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ZERON, TRAINERS MAKE STATEMENT

06:53 PM 02 Mar 2007 NZDT
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Rick Zeron
Rick Zeron - Made the statement in the presence of legal counsel

Rick Zeron today told Trot Insider that he and the six other trainers who have received Aminorex positives are willing to take a lie detector test to prove their innocence and are considering processing a multi-million dollar lawsuit.

"The group of us have absolutely no idea where these positives are coming from," Zeron told Trot Insider. "We had no knowledge of this drug before the positives came up. We'll take a polygraph to prove our innocence."

Zeron made the statement on behalf of himself and the six other trainers who have received positive tests for Aminorex: Jeff Gillis, Anthony Haughan, Anthony Montini, Kevin O'Reilly, Lynn Privett, and Kelly Sheppard.

During the week of Feb. 16-23, each of the seven trainers received positive tests for Aminorex, a potent amphetamine that is listed as a Class 1 drug. Ontario Racing Commission judges notified the trainers of the results and subsequently scratched their horses. All of the horses that produced positive tests are prohibited from racing until a full investigation is complete.

Zeron noted today that he was aware of the first three positive tests prior to his own, making it all the more shocking to him.

"I was aware that there were trainers that had a positive test of February 16 for Aminorex. On February 18, I raced my horse Tyrone Spitn Image. Why in my wildest dreams would I want to administer a drug that had produced a positive test two days before?"

"It is affecting all of us personally to have a positive test for something we don't know anything about," Zeron continued. "I've been physically ill since I was informed about this, and I am only starting to feel better, which is why I am making this statement to you now."

Zeron said that although some of his owners have chosen to stand by him, many of them have become so disillusioned that they have decided to get out of the harness racing business altogether.

"This is affecting all the other horses in our stables, not just the ones that tested positive, which means it affects all our owners across the board."

Zeron said that he has not been contacted by the Ontario Racing Commission since he was informed of his positive test last Friday, Feb. 23, and that he has received no indication that the investigation is ongoing.

"I don't think the ORC is continuing to investigate," Zeron said. "They're just going to act on the positives. This drug has to be researched more and they have to find out where it originates from."

Courtesy of Standardbred Canada

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