Draper Gets 300 Day Suspension

Two-time All American Futurity winner receives 300 day suspension.

September 26, 2012

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Carl Draper, winner of the 2004 and 2007 All American futurities, has been suspended for 300 days with a $6,000 fine for use of the Class 3 drug ractopamine.

Vince Mares, director of the New Mexico Racing Commission, confirmed Draper's suspension and fine, which was handed down during a meeting last week.

Draper would be able to return to Ruidoso Downs next year, but is banned from running horses at any other state tracks until then.

Four horses trained by Draper tested positive for the medication, sometimes called "pig juice," in the May 25-26 trials for the Grade 1 Ruidoso Futurity and Derby.

The horses include 2-year-old Separate Battle, owned at the time by Fredda Draper, Sheryl Cox and Lola Willis, who was second in his trial and would go on to finish seventh in the final.

The other three horses were 3-year-olds Dashing Spartacus, owned at the time by J & L Stables, who won his trial; RC Black Mamba, owned at the time by Lola Willis and Fredda Draper, second in her trial; and Texas Rockstar, owned at the time by J & L Stables and Fredda Draper, second in his trial. The three horses all qualified for the $679,207 final. RC Black Mamba placed third, Dashing Spartacus was fourth and Texas Rockstar was eighth.