dermorphin rulings

Louisiana Appeals Court Upholds 2012 Dermorphin Penalties

Louisiana’s Third Circuit Court of Appeal affirmed a lower court ruling upholding the 2012 fines and suspensions given four Quarter horse trainers with positive tests for the powerful painkiller dermorphin, a Class 1 drug said to be 40 times more powerful than morphine. The trainers – John Darrel Soileau, Alonzo Loya, Alvin Smith and Michael […]

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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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Court Upholds Dermorphin Rulings at Evangeline Downs

A Louisiana circuit court has upheld the fines and suspensions issued by the Louisiana Racing Commission in two cases at Evangeline Downs that involved the painkiller dermorphin. According to a report in the Daily Racing Form, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans upheld the suspensions of trainers Anthony Agilar and Kyi Lormand. […]

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Louisiana Exercise Rider Killed by Horse From Suspended Trainer’s Stable

Jess C. Meche, a 21-year-old exercise rider at Delta Downs racetrack in Vinton, La., died in a training accident on the evening of April 11. Meche, from Church Point, La., was killed when the Quarter horse Czech Revolution fractured both front legs, throwing the rider to the ground. The horse landed on Meche’s head and […]

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Trainers in a Pickle After Oklahoma Ruling

A District Court judge in Oklahoma County, Okla., has ruled against four Thoroughbred and Quarter horse trainers who sought a temporary restraining order to lift a ban imposed on them by Remington Park earlier this year. The four trainers – Robert Demitt, Rodney Harmon, Jeffrey Heath Reed, and Karl Broberg – have either been suspended […]

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Remington Park: Stewards rule on dermorphin positive

Remington Park stewards have issued the first rulings for dermorphin positives in Oklahoma. According to a report in the Daily Racing Form, trainer Roberto Sanchez-Munoz was cited for 10 different horses testing positive for the Class 1 painkiller, in April and May. The horses ran during Remington’s Quarter Horse meet. The stewards also cited Sanchez-Munoz’s […]

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