Minnesota Racing Commission Responds To Paulick Commentary

In his “View From The Eighth Pole” commentary published on March 11, Paulick Report publisher Ray Paulick took issue with how the Minnesota Racing Commission has handled methamphetamine positives in recent years, including the case of a trainer who had two methamphetamine violations in a four-year period. The editorial, “Regulatory Fairness Left in the Starting […]

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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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Lab Contamination? Administrative Law Judge Recommends Meth Positive Be Thrown Out In New Jersey

An administrative law judge has recommended to the New Jersey Racing Commission that it reverse a $1,500 fine against Joe Sharp and a $60,000 purse forfeiture from a horse he trains that tested positive for methamphetamine at Monmouth Park in 2017. In making her ruling, Administrative Law Judge Susan M. Scarola said post-race samples from […]

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‘Mitigating Circumstances’: Miller Fined $1500 For Methamphetamine Positive In Pennsylvania

Trainer Peter Miller has officially been fined $1500 by the Pennsylvania Racing Commission, resulting from a positive test for methamphetamine in his trainee Richard’s Boy. Richard’s Boy ran in the $200,000 Pennsylvania Governor’s Cup on June 3 at Penn National, finishing second by a head to Bold Thunder. Bold Thunder was disqualified to second for interference, […]

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Medical Examiner: Gomez Died From Accidental Overdose Of Methamphetamine

Dr. Gregory Hess, Chief Medical Examiner in Pima County, Ariz., has ruled the death of former jockey Garrett Gomez an accident due to methamphetamine overdose. Gomez, 44, a two-time Eclipse Award winner who stopped riding in October 2013 and announced his retirement in June 2015, was found in his room at a Native American casino hotel near Tucson, Ariz., on Dec. […]

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Illinois: Trainer Frank Kirby Appealing One-Year Suspension

Trainer Frank Kirby has decided to appeal one-year suspension that he received from the Illinois Racing Board after one of his horses tested positive for methamphetamine. The Daily Racing Form reports that Kirby received the ban after his horse All My Secrets tested positive for meth after a second-place finish in the first race at Hawthorne Nov. 4. […]

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Isn’t It Ironic: Aussie Mare Named Party Till Dawn Tests Positive For ‘Ice’

Trainer Ben Currie faces a hearing before the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission after one of his horses tested positive for methamphetamine. According to a report at, the 5-year-old mare, Party Till Dawn, tested positive for the prohibited substance – more commonly known by the street name ‘ice’ – after charging to a six-length victory at Toowoomba Racecourse […]

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Australia: Trainer Chris Waller Fined $30,000 For ‘Ice’ Positive

Trainer Chris Waller must pay a $30,000 fine as a result of one of his horses, Betcha Thinking, tested positive for low levels of methamphetamine, or ‘ice’ on Oct. 5. The Herald Sun reports that Betcha Thinking was also disqualified from its second-place finish at Canterbury. Waller has introduced random drug testing at his stables, after five employees […]

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Australia: ‘Ice’ Positive Confirmed, Chief Steward Hopes To Increase Industry Worker Testing

Australian trainer Chris Waller, who oversees the training of popular racemare Winx, had a different horse in his stable, recently revealed as the maiden Betcha Thinking, test positive for methamphetamine on Oct. 5. On Tuesday, official racing laboratories Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory and Racing Analytical Services Limited both confirmed the presence of “ice” and its […]

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