illegal drugs in racing

Australian Trainer Riley Banned Three Years For TCO2 Level

Australian trainer Mark Riley has been banned for three years following a high TCO2 test on his runner, Gold For Kev. Officials say Riley has one week to arrange for the transfer of his horses from his Mornington barn, as the ban takes place immediately. Riley trains Grade 1 Blue Diamond Stakes contender Of The […]

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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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Police in New Mexico Issue Arrest Warrant for Missing Horse Industry Attorney Kelley

Where is Cody Kelley? A lot of people, including the white collar crime unit of the Albuquerque, N.M., police department are looking for the attorney hired by numerous horse trainers in the Southwest to fight drug violations. The police have a warrant for Kelley’s arrest, according to various published reports, after a Gallup, N.M., restaurant […]

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The Meadowlands Uncovers Use of New Performance-Enhancing Drug

The following is a press release from The Meadowlands: For the past year, Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment has been conducting out-of-competition testing on horses racing at The Meadowlands, in part to determine if any trainers are using illegal substances, but also to gather information pertaining to what racehorses are being given prior to their races […]

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Regulators Voice Concerns Over Compounding Pharmacies

According to a report by The Blood-Horse, the Weatherford Compounding Pharmacy is raising eyebrows among Texas racing regulators, who say the pharmacy is manufacturing some concerning products. The pharmacy offers items such as Equine Growth Hormone, Race Ready, and Exacta among others, which officials believe may be designed to provide performance-enhancing effects without resulting in positive […]

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Chasing the Frog: Keeping Up With Slippery Cheaters

Illegal drugs in racing are certainly nothing new. Horsemen were brewing up miracle potions to get an edge as far back as the days of chariot racing, and over time the drugs of choice developed in pace with human pharmacology. For trainers who are inclined to cheat by using banned substances, the drugs in their […]

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RMTC, HFL Lab Identify Drugs in Delaware Raid

The Racing Medication and Testing Consortium’s Tactical Research Program was instrumental in the Delaware Thoroughbred Racing Commission’s recent prosecution of Donald Roberson by working with the HFL Sport Science Lexington laboratory to identify dichloracetic acid and tadalafil, which is marketed in the U.S. under the trade name Cialis. These substances were found during a July […]

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Editorial: Where is the BHA in Ongoing Sheikh Mohammed Case?

In a recent editorial, The Guardian’s Greg Wood questioned why the British Horseracing Authority has taken so little interest in the seizure of illegal drugs from Sheikh Mohammed’s Moorley Farm facility in Newmarket earlier this month. Another seizure of drugs belonging to Sheikh Mohammed was made public this weekend when The Guardian discovered that UK authorities in Stanstead […]

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Some Medications Are ‘For the Trainer, Not For the Horse’

According to a recent report by the Daily Racing Form, research by the Racing Medication Testing Consortium revealed a good news/bad news scenario about illegal drugs in racing. Unfortunately, more trainers than previously thought are giving their horses diluted illegal substances at undetectable levels. The good news is that those substances aren’t doing anything to enhance the […]

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