Indiana Reports Multiple Racehorse Medication Sanctions

The Indiana Horse Racing Commission announced sanctions against nine trainers and one veterinarian for medication-related violations.
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After eliminating a backlog of drug testing samples from Thoroughbred races, the Indiana Horse Racing Commission (IHRC) announced a long list of sanctions levied against trainers from Aug. 1 through the end of October.

In a ruling log presented at its Nov. 17 meeting, the IHRC announced sanctions against nine trainers and one veterinarian for medication-related violations. The trainer sanctions included disqualification of all nine horses involved in races at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino, in Shelbyville, fines, and some suspensions.

Eight of the nine sanctions involved overages of anti-inflammatory substances. The following list includes the trainer, sanction, medication involved, date of race, and horse involved; all of these horses were disqualified to last with purse money forfeited:

  • Genaro Garcia, $1,000 fine, dexamethasone, in a July 12 maiden claiming race ($15,000 total purse), in which he saddled Dream of Bertie, who finished first.

  • Anthony Granitz, $1,000 fine, dexamethasone, in a May 28 claiming race ($13,000 total purse), in which he saddled Miss Charity Cat, who finished second.

  • Marvin Johnson, $1,000 fine, methylprednisolone, in an Aug. 26 claiming race ($10,500 total purse) in which he saddled Aquis, who finished first.

  • Wayne Minnock, $1,000 fine, dexamethasone, in a May 23 claiming race ($16,000 total purse) in which he saddled Tazdue, who finished first.

  • Manuel Perez, clenbuterol, $500 and a 15-day suspension that was served Sept. 29-Oct. 13, following an Aug. 28 allowance/optional claiming race ($36,000 total purse) in which he saddled Julie Darlin, who finished first.

  • Michael Rone, methylprednisolone, $1,500 fine and 15-day suspension served Sept. 28-Oct. 12, following an Aug. 22 allowance/optional claiming race ($34,000 total purse) in which he saddled runner-up Corso's Law.

  • Stan Seagle, $1,000 fine, dexamethasone, in a Sept. 9 claiming race ($14,000 total purse) in which he saddled second-place finisher Dreaminofthewin.

  • Ricky Short, $1,000 fine, dexamethasone, in a July 16 claiming race in which he saddled Wild Student, who finished first.

  • Aaron West, $1,000 fine, flunixin, in a Sept. 11 maiden claiming race ($15,000 total purse) in which he saddled Hesacutabove, who finished first.

All nine of the positives are for therapeutic medications that are allowed to be used in horses in training but cannot be in the horse's system, or cannot be in the horse's system at a certain threshold level, on race day. Eight of the sanctions were for anti-inflammatory medications with five being for dexamethasone, an anti-inflammatory often sold as Azium, two for methylprednisolone (Medrol), and one for flunixin (Banamine)

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Frank Angst is a staff writer for The Blood-Horse magazine. An American Horse Publications three-time winner in best news story category, Angst has covered horse racing for more than a decade. Angst spent ten years at Thoroughbred Times, where he earned awards as that magazine’s senior writer and helped launch Thoroughbred Times TODAY. Besides covering horse racing, Angst enjoys handicapping. Angst has written about sports for more than 20 years, including several seasons covering a nationally ranked Marshall Thundering Herd football team.

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