11/10/2015 4:28PM

Sedlacek awaits penalty after admitting he administered illegal substance

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Roy Sedlacek, the New York trainer who was summarily suspended after two of his horses tested positive for a rare and synthetic illegal drug, testified during a Tuesday hearing into the positives that he had administered a substance to the two horses on race day that he thought contained an illegal drug even if it was not the drug that regulators ultimately detected, according to officials with the New York Gaming Commission who attended the hearing.

Sedlacek, who has not responded to messages left on his cell phone, testified that he administered an oral substance to the two horses approximately three hours prior to post time, when it is illegal for a horse to be administered anything but food and water, according to the officials. Furthermore, Sedlacek said that he was under the belief that the substance, which he obtained from a website, contained “ITPP,” the acronym for a powerful performance-enhancing substance that is extraordinarily difficult to obtain but that is often inaccurately listed as an ingredient in products with highly dubious claims most often obtained from Internet companies.

Sedlacek, who was not represented by an attorney at the four-hour hearing, will remain barred from all racetrack grounds while a hearing officer prepares a report recommending a penalty based on Tuesday’s testimony. An attorney for the gambling commission has said that the commission would recommend a five-year suspension.

Sedlacek, who has three wins from 17 starts this year, was suspended last week after the two horses tested positive for AH-7921, an exotic, manufactured opiate with morphine-like properties. The horses tested positive after finishing first and second at races at Belmont one week apart in October. The drug is considered a Class 1 substance, with no therapeutic or medical benefits to a horse and a high potential to impact performance.

AH-7921 was first manufactured in the 1970s and quickly dropped off the map, but it has begun to resurface in synthetic forms of recreational drugs, mostly for human use. Sellers of equine supplements have often been known to dip into the markets for synthetic drugs for their own concoctions, many of which do not contain substances that are known to improve a horse’s performance. Sellers of equine supplements are not regulated.

A review of several Internet sites did not turn up any products that specifically listed AH-7921 as one of the ingredients. A list of the ingredients for an oral product called ITPP Paste offered on the website of a notorious Internet supplement seller, horseprerace.com, could not be found.
The positives for AH-7921 were the first to be found in horse racing for the drug, which is illegal in several countries. If the drug has a morphine-like effect, it would act as a powerful painkiller for up to seven hours while also acting as a mild stimulant, at least to a horse, according to drug-testing officials. (In humans, morphine is a powerful painkiller and sedative.)

While officials with the gambling commission did not provide concentrations for the drugs in the two horses’ post-race samples, Dr. George Maylin, the head of the New York drug-testing laboratory that detected the drugs, testified during the hearing that he was confident that it was administered on race day. Following Maylin’s testimony, Sedlacek admitted to administering the oral substance to the two horses prior to their races, the officials said.

Following the announcement of the positive findings, the Association of Racing Commissioners International issued a notice to U.S. drug-testing laboratories to be on the lookout for AH-79

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mike More than 1 year ago
You should have an injection and see if you care then.
Gaye Goodwin More than 1 year ago
Yes, and then run a 10K, you jerk.
mike More than 1 year ago
Gaye, exactly.
Dusty Nathan More than 1 year ago
How is he using a substance WITHOUT YOUR KNOWLEDGE going to "help" you win? Mark: Do you think he uses to help you? Or do you think he wants to steal your money in the wickets and steal the purse money the other owners, trainers and riders in the race? Keep betting. You must be broke all the time and that can only "help" me.
mike More than 1 year ago
Dusty, this idiot knows nothing.
Larry Kaufman More than 1 year ago
sedlacek should be barred for life and go to jail. there are too many crooked trainers not only at the small tracks, but also at the top race tracks. also he should have to pay back any money to bettors that were cost money by his horses placings. this would be possible for people betting on line since cites like NYRA, twin spires and others would have records
mike More than 1 year ago
Hey Larry,how did that work for you? Think you crowed on here CA Chrome would end up standing for $2,500 in your beloved NY. Guess Taylor Made has a little better knowledge than you.
Larry Kaufman More than 1 year ago
he still didn't make it to stud. the way they have handled this horse i hope the next stop is not the glue factory.
mike More than 1 year ago
Larry, all jokes aside- hope you're right.
Dusty Nathan More than 1 year ago
First a class action lawsuit, Larry. I've never seen one filed and I totally agree with your position.
Ken Wiener More than 1 year ago
Matt: it might have been better not to publicize the notorious website although the crooked trainers probably have it bookmarked already.
Connie Hampton More than 1 year ago
What they need to do is contact the FBI and have them get the complete client list and purchase history from the site of all customers have bought the product and then see if the own or train horses and then redo the blood test on any of there horses that have hit the board. Every test sample is frozen and a new test can be done looking for a specific drug
Gaye Goodwin More than 1 year ago
Which is what they would do if the uber-wealthy wanted their investments devalued with pesky regulations
Dan Fidel More than 1 year ago
Folks, we are not ostriches, therefore I suggest we all get our heads out of the sand and understand that everyone is out there trying something different to win races. If only to keep up with the Joneses. Its no different than the steroid abuse that went on in Major league baseball. If you want to stay competitive, you have to do things you don"t want to do. Making money is one big pain in the butt. Im not saying its right to drug horses or guys want to do it. However the fact is that some guys are getting away with it. These are the people you have to hurt so that the rest get the message.
Gaye Goodwin More than 1 year ago
When the top prizes in the sport are won by the cheats, that is exactly correct.
Mooch ... More than 1 year ago
Where is the person that earlier (before confession) said that no trainer would do this, and it was probably the result of a groom peeing on some hay in which the horse ate, probably to meet up with Dorothy and the tin man later to all go to oz to see the wizard to replace the scarecrow that the horse ate after he was peed on (or some story of that nature). Guess a nice confession trumps theory.
Gaye Goodwin More than 1 year ago
There were TWO of them!
Connie Hampton More than 1 year ago
why are they only recommending 5 years. he admitted to a felony. Dutrow never admitted any wrong doing and got 10 years. tampering with a sporting event is a felony. why is the FBI not involved?
Mooch ... More than 1 year ago
He already admitted it. He probably made a deal, confession for 5 years instead of being found guilty and getting 10 or life. No need the FBI to investigate something that's already been admitted
Connie Hampton More than 1 year ago
What are you talking about? So if you admit that you robbed a store it is ok and no need to arrest you? He committed a federal crime it is called Interstate Wire Fraud which is the result of tampering with the results of a sporting event that has interstate gambling on it.
Mooch ... More than 1 year ago
What's to investigate after a confession? Investigation is the "I" in FBI, so they should be called out to investigate a confession? To rob a story is sometimes a felony, if it is armed robbery, but maybe you're getting felony mixed up with federal, even murder isn't a federal offence by itself, and certainly not robbing a story even armed, even if you kill the store owner his clerk and all his customers still not federal
Mooch ... More than 1 year ago
Meant store not story, auto correct should be a felony and a federal offence.
Connie Hampton More than 1 year ago
The next story you read about this is local and federal investigations, I guarantee it.
Bruce Epstein More than 1 year ago
To compare Dutrow and Sedlack is not fair. Dutrow had a clear long history with many suspensions over a long time frame. In addition to his abuse of liquor and drugs. Roy, is not in the same sentence with Dutrow when it comes to abuse. Sad situation, 30 years as a third level trainer never had a big year, now this. Very sad.
Connie Hampton More than 1 year ago
He is a lot worse. Dutrow was never found quilty of a class one drug, he had overages of drugs used every day. The low life Sedlack used a banned illegal drug on race day that has serious and sometimes fatal side effects. Even if he didn't know he was using the drug and was trying to use ITPP which is the new drug of choice in racing which has replaced epogen. ITPP also has serious side effects. Stop trying to cover up fro a low life cheater. Take my word he will be investigated for a crime. Also for your info Roy had a positive in 2000 and he also has a drug and drinking problem, he is such a low class trainer he is not on the radar for that.
Fred Greenstein More than 1 year ago
I am disgusted by what he did. But I am just as disgusted by this kind of righteous, sanctimonious attack on the person. Who are you to condemn him? The action is one thing, but you are actually going to condemn him, the man, for having a drug and drinking problem?
Connie Hampton More than 1 year ago
A bum and a junkie should not be training horses, they are prone to make stupid mistakes in theses conditions. Sorry if i hit to close to home, I am sure you can handle them though.
mike More than 1 year ago
Connie,you're exactly on point. The scumbag gamblers don't care in the least about the horse,wanted to spin and excuse the actions by the bum trainer.
mike More than 1 year ago
What's wrong with you?