Common Pasture Weed May Lead To Positive Equine Drug Test

New research suggests that a plant commonly found in pastures across the United States can cause horses to fail a drug test. Barbarea vulgaris, known as yellow rocket, can cause a horse to test positive for Aminorex, an appetite suppressant that has an amphetamine-like qualities, which could impact a horse’s athletic performance. Aminorex is listed […]

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Golden Gate: Pair Of Jockeys Suspended 30 Days For Mid-Race Whip Exchange

Jockeys Silvio Amador and Julien Couton have been suspended 30 days each by Northern California stewards, according to, for an exchange of the riding crop in Golden Gate Fields’ sixth race on Dec. 12. Couton, riding the 6 horse Olive You More, dropped his own whip approaching the stretch run. As Olive You More pulled […]

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Updated: Asmussen Suspended 30 Days For Pair Of Acepromazine Overages

The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission issued a 30-day suspension to Hall of Fame trainer Steve Asmussen on Nov. 30, 2019, after two of his trainees were found to have Acepromazine in their post-race urine samples. Acepromazine is a sedative which can be used to calm horses on the racetrack. The first ruling was for Thousand […]

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Owner, Trainer Appealing Delaware Suspensions For ‘Unauthorized Use Of Shockwave Therapy’

Owner David Neilson and trainer Anthony Pecoraro are both appealing six-month suspensions and $1,000 fines issued by the Delaware Thoroughbred Racing Commission because of an “unauthorized use of shockwave therapy,” reports the Thoroughbred Daily News. The rulings stem from an investigation into the catastrophic breakdown of Glencairn at Delaware Park on Aug. 5. The heavy favorite […]

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Juarez Suspended 15 Days, Fined $2,500 For Wood Memorial Ride

Jockey Nik Juarez has been suspended for 15 days by New York stewards, according to The rider was disqualified from seventh to last in Saturday’s G2 Wood Memorial, when he and his mount Joevia cut over to the rail from the far outside post position and impeded several riders. Juarez was also fined $2,500 for […]

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Paco Lopez Suspended 30 Days For Role In Gulfstream Spill

Jockey Paco Lopez was handed a 30-day suspension Friday by Gulfstream stewards for careless riding in Thursday’s first race, causing a spill and resulting in jockey Romero Maragh undergoing surgery Friday for two broken vertebrae and Carlos Montalvo suffering a fractured ankle. Management also announced that any jockey suspended will be given a mandatory five […]

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Desormeaux Officially Sanctioned For ‘Failure To Give His Best Effort’

Jockey Kent Desormeaux has officially been handed a three-day suspension by the Del Mar stewards, reports, regarding an incident in the fourth race on Aug. 25. Desormeaux was aboard Take A Leap, who was in second position for most of the stretch but got nailed on the wire to end up finishing third. A social […]

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Judge Grants Espinoza Stay Of Suspension For Careless Riding

Judge Timothy M. Casserly awarded a stay of his 10-day suspension to apprentice jockey Assael Espinoza in San Diego County Superior Court on Thursday, according to agent Brian Beach. The suspension was originally handed down by stewards for an incident in which Espinoza caused interference in Saturday’s final race at Del Mar; jockeys Corey Nakatani […]

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After-The-Wire Interference In Belmont Derby Costs Boudot 15 Days

Pierre-Charles Boudot finished fifth aboard Kingstar in the Grade 1 Belmont Derby, but an incident after the wire has cost the jockey a 15-day suspension, according to In the head-on replay, Kingstar can be seen drifting toward the rail and into the path of sixth-place finisher Maraud and jockey John Velazquez. NYRA stewards handed down […]

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