Louisiana Gives Stiff Dermorphin Penalities

Louisiana trainers handed stiff penalities for dermorphin positives.

Paulick Report
September 30, 2012

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After two days of hearings, the Louisiana State Racing Commission handed down lengthy suspensions and fines to eight Quarter Horse and Thoroughbred trainers whose horses tested positive for the Class 1 drug dermorphin.

The stiffest penalty went to Alvin Smith Jr., whose license was suspended for 10 years for the third Class 1 violation in his career. He was also fined $20,000.

John Darrel Soileau was suspended a total of 10 years for two separate dermorphin positives, and he was fined a total of $20,000.

Alonza Loya received a five-year suspension and he was fined $10,000 for a dermorphin positive.

Michael Heath Taylor received a $10,000 fine and five-year suspension for one dermorphin positive.

Other trainers were given lighter penalties based on cooperative testimony.

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