heath taylor

With Suspension Behind Him, Heath Taylor Resumes Career With Gratitude, Patience

It’s been a long and arduous seven years, but on Monday, Jan. 28, trainer Heath Taylor, was restored to good standing by the Louisiana State Racing Commission. His ordeal began in May 2012, when Taylor was cited for a drug violation at Delta Downs.  The drug, Dermorphin, also known as frog juice because it originally […]

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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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Three more QH trainers cited for Dermorphin positives at Delta Downs

Heath Taylor, one of the leading Quarter Horse trainers in the country, was cited over the weekend from rulings stemming over the recent rash of positive tests for the pain-killer Dermorphin. Taylor was one of three Quarter Horse trainers cited, along with Steve Garrison and Darrel Soileau. Both Taylor and Garrison received six month suspensions; […]

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