illegal drugs in racing

Owner Gary West: Maximum Security To Undergo Thorough Medical Examination, New Round Of Drug Tests

The following statement was provided by Thoroughbred owner and breeder Gary West, who bred and co-owns Maximum Security, Eclipse Award champion 3-year-old male of 2019 whose victory in the world’s richest race, the $20-million Saudi Cup, was followed nine days later by a federal indictment alleging illegal doping by trainer Jason Servis and others. After […]

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View From The Eighth Pole: Regulatory Fairness Left At Starting Gate In Minnesota

In her written decision recommending dismissal of any sanctions against the owner and trainer of a horse testing positive for minuscule levels of methamphetamine at Monmouth Park in 2017, Administrative Law Judge Susan M. Scarola said New Jersey Racing Commission steward Stephen Pagano testified in the case that he had never heard of a meth […]

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Ruidoso Downs Enlisting K9 Units To Sniff Out Illegal Substances

Ruidoso Downs Race Track in New Mexico is teaming up with the Ruidoso and Ruidoso Downs Police Departments and the Lincoln County Sheriff’s office to use K9 units at the track. These three law enforcement agencies will use experienced K9 units to periodically inspect incoming trucks and trailers, as well as tack rooms and feed […]

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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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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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