Alleged drug smugglers may have ties to Quarter Horse racing

Cross-posted from the Daily Racing Form
WRITTEN BY MATT HEGARTY

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A group of 18 people who were arrested last week in Louisiana on charges of drug smuggling included several individuals with ties to Quarter Horse racing in the state, according to reports covering the arrests and officials with the state racing commission.

The list of people arrested included several who appear to be involved in or related to individuals in the state’s Quarter Horse racing industry. Charles Gardiner, the executive director of the Louisiana Racing Commission, said late Monday that the commission had verified that several individuals were licensed in the state, but he declined to provide the verified names until he was able to recheck the records.

“We’re weighing our options about what we can do, if anything,” Gardiner said. “Precedent says that it’s not grounds for [license suspension] on an arrest, only on a felony conviction, so we’re kind of in a holding pattern right now.”

Gardiner did confirm that one of the arrested persons, Alvin Smith III, is the son of Alvin Smith Jr., a Quarter Horse trainer who was suspended last year for 10 years by the Louisiana Racing Commission after horses he trained tested positive for dermorphin, a powerful painkiller. Smith Jr. was one of eight Quarter Horse and Thoroughbred trainers to be suspended for findings of the drug in 2012. Continue reading >>