State Regulators Defend Horse Doping Standards After New Times's Calder Investigation

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Michael E. Miller
Sole Runner, a horse trained by Kirk Ziadie, records a surprise win earlier this summer
Read our investigation into horse doping: "Cheaters Prosper at Calder Race Course."

Last week, New Times published a feature article on horse doping at Calder Race Course. The investigation found that trainer Kirk Ziadie had violated state drug standards 41 times but had only been fined a total of $13,100 -- less than the purse for many races. Despite the drug violations, Ziadie's horses had never forfeited their prize money.

Our article found Florida partly at fault due to its lax penalties and outdated testing methods. But a spokeswoman for the Department of Business and Professional Regulation -- the agency overseeing horse racing in the state -- disagrees.

"The Department has pursued discipline against licensed individuals who violate these standards for the industry, including Mr. Ziadie, to the extent permitted under state statutes and rules," says Sandi Copes Poreda.

Poreda denies that Florida's rules are lax. As evidence, she cites DBPR's move to strengthen fines and penalties for drug overages last year.

Poreda also denies that Florida's testing methods lag behind other states.

"The University of Florida's Racing Laboratory is one of only seven laboratories in the nation that has been accredited by Forensic Quality Services," she says. "The lab uses state-of-the-art equipment to analyze samples collected from racing animals in Florida and updates its procedures regularly.

But as Dr. Richard Sams -- the former director of UF's Racing Lab -- told us during our investigation, weaker testing methods are, in fact, written into Florida statutes for some classes of drugs:
550.2415 (14) The division shall utilize only the thin layer chromatography (TLC) screening process to test for the presence of class IV and V medications in samples taken from racehorses except when thresholds of a class IV or class V medication have been established and are enforced by rule. Once a sample has been identified as suspicious for a class IV or class V medication by the TLC screening process, the sample will be sent for confirmation by and through additional testing methods. All other medications not classified by rule as a class IV or class V agent shall be subject to all forms of testing available to the division.

(emphasis added by New Times)
Poreda responds by saying that class V medications are the "equivalent of human aspirin."

Yet, when these drugs are used to mask a horse's injury or make it run through pain, it can lead to deadly accidents for both the horse and its jockey. The rising toll of these breakdowns was chronicled in a recent series of articles by the The New York Times.

Finally, Poreda argues that in the event of a drug positive, "the state does not have the ability to pull the purse (race winnings) back from the trainer because the purse is awarded to the owner."

While obviously true, this ignores the reality that trainers (a) are employed by the horse owner and (b) often receive a slice of the purse from the owner after a win. Revoking a purse therefore punished both the owner and trainer.

Why the DBPR would not demand the return of the winnings from the 41 races after which Kirk Ziadie's horses failed drug tests remains an open question.

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RichRoma
RichRoma

In addition, if Rene Wagner is willing, I pose the following other questions. Please note that it is my belief that the author of the story is taking some pretty severe freedoms with respect to journalistic freedom and these questions simply serve to illustrate the story further. I offer no slant and simply ask the questions to get clairification.

 

1. "I personally know that the blood samples taken from the horses after the race, sit in an office for weeks, where anyone is able to come and swap out any of the samples given - they sit there in the open for everyone to see and no-one overseeing the situation." How do you know this personally? Have you been to the lab? What is the name of it? How/why were you permitted access to the lab?

 

2.Then this guy Allen Bruce Gottlieb bought a horse called "Eclipse One" this happened at the Gulfstream meet, his check bounced, the issue rolled over to Calder (same people different venue) and they wanted the money back from the jockey agent???" How do you know this? Please clarify what money was sought back from the jockey agent? Was the horse sold privately? Claimed?

 

3. "Poreda's comments about "aspirin" is b/s I and other's know for a fact that the ex Steward Jeffrey Noe and others are covering up for their "hand picked" trainer's to give their horses 4cc of banamine the night before they race." What stake would Jeffrey Noe have in allowing trainers to give banamine the night before the race? That is, what's the angle for him? Why are the trainers "hand picked"? Who hand picked them and why were they chosen?

 

4. "Vet Mary Scalloy allowed one of Christos Gatis horse to run with a bow tendon, the horse won, drugged up out of it's mind!!!" Is it your belief that horse's who bow tendon never race again? What was the name of this horse? Was it tested following a victory (that answer is certainly yes). What were the results of the test? In your opinion, what medications was the horse racing on that day and for what reason?

 

5. "Saw a vet in Todd Pletchers barn up at Palm Meadowns injecting a horse in the cannon bone" Why were you in Todd Pletcher's barn? Do you know Todd? What was being injected? Was the horse in question scheduled to race in the near future?

 

6. What vested stake does the operating facility have in horses being raced in altered states (i.e drugs,  etc)? That is, why/how would doing so benefit them?

 

Make no mistake, I am NOT calling you a liar. I simply need the answers to these questions to help me form my opinion on the situation. If you decide that you do not want to answer the questions, that's your choice. But I will then be forced to formulate my opinion with the answers to these questions still pending.

RichRoma
RichRoma

"When I asked the State and stewards to investigate whether my horse was buzzed with an "electrical device" - It was only done months after the fact, when the jockey had left the state"

 

Based on the above statement, I pose the following questions to Rene Wagner:

 

1. Were or were you not sent off by the betting public at 168-1 in the race in question?

2. Had your horse finished better than 5th since August of 2008?

3. Did the horse finish better than 5th under your care...at any point?

3a. Did the horse win under your care?

4. True or false: Your horse finished last in that race?

4a. Is it your belief that the reason your horse finished last is because she was "plugged in"

4b. Is it your belief that using "electrical devices" serves to hinder a horse's performance? That is to say, do you believe that "plugging in" is a good way to ensure a poor performance?

5. How many horse racing victories do you have to your credit since you started training in North America.

 

My contention is, if these questions are answered honestly, it will help readers understand what frame of reference Wagner has for the harsh allegations that have been lodged.

Thegospeltruth
Thegospeltruth

This is a free country and crazy people like Rene Wagner are allowed to walk among us and make as many crazy, unsubstantiated comments as they wish.  In just her first paragraph she states that all states take purses "over any medication drug violation."  Not true.  She should check out the ARCI Model Rules, Category "C" violations.  Midnight shredding parties and the unsolicited use of a buzzer on her horse, give me a break!

renewagner
renewagner

OMW, I don't know where to start, there is so much to say, firstly this Poreda blatantly shows how CHEATERS PROSPER AT CALDER, because all other states take the purse away from the trainers and owners even on their first offense when they are over any medication drug violation. I personally know that the blood samples taken from the horses after the race, sit in an office for weeks, where anyone is able to come and swap out any of the samples given - they sit there in the open for everyone to see and no-one overseeing the situation. Now I have to mention the midnight shredding parting Calder likes to have - shredding important documents, with names, times, dates, places of when, when, why, what is really happening behind closed doors. And if the State wants to come with this "I'm so innocent, my hands are tied!" attitude, it is a bunch of non-sense. These incidents have been put in writing to the state for them to investigate. When I asked the State and stewards to investigate whether my horse was buzzed with an "electrical device" - It was only done months after the fact, when the jockey had left the state and the State investigator Ba Dillo was going on retirement, and gave me some lame excuse, months after the fact. Ba Dillo and Nero (two state investigators) aren't capable of investigating, who let the dogs out!

 

Then this guy Allen Bruce Gottlieb bought a horse called "Eclipse One" this happened at the Gulfstream meet, his check bounced, the issue rolled over to Calder (same people different venue) and they wanted the money back from the jockey agent???

 

Poreda's comments about "aspirin" is b/s I and other's know for a fact that the ex Steward Jeffrey Noe and others are covering up for their "hand picked" trainer's to give their horses 4cc of banamine the night before they race. IN Tampa Bay last year a trainer was caught and fined for the use of cocaine in his horse and his was allowed to continue to race, and he still came up with the same thing over and over again. Vet Mary Scalloy allowed one of Christos Gatis horse to run with a bow tendon, the horse won, drugged up out of it's mind!!! Saw a vet in Todd Pletchers barn up at Palm Meadowns injecting a horse in the cannon bone - they are doing this stuff out in the open, that's how LAX the situation has become. 

 

The big surprise for all about Calder/Churchill Downs etc and their co-conspirators MID (Magna) Group/Gulfstream Park etc is that the State Departments drug testing has been compromised a $1,000.00 a month bonus on any pay check of State Department  employees, which is based upon the dangerous term of vested interest will forced any State Department drug testing official to cheat which allows them secretly to turn a blind eye or compromise a true test results.

 

But the over dose of bute and banamine etc are merely just fronts, which acts as a way out for the drug use of the detrimental findings of Dermorphin -frog juice and or Elephant juice Morphine - Snake Venom etc which can be well camouflaged by the use of lasix at all times.

 

Wasn't it a fact that Thoroughbred and Quarter horse trainers surfaced with positive drug test results of Dermorphin - frog juice in only Louisiana in 2012 what a joke Dermorphin like Elephant Juice - M99 etc Morphine like Snake Venom (Pain killers) have been around for over 20 years refer to conspiredcorruption.wordpress.com

 

One will also discover the Elite Breeders and certain owners led by the master mind at the time the late Sir Graham Beck (deceased July 2010) and his rat pack of horse racing and State Department officials who have been using it secretly via their hand picked vets and trainers for over 30 years to reach breeding fame and fortune.  

 

Well lets take one step further concerning Calder/Churchill Downs compromising or can we call it cheating, when the former head of security Tony Otero and co-conspirators like Steve Diamond - John Marshall etc/ former security agent Pete Serbinoff (ex FBI agent) compromised all essential random drug testing of horseman at Calder Racetrack, simply to keep the graven image of being holy than thou.

 

In other words, it allowed for all executive management and race office staff, stewards and even many hand picked jockeys etc to act in an altered state of minds or could we call it Calder/Churchill Downs Yes Sir No Sir game plan from 1990 - we see no, hear no, speak no Calder/Churchill Downs- MID Group/Gulfstream Park and State Department evil.

 

Needless to say Churchill Downs policy via news paper reports is that, after the young future champion jockey the late Michael Baze died of a drug overdose of Cocaine and the degrading Oxymorphone on the backside of the holy than thou Churchill Downs H/Q in 2011 they clearly prophesied that thye Churchill Downs do not do random drug testing of horseman we ask the question why not?

 

So the above allows for mickey mouse drug testing of racehorses at any of Churchill Downs /MID Group private property racetracks, which undoubtedly eliminates for any of their hand picked trainers to be caught red handed with positives, of Dermorphin and or M99 - Morphine nicknamed Elephant Juice so add 1 + 1 together which should answer for drug testing results of racehorse horses at Calder etc followed suite   

 

http://conspiredcorruption.files.wordpress.com/2012/02/meeker-letter.pdf

 

It amazes me that Poreda doesn't quote 550.235 Conniving to prearrange result of race or jai alai game; using medication or drugs on horse or dog; penalty.—(1) Any person who influences, or has any understanding or connivance with, any owner, jockey, groom, or other person associated with or interested in any stable, kennel, horserace, dograce, or jai alai game, in which any horse, dog, or jai alai player participates, to prearrange or predetermine the results of any such race or game, is guilty of a felony of the third degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s.775.084.(2) Any person who attempts to affect the outcome of a horserace or dograce through administration of medication or drugs to a race animal as prohibited by law; who administers any medication or drugs prohibited by law to a race animal for the purpose of affecting the outcome of a horserace or dograce; or who conspires to administer or to attempt to administer such medication or drugs is guilty of a felony of the third degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084.History.—s. 25, ch. 92-348; s. 30, ch. 97-98. - why is no-one is jail yet???

 

After all Zaidie wasn't the only one asked to leave and was caught red handed, it was the jockey agent and veternerian 

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