The Red Mile EPO positives move from smelly to murky.

Standardbred Canada gives us a link to a story on

However, the names of the horses, trainers, and owners might never be made public because the testing comes under the regulatory gray area of "house rules," established by tracks to go beyond state regulations.

Jim Carroll, spokesman for the Public Protection Cabinet that houses the racing commission, said the state has no authority for out-of-competition testing and so cannot use the test results to charge anyone under the state's drug rules.

If the positive test results had come under the state's authority, the trainers could have faced multi-year suspensions even for a first offense and the horses could have been suspended from competition for up to 60 days.

I guess I am now just confused. But I am just a dumb bettor.


Anonymous said...

Because when it happens to harness owning royalty and they are "shocked", it's needs to be kept quiet while the split samples are tested or until everybody forgets.

Anonymous said...

If they announce who came up with a positive after the trainer has the opportunity to have a retest or not contest the charge, that is fine. Otherwise, they will just go elsewhere and continue doing what they are doing.

If they don't announce who, we can all just look who got scratched this week and make a guess who was involved and no doubt we will identify innocent people as being offenders. That is not fair to the innocent either.

Anonymous said...

I have trouble blaming individuals in this, and don't want to. Like most of the things that get my back up on the bloggo, they are systemic things. I just can not fathom a sport not getting together in this day and age.

We often like to chalk up some criticism to "whiny gamblers" and such. Of course this is not the case. John Campbell made a wonderful speech last year at the Jug about uniform rules and testing. We have to get this done, imo.



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