Rumors had circulated for several years on the back side of Remington Park and other Oklahoma racetracks of a ‘wonder drug’ that was being used by certain trainers. However, post-race tests that were conducted never found any evidence of cheating. It wasn’t until last summer when racing officials in the Sooner State uncovered a handful […]

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Quarter Horse trainer Sanchez-Munoz handed century-long suspension for dermorphin positives

Oklahoma Quarter Horse trainer Roberto Sanchez-Munoz was fined $100,000 and suspended 100 years for 10 different cases of dermorphin positives during Remington Park’s 2012 meet. The Oklahoma Racing Commission panel suspended 80 years of the sentence, requiring 20 years be served. Additionally, Sanchez-Munoz’s assistant trainer Alejandro Sanchez-Munoz was suspended 20 years and fined $10,000. The […]

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Will Rogers Downs: Safe Haven for Frog Juicers?

Quarter horse trainer Jeffrey Heath Reed was suspended 21 years by the New Mexico Racing Commission stewards on Oct. 1 after four horses from his barn tested positive for the Class 1 drug dermorphin, commonly called frog juice, in futurity trials at Ruidoso Downs May 25. A fifth frog juice positive was dismissed because the […]

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Follow Ray: Live from Louisiana Dermorphin hearings, Part 2

The Louisiana State Racing Commission enters day two of meetings on Friday to hear the appeals of eight trainers who have had horses test positive for the powerful painkiller, Dermorphin.  These are the first public hearings on Dermorphin, which has been discovered in several states this year. Ray Paulick is on the scene in New […]

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Louisiana hearings: How horses got frog juice a mystery

Three Quarter horse trainers whose runners tested positive for the powerful Class 1 drug dermorphin at Delta Downs earlier this year told the Louisiana State Racing Commission on Thursday they had never heard of the drug before being charged and had no idea how it wound up in post-race blood and urine samples of their […]

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Follow Ray: Live from Louisiana hearings on Dermorphin positives

The Louisiana State Racing Commission launched two days of meetings Thursday to hear the appeals of eight trainers who have had horses test positive for the powerful painkiller, Dermorphin.  These are the first public hearings on Dermorphin, which has been discovered in several states this year. Ray Paulick is on the scene in New Orleans […]

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Quarter horse trainer Bassett banned 10 years for frog juice

John H. Bassett, a past American Quarter Horse Association champion trainer and two-time winner of the sport’s premier event, the All-American Futurity, has been suspended a total of 10 years and fined $10,000 after two horses in his care tested positive for the prohibited Class 1 drug dermorphin. The drug, said to be 40 times […]

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The Tree Frog Drug: Combating the Latest Racetrack Cocktail

Dermorphin is a highly potent drug that only recently hit the pharmaceutical landscape of American racetracks – especially those in the southern regions of the country where Quarter horses race – but author and adventurist Peter Gorman has had first-hand knowledge of how powerful the substance is for nearly 20 years. Gorman, an American who […]

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