illegal drugs in racing

Veterinarian Hebert, Kohll’s Pharmacy Guilty In Dermorphin Criminal Case

Acting U.S. Attorney Alexander C. Van Hook announced today that a federal jury found a Lake Charles veterinarian and a Nebraska pharmacy guilty of conspiring to sell an unapproved opioid drug 40 times more powerful than morphine for the purpose of improving the performance of race horses. Kyle James Hebert, 42, of Lake Charles, La., […]

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AQHA Champion Trainer Kearl Suspended 19 Years; Stroud, Sanchez Also Sanctioned

Reigning champion American Quarter Horse Association trainer Judd Kearl has been suspended 19 years and fined $110,000 by stewards in Texas after five of his horses tested positive for the Class 1 drug nomifensine – a human antidepressant medication taken off the market in the 1980s. Two other trainers were sanctioned at the same time […]

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Summary Suspensions Upheld In Texas Class 1 Drug Case; Vet Identified

Texas Racing Commission stewards have upheld summary suspensions of three Quarter horse trainers – including reigning AQHA champion trainer Judd Kearl – resulting from positive tests for the Class 1 drug nomifensine in May and June. A formal hearing was conducted on Wednesday, Sept. 6, to hear evidence, testimony and arguments related to the July […]

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Quarter Horse Trainers Kearl, Sanchez, Stroud Issued Summary Suspensions In Texas

Texas Racing Commission stewards have issued immediate summary suspensions for three Quarter horse trainers – Judd Kearl, Jose Sanchez and Brian Stroud – who on July 21 were notified of alleged positive tests for the Class 1 drug nomifensine, an anti-depressant drug that was taken off the market in the U.S. 25 years ago because […]

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AQHA Champion Trainer Kearl Among Trio Notified Of Alleged Class 1 Drug Violations

Judd Kearl, the reigning American Quarter Horse Association champion trainer and 2016 leader in both money and races won in North America, was among three trainers notified on Friday by the Texas Racing Commission that horses in their care allegedly tested positive for the Class 1 drug Nomifensine. Kearl was notified of five alleged Class 1 violations […]

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Feds Up The Ante Against Trainer Rojas, Seek $5.2 Million Judgment If Convicted

A federal grand jury in Harrisburg, Pa., has filed additional charges of wire fraud and conspiracy against owner-trainer Murray Rojas, alleging she illegally administered drugs to 47 horses over a period of more than five years. Authorities are seeking $5.2 million in a forfeiture judgment against her if convicted. Rojas, based at Penn National, was first indicted […]

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De Francis: What If An Over-Medicated Horse Collapses During The Triple Crown?

Joseph De Francis, formerly the CEO of the Maryland Jockey Club, is concerned that over the course of the Triple Crown classic races, “an overmedicated horse will collapse in front of millions of viewers, sending the industry’s already tenuous fortunes tumbling along with it,” according to a Baltimore Sun story. The 61-year-old warns that the […]

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Detection Of New Synthetic Drug Disturbing But Less Problematic Than Dermorphin

An announcement by the Association of Racing Commissioners International that the New York Equine Drug Testing Program confirmed the first incidence of a particular synthetic opioid in a racehorse was met with surprise and frustration. The finding of the drug, called AH-7921, may be unsettling, but experts say the substance is nothing new, and it […]

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New York Horsemen Commit $450,000 To Purchase New Drug Testing Equipment

The New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (NYTHA) today announced its commitment to acquire state-of-the-art testing equipment for the New York Equine Drug Testing and Research Program at Morrisville State College. The new equipment, a triple quadrupole mass spectrometer, will be used to screen for new drugs that are alleged to be used in horse racing, […]

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Eight bottles of concentrated cobalt mistakenly delivered to the wrong clinic helped uncover a widespread drug issue in Australian racing
Package Delivered To Wrong Vet Clinic Triggered Australia’s Cobalt Scandal

It appears a package delivered to the wrong veterinarian clinic set off the far-reaching cobalt crackdown tearing through Australia’s horse racing industry. The Herald-Sun reports that in January, 2014, renowned trainer David Hayes received at his training facility’s clinic a parcel sent from a laboratory in Queensland. The package was intended for a veterinarian based elsewhere. Inside, Hayes found […]

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