Maryland Thoroughbred Trainers Cited for Compounded Drug Use

Three trainers received suspensions and fines in conjunction with positive stanozolol tests.
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Three Thoroughbred trainers have received suspensions and fines in Maryland after horses in their care tested positive for stanozolol, a synthetic steroid formerly known as Winstrol that is now available only through drug compounders.

The steroid was detected by Truesdail Laboratories, in Tustin, California, in samples taken from racehorses in December and January at Laurel Park, in Maryland, according to the official stewards’ rulings released Feb. 1. The sanctioned trainers are A. Ferris Allen, Hector Garcia, and Scott Lake.

The rulings were issued by the Maryland Racing Commission (MRC) Jan. 29.

At one time the drug had a recommended cutoff of 30 days, but racing officials dropped it from the list of substances when Winstrol’s manufacturer ceased production. Stanozolol is now available only through compounding pharmacies

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Tom LaMarra, a native of New Jersey and graduate of Rutgers University, has been news editor at The Blood-Horse since 1998. After graduation he worked at newspapers in New Jersey and Pennsylvania as an editor and reporter with a focus on municipal government and politics. He also worked at Daily Racing Form and Thoroughbred Times before joining The Blood-Horse. LaMarra, who has lived in Lexington since 1994, has won various writing awards and was recognized with the Old Hilltop Award for outstanding coverage of the horse racing industry. He likes to spend some of his spare time handicapping races.

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