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Office of Racing Integrity Stewards today inquired into a report from the analyst that d amphetamine and d Methamphetamine had been detected in a urine sample provided by licenced harness racing driver James Austin at the Tasmanian Pacing Club race meeting on 21 July 2017. Evidence was tendered today from Mr James Austin who explained the circumstances leading up to the positive finding. Evidence was also taken from Mr Paul Zahra (Racing Analytical Services Ltd), who explained the method and results of analysis. After consideration, Stewards charged Mr Austin pursuant to AHRR 250(1)(a) which states; ‘A driver commits an offence if a sample taken from him is found upon analysis to contain a substance banned by AHRR 251’. Mr Austin pleaded not guilty to the charge, however, after consideration of all the available evidence, Stewards found Mr Austin guilty of the charge. In assessing the matter of penalty, Stewards took into account Mr Austin’s current circumstances, both personal and financial, the nature of the substances detected, the fact this was Mr Austin’s second offence for this substance within a short timeframe. Stewards were also mindful of the importance for participants to be free of prohibited substances to ensure the safety and welfare of drivers and horses and the need for any penalty to act as an appropriate deterrent both specific and general. Mr Austin was disqualified for a period of 12 months backdated to commence from 3 August 2017, the day on which he was stood down from driving. Mr Austin was advised of his rights to appeal. Adrian Crowther CHAIRMAN OF STEWARDS

Office of Racing Integrity Stewards today inquired into a report from the analyst that, Altrenogest had been detected in a urine sample taken from BOBBY JOE prior to it competing in trial 3 at the Tasmanian Pacing Club on 26 June 2017. Stewards considered evidence tendered by trainer Mr Kevin Denny, Paul Zahra (Racing Analytical Services Ltd), Mr Adam Cawley (Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory) and Veterinarian Dr Peter Horridge. Mr Kevin Denny subsequently pleaded guilty to a charge pursuant to Australian Harness Racing Rule (AHHR) 190(1) which states: ‘A horse shall be presented for a race free of prohibited substances’. The particulars of the charge were that Mr Kevin Denny did present BOBBY JOE for racing at the Tasmanian Pacing Club trials on 26 June 2017 when a post-race urine sample taken from that gelding was found to contain the prohibited substance Altrenogest. Mr Denny was further charged under the provisions of 190(B)(1)(b) for failing to adequately maintain a log book of treatments to which he pleaded guilty. Stewards imposed a fine of $2000 for the breach of AHHR 190(1) in these circumstances and a fine of $200 was imposed for the breach of rule 190(B)(1)(b). Acting under the provisions of AHRR 195, BOBBY JOE was disqualified from its performance in trial 3 at the Tasmanian Pacing Club 2017 and Stewards directed that the placings be amended accordingly. Adrian Crowther CHAIRMAN OF STEWARDS   

ON Friday September 8, 2017, Harness Racing New South Wales (HRNSW) Stewards suspended the licence of trainer, Ms Amanda Coffee, pursuant to Australian Harness Racing Rule 183. HRNSW has taken these measures after receiving a report from the Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory (ARFL) that xylometazoline had been detected in the blood sample taken from WAKE UP QUINN following its win in race 8, the PARKES FURNITURE ONE PACE (2040m) at Parkes on Sunday August 6, 2017. The “B” sample has been sent to Racing Analytical Services Limited (RASL) in Victoria for confirmatory testing. HRNSW Stewards considered all available evidence at that time and determined that Rule 183 should be invoked based on the following factors: The existence of a prima facie case against you based on the certificate from ARFL; The nature of the substance; The absolute nature of AHRR 190 offences; The likely penalty of a significant period of disqualification if a prohibited substance offence is proven; The high unlikelihood that AHRR 256 will have any application if a prohibited substance offence is proven; The fact that this is not a finding of guilt and that this will militate against any perceived reputational damage as a result of a suspension; The fact that an offence against AHRR 190 does not involve any aspect of intent and that this must further militate against any perceived reputational damage as a result of a suspension.  (h) HRNSW’s protective objectives in the course of its core function to control, supervise and regulate harness racing in this State Ms Coffee has not been charged with any breach of the Rules and has been advised of her right of appeal against the imposition of Rule 183. HRNSW Stewards have commenced an investigation into this sample result and an Inquiry will be scheduled in due course. MICHAEL PRENTICE | INTEGRITY MANAGER (02) 9722 6600 •  mprentice@hrnsw.com.au GRAHAM LOCH | CHAIRMAN OF STEWARDS (02) 9722 6600 •  gloch@hrnsw.com.au

The Victorian Labor Government has made a $1.6 million investment in a world-class drug testing laboratory to fight against performance enhancing drugs in racing. The Racing Analytical Services Limited (RASL) laboratory at Flemington, which carries out more than 50,000 tests per year from race horses and greyhounds, will receive the funding boost to invest in sophisticated new machinery and equipment to remain at the cutting edge of drug screening in Australia and internationally. RASL takes blood, hair and urine samples to test for different banned substances, including peptides, proteins and cobalt. The laboratory is one of only five in the world that meets strict drug testing expertise standards recommended by the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities. Victoria’s racing industry, across thoroughbred, harness and greyhounds racing, has increased its testing by more than 50 percent over the past three years. A total of 14,140 samples were taken during the 2016/17 thoroughbred racing season and analysed for prohibited substances, with 3.468 blood and urine samples analysed during the 2016 Spring Racing Carnival. This includes an average of 50 percent of starters across metropolitan race meetings being tested during the 2016 Spring Racing Carnival. The Victorian racing industry sustains 26,500 full-time jobs and generates more than $2.8 billion to the state economy each year. Martin Pakula, Victoria’s Minister for Racing, believes that the investment in RASL is crucial for the integrity of racing. “The integrity of racing is paramount – the industry employs tens of thousands of people and generates billions of dollars for the Victorian economy,” Pakula said. “RASL is a global leader when it comes to research and drug testing in racing. This funding will help to ensure the laboratory can keep up with emerging trends in international doping.” The latest investment builds on the Labor Government’s $1.5 million contribution throughout 2015 and 2016 to support research and upgrade equipment at the laboratory. Since 2014, the Labor Government has delivered more than $3.1 million through the Victorian Racing Industry Fund. The Racing Analytical Services laboratory is matching the Government’s contribution dollar for dollar. Dr John McCaffrey, RASL Chairman, believes that the latest investment from the Government will help the laboratory maintain its world-class reputation.  “We are delighted the Victorian Government is continuing its partnership with RASL, to help enable us to meet the ongoing challenge of staying at the forefront of drug testing in racing and maintain our world-class reputation,” Dr McCaffrey said. By Shane Anderson Reprinted with permission of racing .com

The Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) Racing Appeals and Disciplinary (RAD) Board today considered charges issued by HRV Stewards under Australian Harness Racing Rules (AHRR) 190(1) and 190B(1) against licensed trainer Mr Aaron Brown. AHRR 190(1) reads as follows:  A horse shall be presented for a race free of prohibited substances. The charge under AHRR 190(1) related to a urine sample collected from the horse ‘Misschanel’ after it finished first in Race 1, the ‘Swan Hill Ford Vicbred Platinum Country Series N Final’ at the Swan Hill harness racing meeting on 9 May 2017. Racing Analytical Services Limited (RASL) reported that analysis of that urine sample revealed the sample to contain arsenic in excess of the allowable threshold. Mr Brown was also charged with a breach of AHRR 190B(1) being that he failed to properly keep and maintain a log book in accordance with this rule.  Mr Brown pleaded guilty to both charges before submissions on penalty were heard from HRV Stewards and Mr Brown. In deciding an appropriate penalty, the HRV RAD Board considered Mr Brown’s guilty plea and cooperation throughout the investigation; Mr Brown’s clear record in regard to prohibited substance matters over a long involvement in the industry; both general and specific deterrence; consistency of penalty and other similar matters. Mr Brown was subsequently fined $3000, of which $1500 was suspended for a period of 12 months.  In relation to the log book charge, Mr Brown was fined the sum of $250.  The HRV RAD Board also ordered that, under AHRR 195, ‘Misschanel’ be disqualified from Race 1 at Swan Hill on 9 May 2017 and that the placings be amended accordingly. 8 September 2017  HRV RAD Board Hearing – Aaron Brown    Racing Appeals & Disciplinary Board 

Harness Racing New South Wales (HRNSW) Stewards have concluded their inquiries into the circumstances in which the prohibited substance, Clenbutorol, was detected in urine and blood samples taken from the registered horse DEN HELDER NZ at Cowra race meeting on Sunday, May 14, 2017. At Cowra racecourse on that day HRNSW Stewards and Investigators searched the vehicle and float of trainer N Carroll and subsequently the horses GUTS and DEN HELDER NZ were withdrawn from their respective races by order of Stewards.  Stewards also ordered swab samples to be taken from both horses. Evidence was heard from trainer M Carroll and HRNSW Regulatory Veterinarian Dr M Wainscott.  Further evidence from the Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory and Racing Analytical Service certifying the substance Clenbutorol had been detected in blood and urines samples taken from DEN HELDER NZ on that day was considered. HRNSW Stewards issued the following charge against M Carroll pursuant to Australian Harness Racing Rule (AHRR) 190 (1), (2) and (4) as follows: (1)  A horse shall be presented for a race free of prohibited substances. (2)  If a horse is presented for a race otherwise than in accordance with sub rule (1) the trainer of the horse is guilty of an offence…. (4)  An offence under sub rule (2) or sub rule (3) is committed regardless of the circumstances in which the prohibited substance came to be present in or on the horse. 5)  A horse is presented for a race during the period commencing at 8.00 a.m. on the day of the race for which the horse is nominated and ending at the time it is removed from the racecourse after the running of that race. M Carroll pleaded guilty to having presented DEN HELDER NZ to the races following which a prohibited substance, Clenbutorol, was detected by two laboratories approved by HRNSW and was disqualified for a period of 14 months to commence from June 22 2017, the date upon which he was initially stood down. Stewards acknowledge that at the time of presentation DEN HELDER NZ had been in the care and under the control of trainer N Carroll.  At a future date N Carroll will be required to attend a further inquiry in this matter. In considering penalty Stewards were mindful of the following: The serious nature of this offence; M Carroll’s guilty plea; A previous prohibited substance offence; M Carroll’s licence history in excess of 34 years; The particular circumstances surrounding the offence; Other personal subjective facts. M Carroll was advised of his right to appeal this decision. MICHAEL PRENTICE | INTEGRITY MANAGER (02) 9722 6600 •  mprentice@hrnsw.com.au GRAHAM LOCH | CHAIRMAN OF STEWARDS (02) 9722 6600 •  gloch@hrnsw.com.au

At its August 21 meeting at Del Mar Turf Club in Del Mar, California, the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium board approved the immediate funding of two grant projects focused on inhibiting the use of illicit substances. One will study the detection of compounds called Selective Androgen Receptor Modulators (SARM) LGD-4033, which have the potential to mimic anabolic steroid effects on tissues – increasing muscle mass but lacking the androgenic effects that cause male characteristics. The goal of the second project is to improve the screening of and confirmation sensitivity for EPO-stimulating agents (ESAs) administered in very small amounts (called micro-dosing) to obtain a blood-doping effect while avoiding detection. The RMTC board heard plans for the creation of a four-year grant program beginning in 2018 to encourage tactical research into the detection and identification of illicit substances. The RMTC will pursue contributions from other industry groups and individuals to match funds provided by the RMTC. The funding level has not been finalized but is expected to be at least $500,000. “We want this program to provide researchers a consistent funding source for these types of tactical research projects,” said RMTC Executive Director Dr. Dionne Benson. “This initiative will enable us to make significant advances in targeting emerging threats and developing new techniques to test for them – both of which are essential to effectively regulating our sport.” RMTC Executive Director Dr. Dionne Benson also updated the board on the adoption status of the National Uniform Medication Program (NUMP). According to Benson, the Controlled Therapeutic Substances list has now been adopted in 22 of the 34 harness and flat racing pari-mutuel states, third-party veterinarian administration of furosemide has been adopted in 20, and the Multiple Medication Violations penalty system has been adopted in 15 states. In addition, she informed the board that the University of Florida laboratory’s application has been reviewed and the process of accreditation is underway. With the addition of the Florida laboratory, RMTC-accredited laboratories and those in the process of accreditation are now responsible for the testing of samples for 31 jurisdictions. “While we are encouraged to see University of Florida’s laboratory working to meet the RMTC Laboratory Accreditation standards, we urge the Delaware harness, South Dakota, Louisiana and Iowa commissions to utilize an RMTC-accredited laboratory,” said RMTC Chair Alex Waldrop. “Every laboratory across the U.S. must be RMTC-accredited so that the testing of horse racing samples can consistently and reliably detect a wide variety of substances at low concentrations.” In other business, several Model Rule recommendations were approved by the RMTC board for forwarding to the Association of Racing Commissioners International including: A model rule stating a claim shall be voided if that horse satisfies the regulatory authority’s definition of a claimed horse and dies or is euthanized, or is placed on the Official Veterinarians’ List prior to physical transfer to the claimant   The claimant can override the voiding of a claim for a Vet-Listed horse by so indicating on the official claim form at the time the claim is submitted   A model rule requiring every veterinarian treating a racehorse at a facility under the jurisdiction of the Racing Authority submit a Veterinarian’s Medication Report Form to the official veterinarian or other Regulatory Authority designee in a manner specified by the Regulatory Authority and in an approved format   A model rule requiring trainers or their designee maintain complete records for at least the last 30 days of all corticosteroid and intra-articular injections for all horses in his or her control including the date of the injection, name of the veterinarian performing the injection, articular space(s) or structure(s) injected, medications or biologicals used to inject each articular space, and dose in milligrams of each corticosteroid used   If a horse is successfully claimed by a new owner, the trainer of record at time of race must provide that horse’s complete corticosteroid and intra-articular injection record(s) for the last 30 days   30-day Records: ·         May be provided in paper or electronic form but must be provided in a format approved by the Regulatory Authority ·         Must be provided to the new trainer within 48 hours of the transfer of the horse – the trainer or his/her designee shall notify the regulatory veterinarian when the records have been provided ·         Submission may be delegated to the treating veterinarian, who shall provide the report to the new trainer within 48 hours of the transfer of the horse ·         Failure of the trainer to provide the 30-day Record shall result in disciplinary action The RMTC board decided to seek comments from constituents over the next 30 days on a Trainer’s Treatment Records model rule, which will be presented to them again at a later date. The RMTC consists of 23 racing industry stakeholders and organizations that represent Thoroughbred, Standardbred, American Quarter Horse and Arabian racing. The organization works to develop and promote uniform rules, policies and testing standards at the national level; coordinate research and educational programs that seek to ensure the integrity of racing and the health and welfare of racehorses and participants; and protect the interests of the racing public.   Racetrack Medication & Testing Consortium (RMTC)

The Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) Racing Appeals and Disciplinary (RAD) Board today considered charges issued by HRV Stewards under Australian Harness Racing Rules (AHRR) 190(1) and 190B(1) against licensed trainer-driver David Drury.  ARHR 190(1) reads as follows:  A horse shall be presented for a race free of prohibited substances.  The charge under AHRR 190(1) issued by HRV Stewards against Mr Drury related to a post-race urine sample taken from the horse ‘Hes Just Fine’ after it won Race 3, the ‘Tabcorp Park Melton Choice Hotels Pace’, at Horsham on 21 April 2017. Racing Analytical Services Limited (RASL) reported that analysis of the urine sample revealed it to contain the prohibited substance caffeine along with its associated metabolites. The Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory (ARFL) in NSW confirmed these findings in the reserve portion of the relevant urine sample. Mr Drury was also charged with a breach of AHRR 190B(1) being that he failed to properly keep and maintain a log book in accordance with this rule.  Mr Drury pleaded guilty to both charges before submissions on penalty were heard from HRV Stewards and Mr Drury.  In deciding an appropriate penalty, the HRV RAD Board considered Mr Drury’s guilty plea and cooperation throughout the investigation; Mr Drury’s clear record in regard to prohibited substance matters over a long involvement in the industry; both general and specific deterrence; consistency of penalty and other similar matters. Mr Drury was subsequently fined $6000, of which $1000 was suspended for a period of 12 months. In relation to the log book charge, Mr Drury was fined the sum of $250. The HRV RAD Board also ordered that, under ARHR 195, ‘Hes Just Fine’ be disqualified from Race 3 at Horsham on 21 April 2017 and that the placings be amended accordingly. Racing Appeals & Disciplinary Board 

On 26 August 2016 Mr Mark Reed was requested to provide a urine sample to enable testing for banned substances. The initial sample provided at that time did not meet the required criteria’s and accordingly Mr Reed was directed to provide a second sample. Mr Reed refused to provide such second sample. Following this refusal Mr Reed was stood down under Rule 183(d). Stewards yesterday conducted an inquiry into Mark Reed refusing a reasonable direction from Senior Investigator Paul Criddle to provide a second urine sample at Gloucester Park on 26 August 2016. Evidence was taken from Paul Criddle and Mark Reed. Mr Reed was charged under Rule 238 which states: 238. A person shall not fail to comply with any order, direction or requirement of the Controlling Body or the Stewards relating to harness racing or to the harness racing industry. In determining penalty stewards took into account: His guilty plea His personal circumstances His time away from the industry The serious nature of the offence. Stewards were of the opinion that any refusal of a direction impacts on the ability of the stewards to regulate the industry and enforce the rules. Mr Reed was disqualified for 6 months effective immediately. Barbara Scott - Chief Steward Harness Ph: 9445 5176 barbara.scott@rwwa.com.au  

The Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) Racing Appeals and Disciplinary (RAD) Board today considered charges issued against licensed trainer-driver Paul Grech under Australian Harness Racing Rules (AHRR) 190(1) and 190B(1). Charge 1 – AHRR 190(1) reads as follows: A horse shall be presented for a race free of prohibited substances    This charge related to a post-race urine sample collected from the horse ‘Mister Oz’ after it placed 2nd in Race 1, the ‘Hargreaves Hill Trotters Handicap’, at Yarra Valley on 17 February 2016. Racing Analytical Services Limited (RASL) reported that analysis of the urine sample revealed the sample to contain a prohibited substance, namely cobalt, at a level of 237 micrograms per litre (µg/L), which is above the allowable threshold (at the time) of 200 µg/L in urine.    Charge 2 - AHRR 190B(1) reads as follows:    A trainer shall at all times keep and maintain a log book   The particulars of this charge related to the stable inspection conducted on 18 March 2016 by HRV Stewards, when Mr Grech was found not to keep and maintain a logbook as required.    Mr Grech pleaded guilty to both charges    The HRV RAD board heard evidence from Investigative Steward Stephen Svanosio, RASL Scientific Manager Paul Zahra and Veterinary Pharmacologist Professor Paul Mills. Each of those witnesses was cross-examined.   The HRV RAD Board also heard submissions from Ms Wood (for the HRV Stewards), Mr Grech and Mr Grech’s representative, Brian Lyngcoln.    In determining penalty, the HRV RAD Board considered Mr Grech’s 35-year involvement in the industry, his record which had two prior prohibited substance offences, the impact of any penalty on Mr Grech both specific and general deterrence and consistency of penalties in relation to cobalt cases. Taking all of these matters into account the HRV RAD Board imposed a 15-month suspension of Mr Grech’s trainers and drivers licences. The HRV RAD Board ordered the suspension to commence at midnight on Saturday 19 August 2017. On the second charge (relating to the log book) the HRV RAD Board imposed a $250 fine.   The HRV RAD Board also ordered that ‘Mister Oz’ be disqualified from Race 1 at Yarra Valley on 17 February 2016 and that the placings be amended accordingly   Racing Appeals & Disciplinary Board    Harness Racing Victoria  

The Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) Racing Appeals and Disciplinary (RAD) Board today considered a charge issued against licensed trainer-driver Ross Graham under Australian Harness Racing Rule (AHRR) 190(1), that states:  A horse shall be presented for a race free of prohibited substances The charge related to a post-race urine sample collected from the horse ‘Sonetto’ after it won Race 2, the ‘Elite Horse Transport Trot’, at Shepparton on 27 July 2016. Racing Analytical Services Limited (RASL) reported that analysis of the urine sample revealed the sample to contain a prohibited substance, namely cobalt, at a level of 298 micrograms per litre (µg/L), which is above the allowable threshold (at the time) of 200 µg/L in urine. Mr Graham pleaded not guilty to the charge.  The HRV RAD board considered statements from Investigative Steward Neal Conder, RASL Scientific Manager Paul Zahra and Veterinary Pharmacologist Professor Paul Mills, along with evidence from Veterinarians Dr Jim Vasey, Dr Richard Cust, Dr Greg Hargreaves and Swabbing Assistant Gordon Warner. After considering all the evidence tendered at the hearing and submissions from both parties, Mr Graham was found guilty of the charge.  The HRV RAD Board considered further penalty submissions from the HRV Stewards that included the seriousness of the charge; that the integrity of racing is protected; and comparable prohibited substance cases. Ross Graham’s penalty submissions were also considered, including his personal circumstances and a 25-year involvement in the industry with an excellent record. In considering all of these circumstances, in addition to both specific and general deterrence and consistency of penalty, the HRV RAD Board imposed a 15-month suspension of Mr Graham’s trainers licence. The HRV RAD Board ordered the suspension to commence at midnight on Sunday 13 August 2017. The HRV RAD Board also ordered that ‘Sonetto’ be disqualified from Race 2 at Shepparton on 27 July 2016 and that the placings be amended accordingly. Harness Racing Appeals & Disciplinary Board 

Harness Racing South Australia Stewards today conducted a hearing into an adverse test result returned by RAP ARTIST following a pre-race urine test taken from the gelding on Saturday 7th January 2017. The particulars being that the sample taken from RAP ARTIST was shown to contain Cobalt at a mass concentration greater than the permissible tolerance. Mr Billinger admitted a breach of Rule (AHHR) 190(1) which states “A horse shall be presented for a race free of prohibited substances” After considering submissions on penalty put to the Stewards by Mr Billinger’s advocate, Mr R Fewings, and after having regard to all other factors, including that this was Mr Billinger’s second breach of the presentation rule, the finding was that Mr Billinger be disqualified for a period of eighteen (18) months and that, following the expiration of his disqualification, he be prohibited from holding a trainer’s licence for a further eighteen months.  Acting under the provisions of AHRR 195, RAP ARTIST was disqualified from second placing in Race 6 at Globe Derby on 7th January 2017 and Stewards directed that the placing’s be amended accordingly. Ross Neal Chairman of Stewards HARNESS RACING SOUTH AUSTRALIA

The Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) yesterday heard an application for review lodged by the Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) Stewards regarding a penalty decision of the HRV Racing Appeals and Disciplinary (RAD) Board on 24 May 2017 in relation to a charge issued against licensed trainer-driver Alison Chisholm. On 24 May 2017, Mrs Chisholm pleaded guilty to a charge issued under Australian Harness Racing Rule 190(1) for presenting the horse ‘Jimmy The Editor NZ’ to race at Tabcorp Park Melton on 16 April 2016 when not free of cobalt, a prohibited substance when present at a concentration of greater than 200µg/L (as it was then). Mrs Chisholm was issued with a 12-month suspension of her trainers licence. The full HRV RAD Board media release can be found here. On 7 August 2017, VCAT Presiding Member Wentworth heard evidence from Veterinary Pharmacologist Professor Paul Mills, along with submissions and statements on behalf of the HRV Stewards and Mrs Chisholm. After considering all the material tendered, Member Wentworth reserved her decision on penalty and advised that a decision could be expected in approximately eight weeks. Harness Racing Victoria

The actions taken yesterday by Jeffrey Gural in barring harness racing champion mare Lady Shadow from The Golden Girls is both unprecedented and shows how vindictive an individual he is.   Lady Shadow had a clenbuterol average of 2.9 Pica grams, or parts per billion.   This is a trace amount of a therapeutic medication routinely used by Horseman. It certainly had no performance-enhancing effect on the horse, specially at that level.    Gural clearly has a personal agenda against Lady Shadow who he has repeatedly attempted to bar from the Meadowlands.   Obviously he has an agenda against me as well for the mere fact that I exercised my constitutional right to sue him an attempt to force him to honor his contractual obligations.          Obviously the owners of Lady Shadow are extremely disappointed and will do whatever they can within their legal rights to have the mare race on Saturday.        It should be pointed out that the matter remains under appeal and we are contesting the positive and any penalty in Pennsylvania.   There simply is no rule in the state of New Jersey or even under Gural rules which would allow for him two bar a horse based upon a pending positive under appeal and Stay.   Gural repeatedly makes rules up as he goes along and then changes and breaks them as he sees fit.   There are many horses currently racing at The Meadowlands who also had positives pending but they were allowed to race without complaint.   Mr. Gural is a first class bully and unfairly creates rules to allow him to do what he wants when he wants.   It's his ball and he feels that he can take it and leave when somebody doesn't kiss his ring.   It must stop at some point for the good of the sport.   Howard Taylor

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (July 29, 2017) - The Meadowlands Racetrack is announcing that Lady Shadow, an earner of $1,915,777 and the 2016 Dan Patch Award winner as harness racing champion pacing mare, will be unable to race at the Meadowlands after a post-race test at Harrah's Philadelphia on May 28 came back positive for Clenbuterol. According to the ruling issued by the Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission, "Ronald Adams as trainer is in violation of PHRC medication rules and the trainer responsibility rule. Mr. Adams has waived his hearing before the Judges and will appeal the ruling to the Racing Commission. All purse money earned on 5/28/2017 must be returned and redistributed. Transfers of horses must be approved by the Judges at Harrah's Chester or by the PHRC." "As a result of the finding that Lady Shadow was found to have unacceptable levels of Clenbuterol when she raced at Harrah's Philadelphia and the split sample came back positive, the owners have been advised that the horse will not be allowed to race in the upcoming stake at the Meadowlands," said Meadowlands chairman Jeffrey Gural. For more information, visit www.playmeadowlands.com. Justin Horowitz

Office of Racing Integrity Stewards today inquired into reports from the analyst that, Arsenic in excess of the prescribed allowable threshold had been detected in urine samples taken from RUSTY RED COMET at Launceston Pacing Club on 10 June 2016 and FLETCHERS KNIGHT at Tasmanian Pacing Club on 8 July 2016. Stewards considered evidence tendered by trainer Mr Ben Yole, Prof Simon Bailey (University of Melbourne), and Veterinarian Dr Peter Horridge. Mr Ben Yole subsequently pleaded guilty to two charges pursuant to Australian Harness Racing Rule (AHHR) 190(1) which states “A horse shall be presented for a race free of prohibited substances” The particulars of the charges were that Mr Ben Yole did present RUSTY RED COMET for racing at Launceston on 10 June 2016 and FLETCHERS KNIGHT for racing at Hobart on 8 July 2016 when urine samples taken from those horses were found to contain the prohibited substance Arsenic. Evidence taken from Professor Simon Bailey included a reference to a study by Melbourne University faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences examining the ingestion of wood shavings containing Arsenic. The evidence could not exclude to the requisite standard that the level of arsenic detected was not the result of RUSTY RED COMET and FLETCHERS KNIGHT consuming wood from paddock fencing. Analysis of samples taken at the time a stable inspection was carried out confirmed the presence of arsenic consistent with treated timber. Photographic evidence tendered by Stewards also confirmed signs of significant and fresh damage to the wood consistent with chewing. Stewards were therefore not satisfied on the evidence before the panel that such result were not the outcomes of the horses consuming the fencing over the period in their respective paddocks. Stewards determined to not impose a penalty against Mr Ben Yole for the breaches of AHHR 190(1) in these circumstances. Acting under the provisions of AHRR 195, RUSTY RED COMET was disqualified from its unplaced performance at Launceston on 10 June 2016 and FLETCHERS KNIGHT was disqualified from its winning performance at Hobart on 8 July 2016 and directed that the placing’s of both races be amended accordingly.   RIVERLEGIRL INQUIRY 27 JULY 2017 – RODNEY BURGESS. Panel – D Farquharson, A Crowther, & S Quill Office of Racing Integrity Stewards today inquired into a report from the analyst that, Arsenic in excess of the prescribed allowable threshold had been detected in a urine sample taken from RIVERLEGIRL at Carrick Park Pacing Club on 30 January 2016. Stewards considered evidence tendered by trainer Mr Rodney Burgess, part owner Mrs M Burgess, Prof Simon Bailey (University of Melbourne), Paul Zahra (Racing Analytical Services Ltd) and Veterinarian Dr Peter Horridge. Mr Rodney Burgess subsequently pleaded guilty to a charge pursuant to Australian Harness Racing Rule (AHHR) 190(1) which states “A horse shall be presented for a race free of prohibited substances” The particulars of the charge were that Mr Rodney Burgess did present RIVERLEGIRL for racing at Carrick on 30 January 2016 when a post race urine sample taken from that filly was found to contain the prohibited substance Arsenic. Evidence taken from Professor Simon Bailey included a reference to a study by Melbourne University faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences examining the ingestion of wood shavings containing Arsenic. The evidence could not exclude to the requisite standard that the level of arsenic detected was not the result of RIVERLEGIRL consuming arsenic containing wood from the paddock fencing. Analysis of samples taken at the time a stable inspection was carried out confirmed the presence of arsenic consistent with treated timber. Photographic evidence tendered by Stewards also confirmed signs of significant and fresh damage to the wood consistent with chewing. Stewards were therefore not satisfied on the evidence before the panel that such result was not the outcome of the horse consuming the fencing over the period of time it was in that paddock. Stewards determined to not impose a penalty against Mr Rodney Burgess for the breach of AHHR 190(1) in these circumstances. Acting under the provisions of AHRR 195, RIVERLEGIRL was disqualified from its winning performance at Carrick on 30 January 2016 and Stewards directed that the placing’s be amended accordingly. Panel – D Farquharson, A Crowther, & S Quill David Farquharson SENIOR STEWARD – Harness (03) 6777 1900

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