ALBANY — A Southern California trainer has been suspended for one year by Golden Gate Fields stewards after three horses in his care tested positive for a banned drug, the California Horse Racing Board announced Tuesday.
Owner/trainer John Martin of Marina del Rey had half of the suspension stayed as long as he does not commit any other serious medication violations, state racing officials said in a news release.
Martin, who has 1,941 victories in 7,631 starts, according to Equibase, also was fined $20,000.
Three horses Martin ran at Golden Gate Fields in Albany and the Big Fresno Fair tested positive for ergoloid mesylates, state officials said. Ergoloid mesylates are used to treat Alzheimer’s and certain mood disorders in humans, according to the horse racing board. State officials said the drug is thought to be used in racing as an anti-bleeding treatment.
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We looked up ergoloid mysylates. See below. We still don’t what the heck it is. Is it really an anti-bleeder, or simply makes you feel happy, feel no pain type of happy that is. Not that we really need to know. The list of illicit drugs given to racehorses is seemingly bottomless. However, it’s interesting about Albert Hofmann, being the discoverer of LSD. Totally unrelated no doubt, except LSD has been given to racehorses. It was the 70s but you know . . . and, . . . never mind.
“Ergoloid mesylates (USAN), co-dergocrine mesilate (BAN) or dihydroergotoxine mesylate, trade name Hydergine, is a mixture of the methanesulfonate salts of three dihydrogenated ergot alkaloids (dihydroergocristine, dihydroergocornine, and alpha- and beta-dihydroergocryptine).
It was developed by Albert Hofmann (the discoverer of LSD) for Sandoz (now part of Novartis).”
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