illegal drugs in racing

Los Alamitos maintains tough stance on illegal drugs

In an interview with Q-Racing Journal, Los Alamitos Race Course owner Dr. Ed Allred reiterated that the track will maintain its tough stance on drug violators and the illegal drugging of racehorses. During the interview, Allred stated that horsemen found using illegal drugs such as dermorphin or illegally administering otherwise legal drugs (such as clenbuterol) […]

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Trainer Janks: It’s Fraud and It’s a Felony

Reading yet again of a new illegal drug, dermorphin, I wonder when racing officials and owners will ever get it. Racing like other sports is serious business and people who illegally medicate horses are not cheats – they are criminals. They are committing fraud, and yet there are virtually no consequences. If these same fraudulent […]

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NHBPA: ‘Those who use Dermorphin should be severely punished’

The National HBPA and its Affiliates have zero tolerance for trainers who use drugs like Dermorphin, which have no legitimate use in horses.  According to Phil Hanrahan, CEO of the National HBPA, “Dermorphin is doping.  Those who use Dermorphin should be severely punished.” Dermorphin is an opiate-like substance related to morphine.  In the horse, morphine […]

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The Tree Frog Drug: Combating the Latest Racetrack Cocktail

Dermorphin is a highly potent drug that only recently hit the pharmaceutical landscape of American racetracks – especially those in the southern regions of the country where Quarter horses race – but author and adventurist Peter Gorman has had first-hand knowledge of how powerful the substance is for nearly 20 years. Gorman, an American who […]

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NY Times editorial: The sport of kings and drugs

The NY Times editorial on May 19 discussed horse racing and the prevalence of drugs in the sport. The column in particular singled out Kentucky Derby-winning trainer, Doug O’Neill and his checkered past.

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Arizona imposes sanctions on two for medication violations

Bill Walsh, Director of the Arizona Department of Racing (ADOR), has imposed sanctions on two individuals involved in the illegal medication of racehorses. Following two hearings, owner Jose Luis Ruiz-Vasquez and trainer Jose Luis Marquez-Cardena have been penalized for illicitly doping their horses with Class 1 and Class 2 drugs. In both instances, Director Walsh […]

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Faulkner: A Bounty for Racing Cheats?

With the harsh penalty handed down recently to Rick Dutrow by the New York State Racing and Wagering Board, a not so rude awakening has dominated the press.  The Emperor isn’t nearly so pretty naked to the world. “The Babe” is just one of the many who are believed by some of us to be […]

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Australia responds to possible ITPP threat in racing

Racing authorities in Australia have sent a positive post-race sample off to Hong Kong for further testing after arsenic was discovered in the sample.  Arsenic is a component of ITPP, a performance-enhancing drug developed in France.  Stewards said Australia’s racing forensic lab is collaborating internationally: “The possible use in Australia of ITPP, a drug believed […]

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