07/03/2013 11:45AM

Daisy Devine has clenbuterol positive at Keeneland; DQ'd from second in Wiley

Tom Keyser
Daisy Devine's connections will forfeit the $60,000 she earned for finisng second in the Jenny Wiley following a clenbuterol positive.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The millionaire mare Daisy Devine has been disqualified from her runner-up finish in the Grade 1 Jenny Wiley Stakes at Keeneland in April after testing positive for clenbuterol, a Class 3 medication. Trainer Andrew McKeever has been suspended 15 days and fined $500 by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission for his role in his stable star being disqualified.

Daisy Devine, owned by James M. and Debbie Miller, was slated to earn $60,000 for finishing second behind Centre Court in the $300,000 Jenny Wiley on April 13. The purse will be redistributed accordingly.

McKeever said this week from his Keeneland base that he will not appeal.

“I accept the penalties under the trainer-responsibility rule and I thank the Millers for their support,” he said. “Having said that, I must make it known that neither I nor my staff nor any veterinarians administer clenbuterol to any of our horses in Kentucky. Since this positive came to our attention, we have installed a security system in my barn whereby all horses can be monitored at all times.”

Clenbuterol, a bronchodilator commonly used for therapeutic purposes, currently has a threshold limit in Kentucky of 25 picograms per milliliter in blood plasma or serum, with a withdrawal guideline of 72 hours. Daisy Devine tested positive for 47 picograms, according to a ruling released Wednesday by the KHRC. A split sample sent to Louisiana State University confirmed the original finding by the KHRC testing lab, HFL Sport Science in Lexington, Ky.

McKeever, an Irish native who has trained in the U.S. since 1995, said his horses will run in the name of his assistant, Brian Murphy, during his absence. The suspension begins July 15.

Daisy Devine has raced twice since the Jenny Wiley, with both starts coming over the Churchill Downs turf. She finished third behind Stephanie’s Kitten and Hungry Island in the Grade 2 Churchill Distaff Turf Mile on the May 4 Kentucky Derby undercard, then was second as the odds-on favorite behind Miz Ida as the highweight in the June 8 Mint Julep Handicap.

After the disqualification, Daisy Devine, a 5-year-old Kentucky-bred by Kafwain, now has career earnings of $1,055,892, with 10 wins and 4 seconds from 21 starts.

Dave More than 1 year ago
$500??? Is this a joke? For doping in a Grade 1 race at one of the country's most prestigious tracks? And the excuses are just too much. We're supposed to believe there's some hidden hand directing masked men to enter barns in the middle of the night and administer drugs to horses. Come on.
Ken Wiener More than 1 year ago
What is truly absurd is that McKeever is allowed to simply have his horses run in the name of his assistant for 15 days. Every horse in his barn should be prohibited from racing for the 15 days. Yes, innocent owners would be hurt, but they would be encouraged to place their horses with a trainer with a clean record. The possibility of losing owners would add to the risk for a trainer inclined to be "careless".
Mary Johnson More than 1 year ago
Ken, I couldn't agree with you more! Well said!
Glenn Thompson More than 1 year ago
Mike Rutledge More than 1 year ago
I don't know who did what but does anyone remember sponges put way up in a horse's nostril.
michael More than 1 year ago
He should pay back every penny bet on every other horse by bettors he cheated into a fund for retired horses. It is money the bettors cannot get back. $500 fine is an outrage.
Ivan More than 1 year ago
Mr. McKeever: since you are so intent on insulting our intelligence and common sense, why don't you follow the DUTROW / RODRIGUEZ Rule of WHO ME? You call a press conference, you feign total ignorance, you say it was not you, you reaffirm that statement by saying you've never done that and say you will install cameras or post security guards...and then...HOPE FOR THE BEST FREE PASS in the WORLD from the RACING AUTHORITIES....OH!!! BUT WAIT a SECOND!!! I'M SORRY! - THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT YOU JUST DID!!!! So - you were following the DUTROW/RODRIGUEZ playbook after all...GOOD STUDENT! One little thing missing though: you need to get the Millers to offer a MONETARY REWARD ( don't worry it will go unclaimed) for informatin on "who could possibly have done that to hurt you and them...) By the way, any one that has a chance - go watch that race again and feel the POWER of ClenB on the last turn and on the home stretch ! EXHILARATING CHEATING EXAMPLE for the books...SHAME on ALL of YOU!
Dee R. Eff More than 1 year ago
Calm down with the rambling incoherent meandering statements laced with random capitalization. You want to hang this guy for a positive for clenbuterol. Okey dokey then. But, you do realize that most of your favorite trainers that you love and admire are using it to train their horses on right? They just make sure their off of it at least ten days before race day.
Dee R. Eff More than 1 year ago
they're off of it.
Mary Johnson More than 1 year ago
Dee, that doesn't make it right, does it?
Mary Johnson More than 1 year ago
Get the drugs OUT of racing or shut down sport!
jttf More than 1 year ago
15 days and $500 is a complete joke. horse racing protects the cheaters. how much money did the stable win with their own bets ? this shows you how intelligent horsemen really are ? even the non cheaters let them get by with this.
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jttf More than 1 year ago
how much betting money did lou pena win with over 1700 violations ? he did win a lot of races with race day bute. had to be one of the top betting handicappers to ever live. the best angle in the world is race day bute.
Dee R. Eff More than 1 year ago
The horse finished second, how much money could they have made.
DavidC More than 1 year ago
Do most people understand the propose for usage of the drug in the first place? And if, not then heres the news. Clenbuterol was first introduced to the racing world through standardbred racing and came via that situation. However, it's primarily used for horses who lack stamina and need a little something to help them finish a race respectabliblity. And I understand the penalities for the usage and I'm not gonna knock the statement that the quote trainer said about not knowing ! but he knows something and reason stands to reason!. Racing is going to have the situations no matter what the consequences. It's part of the game and the fans know it to. Just that they don't like to loose when their money is on the line.
Dee R. Eff More than 1 year ago
Clenbuterol should be removed from the allowed list of drugs. It's a joke to have a bronchial dilator that acts like an anabolic steroid to build lean muscle mass. There are other dilators that do not have that wanted side affect. Research showed that more than 50% of all thoroughbreds are trained on Clenbuterol. A ten day withdrawl window. Who cares who tests positve or not based on the timing. More than half use it to build muscle mass. Ban Clenbuterol.
Margaret Cowan More than 1 year ago
Notice every trainer is mystified by a bad drug test and is certain of a conspiracy against him. What a joke. The second joke - 15 days and $500.00. How is that a deterrent? The third joke - it took over 2 months for this to be resolved. Come on people, let us agree that very little is changing. I still vote for the USDEA to take over. The sooner, the better.
myjockwon More than 1 year ago
think about how many tracks, an how many horses run per day, then factor in how many testing labs there are. and you'll get your answer on the amount of time it takes for test results to be returned.i agree on joke one and joke two.How about the fact that a trainer can turn the horses over to the assistant and it's business as usual. When jocks get days they can't ride, but a trainer just keeps on keeping on