Updated on 11/16/2015 1:28PM

Roy Sedlacek suspended for drug positives

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Roy Sedlacek, a New York-based trainer, has been suspended indefinitely by New York stewards after two of his horses tested positive for a powerful banned synthetic drug after racing at Belmont Park, according to state records.
The two horses tested positive for a rare substance called AH-7921 while racing one week apart at Belmont last month. AH-7921, first manufactured in the 1970s and banned in several countries, is a synthetic opiate similar to morphine that can be obtained in whole or as an ingredient of synthetic forms of recreational drugs. Those substances, which can sometimes have powerful and dangerous side effects, are often available at unregulated Internet operations or head shops.

The drug, which has been recently found in some forms of synthetic marijuana used by humans, is considered a Class 1 substance in every racing jurisdiction in the U.S. The recommended penalty for a single Class 1 positive is a one-year suspension and a fine of $10,000.

Sedlacek, who did not respond to a phone message on Monday, has been ordered to appear before the stewards on Tuesday. He has been prohibited from appearing on the grounds of New York racetracks.

Drug-testing officials said on Monday that they suspected the drug would have pain-killing effects in horses, lasting for approximately three to seven hours, depending on dose. In addition, if the drug acts like morphine, then it would be expected to have a mild stimulatory effect in horses, even though morphine in humans acts as a powerful sedative. Several other animals, including sheep and cattle, also are affected the same way as horses when administered morphine.

The drug-testing officials, who did not have direct knowledge of the case, also said that the concentration of the drug in the horse’s post-race samples would likely be the best indicator of whether the substance was being used to affect the horse’s performance or whether it entered the horse’s system accidentally through human contamination.

Sedlacek, who has trained for more than 30 years but has operated a small stable over the past decade, has three wins from 17 starts in 2015, along with four second-place finishes and two thirds. He has earned $164,592 this year from those 17 starts, for an average per start of $9,682, nearly four times his career average earnings per start.

The first horse to test positive, Bossmon, finished second on Oct. 11 in a $16,000 claiming race with a $28,000 purse. The second horse, Literata, finished first in an Oct. 18 allowance/optional claiming race with a purse of $65,000. Both horses were disqualified.

The Association of Racing Commissioners International said on Monday that it issued an alert to its U.S. member commissions to tell their drug-testing laboratories to be on notice for the drug. The ARCI said the New York findings were the first ever for the AH-7921.

Jerry Moynihan More than 1 year ago
race horses stand;pee and defecate on straw' they do not eat straw if hay and grain are available
Ray Sousa More than 1 year ago
poor guy he finally found a synthetic cheap drug that enables him to compete with the other cheats i mean trainers .how is he ever going to win a race against 3 pletcher and 3 chad brown horses in every race .
BelAquToga More than 1 year ago
Yeah bust poor Roy for it to "set and example". Handicappers ate being played for their money. Like Durow,...I mean Rudy Rodriquez and these other heavy win off of every claim trainers don't use it or other substances. Throw out the forms guys and play the win everything trainers.
Mooch ... More than 1 year ago
Sedlacek just admitted he did it so the pee in the hay theory ......
BelAquToga More than 1 year ago
Oh really, he admitted to what the 30% win trainers do. Yeah sadly Roy who wins 5-6 races a year and $100,000 in purses at best, takes the fall. Good old racing. Protecting the super drug trainers and suckering the fans and their money.
Mooch ... More than 1 year ago
I keep waiting for a civil lawsuit from a horse player suing a trainer caught and found guilty for doping a horse. Let's say a player loses a big return from a bet because their horse ran second to a doped horse. A pic-6 ticket with 5 out of 6 with the only loser running second to a doped horse in which the trainer was caught and suspended. Anytime a doped horse wins there are plenty of tickets torn up on the second place finisher, pic-3s & 4s, maybe a pic-6, win bets etc. When is someone going to lose big enough money to trigger a lawsuit? Or does anyone know if there has ever been one? Not necessarily talking about this incident I'm just saying in general.
BelAquToga More than 1 year ago
Yeah say good bye to racing if that happens. The super claimer trainers all do. You really think they all just claim garbage horses and make their Beyers jump by 20 pts and win almost every time haha. Some guys have to take the fall to show the public it's a clean sport. You know...sucker the gullible handicappers/fans.
Jack Armstead More than 1 year ago
I lost $15K during the BC Filly/Mare Turf several years ago on Super's/Tri's. Pletcher was later found guilty.... but; it took them months to DQ him officially and refund the purse money. Pletcher had the #5 Wait a While: http://www.horse-races.net/library/bc08-resultsft.htm The #4 horse was Frankel's horse I believe.... been trying to forget; but can't.
Bruce Epstein More than 1 year ago
UMM, one of the last guys I'd think to use any drugs. I've always viewed him as an up and up trainer. Besides, if he uses, then he'd have a better win percentage. Bad news
jackschil1 More than 1 year ago
No trainer or vet on earth would give a horse an opiate, unless he wanted to slow the horse down.
BelAquToga More than 1 year ago
He is but he has to keep up with the Rudy's (Dutrow) and others because he makes no money when they drug and win every race,
Shawn Kennedy More than 1 year ago
Horses do not eat straw that has been peed on.
jackschil1 More than 1 year ago
How can you say that? Are you knowledgeable on this subject or just proving your shoot from the hip ignorance?
Sid Gustafson More than 1 year ago
I am a veterinarian and equine behavior educator, and I would like to affirm Shawn's observation. It is correct that stabled racehorses would be unlikely to eat hay or straw that has been urinated upon by humans, or any other species. In addition to a discriminative sense of smell and taste, the horse utilizes a well-developed and long-evolved vomeronasal gland that is especially urine-sensitive in order to select appropriate forage for ingestion. These horses have choice forage available 24/7, and prefer the choice forage to that which becomes contaminated with urine and variety of other substances. Horses, by nature, avoid ingesting foreign-smelling urine contaminated forage in their best survival interests. Regards, Sid Gustafson DVM References Chyoke A, Olsen S & Grant S 2006 Horses and Humans, The Evolution of Human-Equine Relationships, BAR International Series 1560, Archeopress, England, ISBN 1 84171 990 0 Magner D 2004 Magner’s Classic Encyclopedia of the Horse Edison, New Jersey: Castle Books McGreevy P 2004 Equine Behavior: A Guide for Veterinarians and Equine Scientists Philadelphia: Elsevier Limited. ISBN 0 7020 2634 4 McGreevy P, McLean A 2010 Equitation Science, Wiley Blackwell, UK, ISBN 2009048321 McGreevy PD et al 2007 Roles of Learning theory and ethology in equitation Journal of Veterinary Behavior 2:108-118 McGreevy PD 2006 The advent of equitation science The Veterinary Journal 174:492-500 Waran N, McGreevy P & Casey RA 2002 Training Methods and Horse Welfare in Waran N, ed The Welfare of Horses, Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Kluwer Academic Publishers, p151-180
Richard Schwarz More than 1 year ago
do the words jail cell mean anything to these guys?
jackschil1 More than 1 year ago
There's not a trainer on earth that would give a banned opiate to a horse. Personally I would test the grooms that have peed in the horses stalls.
Richard Schwarz More than 1 year ago
Ok federal crime for hiring illegals.
jackschil1 More than 1 year ago
What century are you living in? Who was president the last time someone was prosecuted for hiring an illegal alien?
Gaye Goodwin More than 1 year ago
There is a trainer on Earth who used banned snake venom ... naive
jackschil1 More than 1 year ago
So youre speaking about Oscar Berrera Sr. who would claim a crippled former stake horse and denerve him with cobra venom. Then 2 or 3 days later would win an allowance race with the horse. It drove the stewards crazy because they couldn't test for cobra venom back then.
jackschil1 More than 1 year ago
A friend of mine at Finger Lakes had a couple horses dq'd after testing positive for cocaine. It turned out that his illegal alien (undocumented worker) groom had used cocaine and as most grooms do, peed in the horses stall. The horses ate the straw in the stall and tested positive for cocaine. With mass spectrometry tests can detect 1 part per billion of banned substances. Obviously Roy, or his vet did not administer this banned substance.
Frank More than 1 year ago
sounds like a good believable story -- did the officials buy it?
jackschil1 More than 1 year ago
No. NYRA stewards are the most arrogant people on earth. They are so lucky that their parents donated large sums of money to the people who appoint these stewards. I knew an owner who lost a purse because his horse tested positive for caffeine. The groom left a coffee cup in his stall.
Ray Sousa More than 1 year ago
yea and yet the miracle trainers thrive on the new york circuit just ask rudy and jacobson and company.
Frank More than 1 year ago
btw, I saw you friend last night -- he was on the street buying a brick of coke to bring back to the barn -- he told me he dont snort the stuff -- its for recreational use only
jackschil1 More than 1 year ago
My friend died 5 years ago. He would have been the last person to ever do coke.
Richard Schwarz More than 1 year ago
Ok then suspend him for hiring illegal aliens
jackschil1 More than 1 year ago
If all the illegals were removed from the backstretch, the owners would have to groom the stalls.
Richard Schwarz More than 1 year ago
The butler did it
Ray Sousa More than 1 year ago
yea im sure the 200 a week grooms have cocaine as their drug of choice. Besides a horse is not going to eat peed on hay. This is the most ridiculous story I've heard. and of course no trainer has ever admitted to any wrong doing they are all certified saints.