11/13/2012 5:00PM

Dettori said to test positive in France

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Prominent England-based jockey Frankie Dettori tested positive for a banned substance in France on Sept. 16, and faces an inquiry from that country’s racing body, France Galop, next week.

France Galop didn’t provide any details concerning the positive test. Christopher Stewart-Moore, a lawyer speaking on Dettori’s behalf, released a statement Tuesday saying, in part, that “as a consequence of a positive test at Longchamp on September 16, 2012, [Dettori] will be the subject of an inquiry by the Medical Committee of France Galop next week.”

Dettori rode four stakes on Sept. 16 at Longchamp, a day of major preparatory trials for the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.

Dettori, who turns 42 on Dec. 15, made news earlier this fall when he and Godolphin ended an 18-year agreement. Two weeks after Dettori rode Camelot in the Arc for Coolmore and trainer Aidan O’Brien, he and Godolphin announced that Dettori would no longer rider under a retainer. Dettori plans to offer his services on a freelance basis in 2013.

TEDK215 More than 1 year ago
him and lance can exchange notes on the art of cheating!
Kevin More than 1 year ago
"positive" for what? Lasix?
Forego137 More than 1 year ago
All those that will be judging him are probably on drugs themselves just like who is writing this article without knowing all the facts and feels like he is writing breaking news and in reality there could be a simple explanation for what is going on. This is an irresponsible article that should have all the facts before tarnishing someones reputation. Poor choice to put this article out there without knowing more.
john deksnis More than 1 year ago
What a baseless, gratuitous shot at Mr. Hersh. He was simply reporting some news in matter-of-fact fashion.
Ruben Flores Diaz More than 1 year ago
Those french guys are going to go all Lance Armstrong on him, they are going to force him to give up his arc wins.
Dave Schuler More than 1 year ago
Come To So Cal-(We Have Expert Doctors-P.Val -Grt Gomez That Council )-LOLK-@ ALL-DS
secretariat fan More than 1 year ago
The problem for freelancers like Dettori is that when they lose the "protection" of their powerful owners they become susceptible to old grudges and petty bureaucrats .As they get older it is harder to make the weights which are both unrealistic and unfair. ----and they resort to other methods.I daresay that 99% of Jockeys with Cocaine problems started using not for recreation but to lose weight.
russell More than 1 year ago
Thats probably true. Cocaine does curb the appetite. I couldnt imagine trying to survive everyday on 700-800 calories which is the diet of many jocks.
Perl More than 1 year ago
I will never forgive dettori for blowing the ride on swain in the '98 bcc. He rode swain like a double bug boy.
jackweed More than 1 year ago
yes i was there with my life savings on swain! But I forgive myself1
secretariat fan More than 1 year ago
Or Cough Syrup!
secretariat fan More than 1 year ago
I wondered why the Sheik let him go after such an illistrious partenership. I loved the flair with witch he rode and that dismount always opened a lot of mouths at the Breeder's Cup. All true fans will be saddened by this and have him in our thoughts and prayers. I hope it was something minor like grass . I figure he did not realise how long that stuff lingers in your system.
secretariat fan More than 1 year ago
If the French can find it----------------------Drugs en France! Mon Dieu! Triste! Plus Triste!
Dave Schuler More than 1 year ago
Makes Lance Armstrong Look Like A Genious-LOLK-DS