dermorphin

New Mexico: Tests confirm Dermorphin positives

Independent lab tests have confirmed that all nine horses that originally tested positive in May for Dermorphin were indeed given that illegal painkiller. Vince Mares, the executive director of the New Mexico Racing Commission, told the Albuquerque Journal that the three trainers responsible for the drug positives will be subject to an administrative hearing and […]

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Koester: ‘One and Done: Class 1 violators should be banned from the sport’

In an editorial piece for North American Trainer magazine, William Koester writes that the rash of dermorphin positives is just the latest in a somewhat long line of class 1 drug violations that haven’t truly brought any changes in policy in horse racing. Koester, who is a member of the Ohio State Racing Commission and […]

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HBPA defends ‘zero tolerance’ position

The National Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association took issue with my comments of last week when I brought into question whether the “zero tolerance” position endorsed by the National HBPA and its affiliate members against Class 1 drugs like dermorphin would be put to the test after a recent ruling in Nebraska. In that case, […]

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HBPA ‘zero tolerance’: Too good to be true?

It was a tough and clear-cut statement the National Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association put out in June in the wake of the dozens of positive tests in Thoroughbred and Quarter horse racing for the Class 1 drug dermorphin, also known as frog juice. “The National HBPA and its Affiliates have zero tolerance for trainers […]

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Nebraska: Six weeks for frog juice positive

Frog juice has spread to another state. This time it’s Nebraska, where owner-trainer Kim Veerhusen has been wrist-slapped with a $1,500 fine and a brief suspension that ends Sept. 19, 2012, after a horse appropriately named Cheatin Cowboy tested positive for dermorphin – a Class 1 drug also known as frog juice – after finishing […]

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Quarter Horse testing positive for dermorphin breaks down at New Mexico racetrack

Jess A Zoomin, a Quarter Horse who had just won a trial heat in preparation for the $2 million All American Futurity, broke down and was euthanized Thursday after the race according to Walt Bogdanich of the New York Times. The horse was one of eight which recently tested positive for the powerful painkiller dermorphin […]

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Can Jockey Club reforms overcome ‘confederacy of dunces’?

Just because a situation looks hopeless doesn’t mean you should give up. That philosophy, apparently, is what is driving The Jockey Club and other supporters of medication reform in horse racing. Many of the men and women who regulate racing at the state level probably had a good chuckle during Sunday’s Jockey Club Round Table […]

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Louisiana racing commission postpones hearings on Dermorphin cases

According to a report at Nola.com, the Louisiana State Racing Commission will meet  August 29-30 to hear cases against nine trainers cited for alleged rules violations. The violations stem from 11 horses testing positive for dermorphin at Louisiana tracks, Executive Director Charlie Gardiner said Monday. The racing commission, which was originally scheduled to meet July […]

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New Mexico: Racing officials cracking down on drug violators

Racing in New Mexico, in particular racing at Ruidoso Downs, has come under increased scrutiny lately due to a rash of Dermorphin positives. Many of the horses tested had competed in the Ruidoso Derby or Ruidoso Futurity. Officials with the New Mexico Racing Commission and the New Mexico Horsemen’s Association have been making great strides […]

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Rees: Lasix isn’t the problem-kicking out cheaters is

Another day, another dermorphin positive reported. Or so it seems, anyway. In her latest column for the Louisville Courier-Journal, Jennie Rees discusses her concern that therapeutic, legal medications-such as furosemide-are being thrown into the same category as illegal ones such as dermorphin. Rees states that racing “needs to convince the public that it is serious […]

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