Day At The Track


11:43 PM 22 Jun 2006 NZST
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It was announced at a press conference today in Stockholm, Sweden that the winner of the 2006 Elitlopp, Jag de Bellouet, and Lets Go, who finished second, have been disqualified because of positive doping tests.

The winner is now the Swedish horse Conny Nobell, who was driven by Björn Goop.

“This is a tragedy for the Elitlopp, that both the winner and the second horse tested positive, and although we now have a Swedish winner of the race I feel a deep sorrow,” Ulf Hörnberg, general secretary in the Swedish Trotting Association said.

This is the second time this year that the French champion, Jag de Bellouet, lost an important race due to a positive test. In January, Jag de Bellouet, driven by Christophe Gallier, was first past the post in the Prix d’Amerique, but was later disqualified because traces of the prohibited substance Tolfenamique were found in a post-race test.

Though it was later proved that the horse had gotten the forbidden substance from a vitamin C supplement, Jag de Bellouet was disqualified and the Swedish trotter Gigant Neo, driven by Dominik Locqueneux, was declared the Prix d’Amerique winner.

This time, Jag de Bellouet tested positive for Diclofenac, which is used for musculoskeletal complaints, especially as an nonsteriodal anti-inflammatory used in the treatment of arthritis

Lets Go, who is trained by the Italian-based and German-born Holger Ehlert, finished a surprising second behind Jag de Bellouet in the Elitlopp. Lets Go is tested positive for Etacryn acid, which normally is used to humans to treat heart and blood pressure problems.

Both horses were -- as are all starters in the Elitlopp -- guarded and under surveillance starting on Sunday morning, at 7 a.m., on the day of the race, May 28, and the Swedish Trotting Association suspects there was no sabotage.

Now, the official order of finish in the 2006 Elitlopp is Conny Nobell, followed by Thai Tanic and Hot Shot Knick, in that order.

ourtesy Of John Pawlak, Publicity/Public Relations Director, the United States Trotting Association

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