Waxy Monkey Tree Frog. By Afulki on Flickriver.

Louisiana Racing Commission to meet late Sept on dermorphin cases

BOB FORTUS writing for the Times-Biscayne reports:

Waxy Monkey Tree Frog. By Afulki on Flickriver.
Dermorphin is made from the secretions of Waxy Monkey Tree Frog and said to be up to 40x more powerful than morphine. Racehorses are testing positive for dermorphin at tracks around the U.S. Image by Afulki on Flickriver.
    NEW ORLEANS — The Louisiana State Racing Commission will meet Sept. 27-28 to hear cases against nine trainers cited by stewards for alleged rules violations stemming from 11 positives for dermorphin at Louisiana tracks, Executive Director Charlie Gardiner said Tuesday.

    Dermorphin is a powerful, pain-killing drug that Racing Commissioners International categorizes in Class I, among the most harmful drugs that might be given to horses.

    The commission was planning to consider the cases against quarter-horse trainers Heath Taylor, Steve Garrison, Darrel Soileau, Alvin Smith Jr., Alonzo Loya and Gonzalo Gonzales and thoroughbred trainers Keith Charles, Kyi Lormand and Anthony Agilar at a two-day meeting in late August, but the meeting was canceled because of Hurricane Isaac.

    Under Louisiana racing rules, the recommended penalty for a Class I violation is a suspension of at least a year and no more than five years, and a $5,000 fine. Racing regulators say that dermorphin is much more powerful than morphine and has no legitimate use in horses.

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