Quarter Horse trainer Bassett banned 10 years for frog juice

Waxy Monkey Tree Frog. By Afulki on Flickriver.

Cross-posted the Paulick Report RAY PAULICK reports: John H. Bassett, a past American Quarter Horse Association champion trainer and two-time winner of the sport’s premier event, the All-American Futurity, has been suspended a total of 10 years and fined $10,000 after two horses in his care tested positive for the prohibited Class 1 drug dermorphin.… Continue reading Quarter Horse trainer Bassett banned 10 years for frog juice

Louisiana Racing Commission to meet late Sept on dermorphin cases

Waxy Monkey Tree Frog. By Afulki on Flickriver.

BOB FORTUS writing for the Times-Biscayne reports: 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… Continue reading Louisiana Racing Commission to meet late Sept on dermorphin cases

New Mexico: Tests confirm dermorphin positives

Waxy Monkey Tree Frog. By Afulki on Flickriver.

by RAY PAULICK Cross-posted from the Paulick Report Independent lab tests have confirmed that all nine horses that originally tested positive in May for Dermorphin were indeed given that illegal painkiller. Vince Mares, the executive director of the New Mexico Racing Commission, told the Albuquerque Journal that the three trainers responsible for the drug positives… Continue reading New Mexico: Tests confirm dermorphin positives

Dermorphin use now suspected in Nebraska racehorse

Waxy Monkey Tree Frog. By Afulki on Flickriver.

by ART HOVEY Cross-posted from the Lincoln Star Journal (Aug 19, 2012) -- Insiders at horse-racing tracks call it frog juice, and concerns about its use as a performance-enhancing drug in Louisiana, Oklahoma and other states have spread to Nebraska. The Nebraska Racing Commission is investigating a case in which a urine sample drawn from… Continue reading Dermorphin use now suspected in Nebraska racehorse

Horse given exotic painkiller breaks down at New Mexico racetrack

Racehorse dead in the dirt at NM racetrack. Photo: Jakob Schiller.

Cross-posted from New York Times Written by WALT BOGDANICH and REBECCA R. RUIZ "A horse [who] recently tested positive for a supercharged painkiller drawn from a type of South American frog broke down and was euthanized Thursday at a New Mexico racetrack after winning a trial heat for the coming All American Futurity, one of… Continue reading Horse given exotic painkiller breaks down at New Mexico racetrack

U.S. horse racing through a glass darkly

A racehorse steps onto the track during training. Image by Clarence Alford.

So as through a glass, and darkly The age long strife I see Where I fought in many guises, Many names, but always me. -- George S. Patton In an article by Paul Moran for ESPN he covers the Jockey Club Round Table on Matters Pertaining to Racing recently held in Saratoga. "There is no… Continue reading U.S. horse racing through a glass darkly

Cheaters prosper at Florida’s Calder racecourse

Sole Runner wins Calder in Florida. Photo: Michael E Miller.

"For horses and jockeys, the issue isn't just about fairness — it's life-or-death. Trainers who use powerful painkillers and stimulants to force horses to run through their injuries make accidents more likely." Cheaters prosper at Calder racecourse states the Miami New Times. Written by Michael E. Miller, this is an extensive report -- a 7… Continue reading Cheaters prosper at Florida’s Calder racecourse

Overall rule and radical reform not damage control required in horse racing

Silhouette of Racehorse and Rider. Mark Lennihan / AP Image.

Horse racing in America needs radical reform and an overall ruling body empowered by Congress governing it, not media relation exercises designed to trick the public into thinking that the sport is clean and its horses safe from abuse and death. An example of the type of thinking that needs to go appears in an… Continue reading Overall rule and radical reform not damage control required in horse racing

The waxy monkey tree frog and drugging of racehorses

Waxy Monkey Tree Frog. By Afulki on Flickriver.

Just when you think you have heard every conceivable way someone can drug racehorses, this one takes the frog -- the waxy monkey tree frog, for instance. I mean, really, come on folks. The Blood-Horse reports (which I got via TheHorse.com): Dermorphin, a fluid obtained from certain South American frogs, is a hepta-peptide that is… Continue reading The waxy monkey tree frog and drugging of racehorses