05/29/2013 3:41PM

Al Zarooni drops appeal of eight-year suspension


Former Godolphin trainer Mahmood Al Zarooni has withdrawn an appeal of an eight-year suspension for administering steroids to runners in his stable in England earlier this year, the British Horseracing Authority announced Wednesday.

The eight-year suspension was announced April 25 and Al Zarooni announced days later that he planned to appeal. Wednesday, his lawyers said he would not pursue the appeal.

“The BHA received notice from the solicitors of Mahmood Al Zarooni that he has withdrawn his appeal regarding his eight-year disqualification,” a BHA spokesman said. “Our investigation into the circumstances surrounding the Al Zarooni case continues.”

Godolphin Racing is the showcase stable of Sheikh Mohammed of Dubai. With Al Zarooni, Godolphin won the 2010 Dubai World Cup with Monterosso.

Al Zarooni, 37, could face further sanctions from the BHA. The initial suspension was based on positives found in 11 of his runners on April 9. Al Zarooni later said that four other horses had been administered the banned steroids ethylestranol and stanozolol.

After the initial positives, the BHA conducted testing on all Al Zarooni-trained runners. An additional seven horses were found to be positive for steroids from those tests, the BHA announced May 20. The BHA may take further action against Al Zarooni for the second group of positives, the ruling body said.

The 22 horses found to have tested positive have been banned from racing until autumn.

Bellwether4U More than 1 year ago
Milk Sheikh!!!...All humans are born with larceny in their hearts...Period...
nick More than 1 year ago
Can you imagine racing in the USA where upon a first(albeit multiple) drug violation the trainer gets an 8 (EIGHT ! !) year suspension? And the horses themselves are not allowed to race for several months?
John Smith More than 1 year ago
Do you people really think Sheikh Mohammed knew nothing about this? Like they say on ESPN. "Come On Man" !
Ray Sousa More than 1 year ago
first the sheik is one of the biggest proponents of vigorous testing. He has pushed for a ban on Lasix for instance. We all know Lasix is a masking agent for the other drugs...so i dont see how he would push to have testing be more rigorous and then have his horses get caught....he has also criminalized the use of steroids in dubai making al zarooni a criminal there....the man spends 100s of million to acquire the best thourobreds he has the best already its the others that need help to compete the cleaner the better for him...i think al zarooni wanted to rise tthe top of godolphins operations quickly and decided to help his horses a little he probably thought the british racing officials would not have the guts to walk in to a godolphin stable and test....that said what he did would not even be illegal in most american states where steroid use is fine as long as you dont enter the horse before the withdrawal period.
Mr. Ed More than 1 year ago
This trainer, steroids, another previous trainer, steroids, he himself rode a horse in an event tested positve for steroids and received a suspension.
Sharjil Ahmad More than 1 year ago
I think u didnt hear that Sheikh just announced that use of anabolic steroids is going to be criminalized in horse racing in UAE. That means, UAE sets an example for United States' corrupt racing industry where no one even dares to mention the use of steroids. Every single trainer uses them off the track here. and yes, Sheikh would have not known about this. You seem to forget, he is already the top owner in the world, there is no further height he needs to achieve. Naysayers will always be crying
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John Smith More than 1 year ago
Yea . They might rig the brakes on his camel.
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Lawrence Vaccarelli More than 1 year ago
Debbie Bertone Francis More than 1 year ago
Thumbs!! Try cahones!!!