06/26/2012 6:56PM

Ruidoso Downs: Nine horses positive for banned medication

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Nine horses who raced at Ruidoso Downs this spring have tested positive for three banned medications, including the powerful painkiller dermorphin, an official with the New Mexico Racing Commission said on Tuesday.

The names of the nine horses and their trainers have not been released because the commission is still finalizing its investigation, according to the commission's director, Vince Mares. The trainers involved have not been notified.
Once notified, they will be given a chance to request a second test.

At least five of the positives occurred in trials for the Ruidoso Futurity and Ruidoso Derby in late May, though none of those horses won their trial races. Mares said that the positives were identified recently by a laboratory at the University of California at Davis

The positive tests revealed levels of dermorphin; ractopamine, a muscle builder used to build mass in hogs; and stanozolol, a water-based steroid banned for use in racehorses in New Mexico in 2009.

Mares did not state how many positives occurred for each medication.

Dermorphin has surfaced in postrace tests in Louisiana and Oklahoma in recent weeks. Four trainers in Louisiana have been suspended six months for dermorphin positives, with their cases referred to the Louisiana State Racing Commission for possible further penalties.

Vicki Springer More than 1 year ago
This so called big time trainers need to face th e same penalties as the small guys do, throw them out of racing they will just find another drug to use . really wake up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1111
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
We are still waiting to hear dermorphin test details from Oklahoma and Texas, among other states.
russell More than 1 year ago
Close New Mexico racing. Its lawless.
Rick Oliver More than 1 year ago
why close new mexico ,there doing there job by testing the horses ,dont take it away from the ones who are not testing positive,why should i not beable to make a living cause someone doesnt no how to get run out of a horse as a trainer so they do it the other way,theres more honest trainers than dope heads,there just cleaning up the race tracks and making it better for all of us
Frank More than 1 year ago
Sorry Rick, you may be honest and true however its not enough most out there are not like you which ruins it for everyone -- thats life.
Frank More than 1 year ago
This whole operation needs to be closed -- track and all. They have some of the worst horse policies in world in N.M -- Ruidoso. Its friggin third world country horse racing there!
Sally Moore More than 1 year ago
What is sad, probably some really 'big boys' involved --- New Mexico/, etc., full of criminals in high places .... money boys that don't give a goddam about the welfare of an animal!! The world is upside down --
prose More than 1 year ago
Doug, get your facts straight. None of the five runners won their trial races. It said nothing about the other 4 positives. The information has yet to come out about the Oaklawn positives and who administered them. 15 were found there. There will be more. Believe it. If these drugs didn't enhance performance they wouldn't be giving them. People like Doug are the reason I despair of the internet blog concept. Any moron can open his trap.
Sally Moore More than 1 year ago
Someone please protect these beautiful animals - !!! at risk to the dark side of humanity, subject to their immorality, their satanist ways --- If there is a God, he must be sickened by man at this point -- so wish I could save everyone of those gorgeous creatures!!! Somebody do something!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Doug McPherson More than 1 year ago
This looks really bad for racing. The sad thing is that none of the horse who tested positive won. These idiots who use these drugs are the reason that racing gets such a bad name. And Mark, although Quarter Horse racing did have the first $1,000,000 race, purses for regular races have always been considerably smaller than thoroughbred purses. I think that's what Robin meant.
prose More than 1 year ago
Doug, get your facts straight. None of the five runners won their trial races. It said nothing about the other 4 positives. The information has yet to come out about the Oaklawn positives and who administered them. 15 were found there. There will be more. Believe it. If these drugs didn't enhance performance they wouldn't be giving them. People like Doug are the reason I despair of the internet blog concept. Any moron can open his trap.
MARK KENNEDY More than 1 year ago
ROBIN YOU MAY WANT TO CHECK THE FACTS ARE YOU AWARE THE ALL AMERICAN QUARTER HORSE FUTURITY WAS THE FIRST TOO HAVE A MILLION DOLLAR PURSE LONG BEFORE ANY TC OR BC IM NOT CONDONING ILLEGAL DRUG BEING USED BUT TO SAY QUARTER HORSE RACING WAS A POOR MANS FORMULA 1 IS UBSURD
Carson Wiest More than 1 year ago
ya thats why she said it used be the nascar of horse racing. quarter horse is racing is great all around north american, except in New Mexico, where illegal doesnt even begin to describe what goes on there
Robin Dawson More than 1 year ago
Mark, it wasn't my intention to brush of Quarter Horse Racing, and, having once been a trainer, I know all about the All American Futurity at Ruidoso Downs. (N.B. Both Lukas and Baffert started in this arena.) What's happening now is that, finally, the laboratories are catching up with the dopers. I just hope that the authorities will not sweep this under the mat and let them off lightly. N.B. A bunch of trainers came up with positives at the beginning of the current Woodbine meet (for a derivative of Banamine that is commonly used in the US)...but they are appealing because they weren't given a heads-up that the testing lab and its methods had changed. Now that is quite absurd (note my spelling). For what its worth...many years ago, I held the twitch while a very well respected trainer that I know had Cobra Venom administered by his equally well respected Vet. So don't kid yourself, they're all at it.
Robin Dawson More than 1 year ago
It used to be that Quarter Horse racing was considered to be the NASCAR of the horse racing world...a poor man's Formula 1. But these day's horse racing has become a free-for-all, no-holds-barred affair....about as subtle a cage fighting, which is a very sad reflection of those involved, who call themselves horsemen, and society in general.