Stewards at Louisiana Downs suspend Thoroughbred trainer for Dermorphin positive

A Thoroughbred trainer is the second horseman facing a suspension stemming from the recent outbreaks of positive tests in Louisiana for the powerful painkiller, Dermorphin. In a ruling dated Friday, June 22, Louisiana Downs stewards suspended trainer Keith Charles for six months because Cold Hearted Babe, who finished second in the second race May 27, […]

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No Dermorphin positives reported in New York

A test for the potent opioid dermorphin is part of the post-race protocol in New York, and there have been no positives for the drug in the state, New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association President Rick Violette Jr. reported today.  Violette reiterated the NYTHA position on any practice that involves blatant disregard for the welfare of […]

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Delta Downs stewards suspend two more QH trainers for Dermorphin positives

Stewards at Delta Downs have issued six-month suspensions to two Quarter Horse trainers after their horses tested positive for the painkiller dermorphin and have referred the cases to the Louisiana Racing Commission “for further action,” according to a listing of online rulings. The suspensions to Gonzalo Gonzales and Alonzo Loya were both levied by the […]

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Trainer Janks: It’s Fraud and It’s a Felony

Reading yet again of a new illegal drug, dermorphin, I wonder when racing officials and owners will ever get it. Racing like other sports is serious business and people who illegally medicate horses are not cheats – they are criminals. They are committing fraud, and yet there are virtually no consequences. If these same fraudulent […]

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NHBPA: ‘Those who use Dermorphin should be severely punished’

The National HBPA and its Affiliates have zero tolerance for trainers who use drugs like Dermorphin, which have no legitimate use in horses.  According to Phil Hanrahan, CEO of the National HBPA, “Dermorphin is doping.  Those who use Dermorphin should be severely punished.” Dermorphin is an opiate-like substance related to morphine.  In the horse, morphine […]

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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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Change in test and a warning led to spate of Dermorphin positives

Industrial Labs, a drug-testing company in Denver, Colo., was told by state racing regulators six months ago to be on the lookout for a potent opiate painkiller, dermorphin, according to the lab’s director, an alert that has led to a spate of post-race positives for the drug in at least two states. The warning was […]

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Ten Louisiana-based horses test positive for powerful opiate painkiller

Ten horses representing eight different trainers have tested positive in Louisiana for the Class 1 drug dermorphin, a powerful pain-killer said to be nearly 40 times more potent than morphine, Bob Fortus reported today in the New Orleans Times-Picayune. According to the report, positive tests traced to both Quarter horses and Thoroughbreds, with three racing […]

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