Series Reveals Reality of Drug Wars in Racing

Congratulations are in order to the Thoroughbred Daily News and contributing writers Ryan Goldberg, Bill Finley, and Lucas Marquardt for the six-part series on drugs in horse racing that just concluded. If you haven’t read the entire series, do yourself a favor and visit the TDN’s website and catch up on this comprehensive, eye-opening volume […]

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Delta Downs Names Race for Meche

Delta Downs officials say they will honor Jess Meche, the 21-year-old exercise rider who died aboard a horse conditioned by banned trainer M. Health Taylor. The track will name a race in Meche’s honor on the May 18 card, and local horsemen will present a plaque to Meche’s family. Father Robert Meche, a Quarter Horse […]

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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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‘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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Oklahoma: Banned Trainers Sue to Race at Remington

Four trainers that have been barred from racing due to medication violations have filed suit in Oklahoma County District Court to be allowed to run horses at the upcoming Remington Park race meeting. According to an article in the Oklahoman, trainers Robert Dimitt, Rodney Harmon, Jeffrey Heath Reed, and Karl Broberg allege their “constitutional rights […]

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Two years for Nebraska frog juicer Veerhusen

Owner-trainer Kim Veerhusen has been suspended two years and fined $1,000 by the Nebraska State Racing Commission after one of his horses tested positive for dermorphin, the highly potent painkiller also known as frog juice. The drug was detected by Truesdail Laboratories in the horse Cheatin Cowboy, who finished second in a July 15, 2012, […]

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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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‘If we can’t trust our vet, who can we trust?’

Thoroughbred trainer Anthony Agilar, who had never been cited for any kind of medication violation since he began training in 1997, was none too happy to discover that two of his horses tested positive for the powerful Class 1 drug dermorphin in May of this year. Agilar wasn’t expecting a three-year suspension, either, after the […]

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