07/14/2016 2:50PM

Homeboykris had elevated level of drug in system when he died


Homeboykris, the 9-year-old gelding who collapsed and died after winning a race May 21 on the Preakness Stakes card at Pimlico Race Course in Maryland, had an impermissible level of a regulated medication in his system at the time of the race, according to an inquiry conducted by the Maryland Racing Commission.

The anti-inflammatory medication dexamethasone appeared in the horse’s postrace sample at a level of 30 picograms per milliliter of blood plasma, above the permissible level of 5 picograms per milliliter, according to a report prepared by the commission. The report quoted David Zipf, the chief state veterinarian for the commission, as saying that the medication did not contribute to the horse’s death, which was attributed to a heart attack.

The death of Homeboykris got the Preakness card off to a somber start. Homeboykris was making the 63rd start of his career in the day’s opening race, a $5,000 starter allowance, and he was well known on the Maryland circuit. He suffered the heart attack while walking to the detention barn.

As a result of the overage, Homeboykris’s trainer, Francis Campitelli, was fined $500. Campitelli was also assessed one point under Maryland’s multiple medication violation points system, in which the accrual of points can lead to harsher penalties.

The report said the medication was prescribed by and provided to Campitelli by a racetrack practitioner, Jon Sivick, in the form of Azium Powder, with instructions to administer the substance two days prior to the race. The Racing Medication and Testing Consortium recommends that dexamethasone be administered no closer than 72 hours prior to a race to avoid testing over the permissible limit.

Laura More than 1 year ago
so, will Campitell blame the vet for giving improper instructions for administration?
Jamie Murphy More than 1 year ago
we sit here and watch them do nothing year after yet, yet they say that the bettors are the backbone of the industry. then stop slapping us in the face with these utterly disgraceful minimal fines. not to mention it played a part in a death, possibly.  this horse shouldn't have run. they drugged it up, so that it could. I just don't get it. people bet their hard earned money on a horse that had no chance
Jamie Murphy More than 1 year ago
i should have worded that last line better. i mean in general, not this horse in that exact race
Jamie Murphy More than 1 year ago
Frank More than 1 year ago
Like to break the trainers and owners legs.
Gina Wolfie More than 1 year ago
Same old horse racing industry - a slap on the wrist, a pittance of a fine while a racehorse dies in the dirt. I don't for one moment believe one word that comes out of any vets mouth that is being paid by this industry.
This cruelty horror show, and legitimized death camp needs to shut down now.
Ann Maree More than 1 year ago
It is outrageous that the fine was a paltry $500, chump change!   Get rid of these cheaters, and do those who love this sport and who abide by the rules a huge favor!! 
Cheryl Kleist More than 1 year ago
It is past time that trainers and vets are really punished rather than petty cash fines.  Even the jockeys are allowed to take their penalty days when it best suits them and the trainers.
How about off horses at all tracks!  How about all medication track monitored and recorded--medication only allowed to be given by track vets.  If the vets, trainers, and jockeys can't police themselves and play by the rules, then babysit them!
Buckpasser3000 More than 1 year ago
This kind of garbage is why when the usual anti-racing suspects start up with their stuff these days, I no longer protest much. Milking a wonderful horse who made a lot of money for a lot of people along the way for a piece of a $5000 purse? Whining about a $500 fine after the horse kills itself to win? Disgusting.
Michael Martin More than 1 year ago
Azium is generally used for allergy symptoms.  In itself, not a performance enhancer, but possibly could aid in breathing.  Does that mean Homeboykris was "juiced"?  No, and he was not used up, either.  He had a heart attack, cardiac arrest, probably related to all horses neuro anatomy, but no one conclusively knows.  Especially not these trolls condemning racing as an ugly mess.
Gaye Goodwin More than 1 year ago
Wake up and smell the Dex, idiot! It IS an ugly mess.
Gunner More than 1 year ago
i Handicapped the race using DRF Formulator and chose to box the 2nd and 3rd place horses. Homeboy had barely lifted a hoof in recent races. When he crossed the line first, I said, "That horse had to be juiced." That I found out he was dead less than 10 minutes later came as NO surprise.
I said it was "Sad."
Jamie Murphy More than 1 year ago
ANTIINFLAMMITORY! they used it so the horse didn't show pain, wake up. I love horse racing, I'm not an activist, I'm a realist
Linda Dixon More than 1 year ago
uneducated people should just shut up...Don't  you ever take a tylenol or motrin or you will be accused of drug abuse
Gaye Goodwin More than 1 year ago
Uneducated? look in a mirror
JoAnn Laub More than 1 year ago
This is ridiculous.  Keep sweeping this outrageous behavior under the rug and you'll find more activists working to shut this sport down.  And with behavior like this going with a slap on the wrist penalty I can't say I blame them!

Joe Lejzerowicz More than 1 year ago
Do you know anything about Mr. Campitelli??? He has been training horses for more than 35 years and his horses are VERY well taken care of. He has had 1 medication violation for BUTE!!  So for you to say outrageous behaviour????  JoAnn that is beyond laughable!!!  
Gaye Goodwin More than 1 year ago
Then why SIX TIMES the allowed amount of Dex? huh?