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Godolphin horses test positive for steroids
Trainer Mahmood Al Zarooni faces a likely suspension from British authorities after 11 horses he trains for Sheikh Mohammed’s powerful Godolphin Racing stable tested positive for banned substances in out-of-competition testing, the British Horseracing Authority announced on Monday.
A group of 45 horses trained by Al Zarooni in England were tested on April 9 and the 11 were found to be positive for the anabolic steroids ethylestranol and stanozolol.
The 11 horses include Certify, who was a leading contender for the English 1000 Guineas at Newmarket Racecourse on May 5. As a result of a positive test for Ethylestranol, Certify has been banned from starting in that race, the racing authority said in a statement.
Al Zarooni, who won the 2012 Dubai World Cup with Monterosso, faces a disciplinary hearing with the racing authority, and is likely to be suspended or fined. No date has been set for a hearing.
In a statement on the Godolphin website, Al Zarooni accepted blame for the positives.
“I deeply regret what has happened,” he said. “I have made a catastrophic error. Because the horses involved were not racing at the time, I didn’t realize that what I was doing was in breach of the rules of racing.”
In a statement, Godolphin’s racing manager, Simon Crisford, said, “This is a dark day for Godolphin. Sheikh Mohammed was absolutely appalled when he was told, and this is completely unacceptable to him.”
Crisford said that Godolphin will await the British Horseracing Authority’s inquiry before taking “any further internal action.” He said that Sheikh Mohammed has ordered a review of Godolphin’s “procedures and controls.”
The 37-year-old Al Zarooni, an Emirati, became an official trainer for Godolphin in 2010, and has risen in prominence in that operation in the last few years. Last year in England, he won the Group 1 St. Leger with Encke for Godolphin.
Certify, who won the Group 1 Fillies’ Mile at Newmarket last September, is the most prominent horse who tested positive. The 3-year-old filly Desert Blossom, who finished third in the Group 2 Rockfel Stakes in 2012, also tested positive for ethylestranol.
Four horses tested positive for stanozolol, including Artigiano, who was sixth in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf at Santa Anita last November, and Opinion Poll, who won the Dubai Gold Cup at Meydan Racecourse in 2012.
this is not good! but as far pletcher looks good in compersin is bs! he has more volitions that get swept under the rug than any body! he has cocain positives along w many others! doug oneil has volitions yes but nothing like this....
godolphin was appalled yeah right, like he doesn,t have a clue the RAMSEY , HAVE THE STATE OF KENTUCKEY IN HIS POCKET HES THE MAYOR HEREGULATES ALL THE POLITICS THERE ROMANS HAS LOUISIANA ITS A VICIUOS CIRCLE.
this is beyond the doug oniels todd pletcher jeff mullins rudy rodriguez the lists continues the sport of kings is surely dieing.Sombody has to step up to the plate and put a halt to all the cheating
Where are all these European horse racing lovers who think that there is no cheating and everyone there is so ethical and high n mighty..... the fact is that all horses take lasix in Europe while in training except ON race days. And when in their off season they are given all sorts of PEDs . They are NO better then american based owners and trainers.
I don't think that the BHA dares to conduct a spot-check on Saeed bin Suroor's stable, for fear of what they might find.
the fact is that steriods are merely the tip of the drug iceberg.How about all the blood enhancers,pain killers,vaso dilators and as well numerous test bypassers?.Simon Crisford reports that Sheikh Mohammed is appalled,but he fails to mention that the Sheikh has access to his own state of the art laboratory in Dubai.The proof is sometimes found in fresh pudding.
Win at any and all costs, that seems the way of the world, sports, business etc.
"Simon Crisford, said, “This is a dark day for Godolphin. Sheikh Mohammed was absolutely appalled when he was told, and this is completely unacceptable to him.”....since when the hell did the sheikh become a babe in the woods ?
I know I will get villified here but there is only two ways to go on medication. Either make it the 'Wild West" where anything goes and there are no rules or become extremely more vigilant. The status quo isn't working when you have the largest operations in the world busted. Not 1 horse but 11.
godolphin will have to fire all their chemists.
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