Quarter Horse conditioner Bobby R. Martinez, who has trained winners of more than $12.9 million, has been handed a potential 34-year suspension and fines of up to $480,000 after the New Mexico Racing Commission says he had eight positive tests for a Class 1 substance.
The rulings, issued March 31, were all for ostarine, which also goes by the names MK-2866 and enobosarm. Ostarine is not approved by the Food and Drug Administration for use in humans or animals and is not considered to have any legitimate purpose in a racehorse. Two of the positives were found post-race, while the rest were in out-of-competition tests.
Martinez told Q-Racing, a publication of the American Quarter Horse Association, that he does not deserve such harsh treatment, as he was only serving as a paper trainer for another, unidentified person.
Ostarine falls into the category of SARMs (selective androgen receptor modulator substances) which are not anabolic steroids themselves but operate on androgenic receptors to create similar effects in humans. It wouldn’t be the first time ostarine has been discovered in connection with racehorses. In September 2019, the Emirates Racing Authority issued a press release detailing an inspection of the stables of Rashed Bouresly.