A horse that won a race at Prairie Meadows has tested positive for meth.
The horse named Drag Malibu was drug tested shortly after winning the third race of the day on May 29.
“The horse had trace amounts of methamphetamine in his body when the horse ran in the race,” stated Brian Ohorilko, administrator of the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission.
Ohorilko added that they see positive drug tests a handful of times in the year, but a horse testing positive for meth is nearly unheard of.
The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission found the groom, the person who handles the horse before and after the race, tested positive for meth himself.
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Subsequently, the trace amounts on his hands resulted in Drag Malibu testing positive for meth.
“The groom had put a tongue tie on the horse and it’s very reasonable to assume based on the level of methamphetamine detected, that’s probably how the horse tested positive,” Ohorilko stated.
The normal penalty for this violation is a year-long suspension, but Drag Malibu’s trainer/owner Kenny Smith doesn’t have a prior history of violations.
Additionally, Smith didn’t give his horse meth or authorize anybody else to give the horse meth.
Smith is suspended for 15 days. Smith tells KCCI that this is a frustrating situation. He has cut ties with the groom.
Smith loses his first-place winnings and was fined $1,000, but gamblers’ bets from that day are locked in place.
“There’s no method or mechanism to reimburse the gamblers that concluded in second on this particular case,” Ohorilko said.
As for Drag Malibu, the Thoroughbred was put on the veterinarian’s list and has been cleared to race again.
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