Louisiana Racing Commission Issues Rulings

July 10, 2012

Louisiana

The Association of Racing Commissioners International maintains on its website a listing of rulings by state and provincial racing commissions from around the United States and Canada. These include a number recently imposed by the Louisiana Racing Commission on trainers of both American Quarter Horses and Thoroughbreds. Following are rulings that according to RCI are by the Louisiana commission.

• Dermorphin was reported in post-race plasma and urine samples taken from Coltins Fast Dash, the winner of the May 26 Laddie Futurity (RG2) at Delta Downs. The positive was confirmed in the split sample. Following a stewards hearing, trainer Steve Garrison was suspended for six months and denied access to all facilities under the jurisdiction of the Louisiana State Racing Commission, and the purse was ordered to be redistributed. In the opinion of the stewards, the penalty imposed was insufficient and the case therefore was referred to LSRC for further action.

• Dermorphin was reported in post-race plasma and urine samples taken from First Klas Fred, the winner of the May 25 Develop A Plan Stakes (G3) at Delta Downs. The positive was confirmed by split. Following a stewards hearing, trainer M. Heath Taylor was suspended for six months and denied access to all facilities under the jurisdiction of the LSRC, and the purse ordered redistributed. In the opinion of the stewards, the penalty imposed was insufficient and the case was referred to LSRC for further action. However, trainer Taylor then appealed the ruling, and the Commission granted a suspensive appeal, which stays the ruling.

• Dermorphin was reported in post-race plasma and urine samples taken from JLS Game Boy, who won the sixth race on May 19 at Delta. The positive was confirmed by split. Following a stewards hearing, trainer Darrel Soileau was suspended six months and denied access to all facilities under LSRC jurisdiction, and the purse was ordered redistributed. In the opinion of the stewards, the penalty imposed was insufficient the case therefore was referred to LSRC for further action.

• Dermorphin was reported in post-race plasma and urine samples taken from JLS The Secret Out, who won the sixth race on May 25 at Delta. The positive was confirmed by split. Following a stewards hearing, trainer Darrel Soileau was suspended six months and denied access to all facilities under LSRC jurisdiction, and the purse was ordered redistributed. In the opinion of the stewards, the penalty imposed was insufficient and the case was referred to LSRC for further action.

Trainer Soileau has appealed both rulings, and the commission has granted suspensive appeals, which stay the rulings.

• Phenylbutazone and flunixin was reported at severity Level I in a post-race blood sample taken from My Royal Is Beduino, who won the second race on June 16 at Delta Downs. Trainer Willie J. Simien declined his right to have the split portion tested and waived his right to a hearing. This was trainer Simien’s first ARCI Category IV or V violation in a 12-month period.