06/26/2012 3:59PM

Louisiana Downs: Dermorphin positive gets Louisiana trainer six-month ban


Keith Charles, a Thoroughbred trainer, has been suspended six months by stewards at Louisiana Downs for a positive finding of the powerful painkiller dermorphin, according to Louisiana regulators, becoming the first Thoroughbred trainer to be issued a suspension for the drug.

Cold Hearted Babe, the horse trained by Charles who tested positive, finished second in a $5,000 claiming race on May 27 at Louisiana Downs, according to the regulators. Stewards in Louisiana are limited from imposing anything longer than a six-month suspension, and the ruling has been referred to the Louisiana Racing Commission for “further action,” which will likely be at least an additional six-month suspension.

Charles Gardiner, the executive director of the Louisiana Racing Commission, said on Tuesday that Keith Charles had requested paperwork from the commission on Tuesday to lodge an appeal, but that he has not yet filed the documents.

“We expect him to do so,” Gardiner said. Gardiner confirmed that Keith Charles did not ask for a split sample to be tested.

Three Quarter Horse trainers in Louisiana have already been issued six-month suspensions for dermorphin, a naturally occurring opioid that can also be synthesized and manufactured. In total, Louisiana has detected 11 positives for the drug, with seven from Quarter Horses and four from Thoroughbreds. Another 15 positives for the drug are believed to have been found in Oklahoma, though state officials have yet to confirm the findings.

Bsb Jaws More than 1 year ago
A big score ?? At Louisiana Downs ?? With maybe several hundred dollars in the pool !! LOL.
Jerry Sabo More than 1 year ago
So, in six months he comes back with something else there not testing for. Should be banned for life.
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
I request that DRF remove the title 'Thoroughbred trainer'from this slimeballs' description.
robert More than 1 year ago
Hundred articles on Dermorphin positives none mention where it was purchased. A table in the track kitchen?
Frank More than 1 year ago
This guy is a big time cheater. Look at what his earning were last year versus the rest of his career. It was double any other year he had. He has been cheating for a while. What a joke 6month ban. Thats the problem with the sport -- It doesnt want to fix the problem. This cheating SOB should NEVER be allowed back!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Agreed. Someday someone should file a law suit for fixing races...that is essentially what is being done when they are cheating with meds. How much money did the guy make gambling when he first starting cheating and all the gamblers who knew this guy couldn't train wouldn't bet his horses. He won several races while under the radar and probably made big gambling scores. With what he made gambling, he can probably afford a 6 month vacation. GET THESE PEOPLE OUT OF THE GAME PERMANENTLY!!!!
jim samson More than 1 year ago
I looked this guy up. Nothing particularly remarkable about his %, or number of winners.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
He probably doesn't always use it. A misnomer about many of the cheaters is that they ALWAYS do it. They don't. Many only do it when they want to make a score, and of course it doesn't always work out (he ran second we caught).
Dusty More than 1 year ago
You guys have racing experience? I doubt it, why would he use it on a $5000 claimer? I don't know him from Adam but he does have the right to an appeal.