drug violations

The Friday Show Presented By Editorial, A Climax Stallion: Common Sense Takes A Back Seat?

A Kentucky stewards’ ruling nearly a year and a half in the making could have a profound impact on the career of highly respected trainer Rusty Arnold. Horses in Arnold’s care in 2016 tested positive for ractopamine, a feed additive listed as a Class 2 drug by the Association of Racing Commissioners International. But given […]

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USEF Turning Away From ‘Absolute Insurer’ Philosophy On Drug Violations

The United States Equestrian Federation is moving to expand its rules regarding drug violations in a significant way. The sporthorse organization had previously treated drug violations under its own version of the absolute insurer concept that governs violations in horse racing, but on June 30 voted to expand to rule to allow suspensions and penalties […]

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Story Updates: Vazquez Back In Action; Morales Lands In Louisiana

Updates on some stories from the recent past. — Trainer Juan Vazquez is back in business, though not in Maryland, where he was told by Maryland Jockey Club officials last month he is no longer welcome to stable or race at their tracks. Vazquez was suspended 90 days last year for being the aggressor and […]

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What Next for O’Neill? Possibly a Lengthy Suspension in California

The New York State Gaming Commission suspension of Doug O’Neill set in motion steps that could have far-reaching implications beyond the stipulated settlement that was intended to sideline the Southern California-based trainer from Nov. 3-Dec. 18, 2014. We already know O’Neill has been suspended 45 days and will not be able to participate in the […]

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Derby-Winning Trainer Dutrow Endures Racing Exile

Six years ago, Rick Dutrow’s Big Brown rolled to victory in the Kentucky Derby as the heavy favorite. But less than half a decade after that triumph, the trainer found himself suspended from the sport for ten years, serving time for drug violations. In an exclusive interview with NBC News, Dutrow insisted his innocence. “I’ve […]

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CHRB Rejected Stewards’ Tougher Penalty in Zilpaterol Case

Following is a regular update from the California Horse Racing Board of all complaints and stewards’ rulings involving Class 1, 2, and 3 medication violations and other significant matters. Acting on an order of remand and pursuant to an agreement between the CHRB and trainer Genaro Vallejo, the stewards at Golden Gate Fields suspended Vallejo […]

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Charles Town Trainer Grove Suspended, Fined Over Medication Violation

Trainer Chris Grove has been suspended six months and fined $5,000 by the stewards at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races for a drug violation that occurred in July. According to a report in the Blood-Horse, the suspension and fine are due to one of Grove’s horses, Bubba de France, testing positive on July 28, […]

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The Downs at Albuquerque joins Ruidoso in cracking down on drug violators

The Downs at Albuquerque has joined Ruidoso Downs in instituting stricter policies regarding drug violations and those caught cheating. In a statement released late Monday evening, officials at The Downs announced their new policy: Under the new policy, following an initial positive test for doping conducted by the New Mexico Racing Commission, the trainer will […]

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Hubbard: Ruidoso to ban major drug violators

Any trainer that has a horse test positive for a Class 1 or Class 2 drug during the 2013 race meet at Ruidoso Downs will have their stalls revoked and will not be allowed to enter horses at the track, according to a report by the Daily Racing Form. According to the DRF, R.D. Hubbard, […]

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