Iowa Champion Racehorse Has Tested Positive For Meth
A racehorse that recently won in Prairie Meadows has tested positive for meth.
The horse's name is Drag Malibu and it won the third race of the day on May 29th in Prairie Meadows but soon after tested positive for meth.
However, it wasn't a lot of it. As KCCI reports, it was trace amounts of meth due to handling from its groom (the person who handles a horse before and after a race).
The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission found that Drag Malibu did have a trace amount of meth in his system when he ran the race. Brian Ohorilko, the administrator of the commission, said that a horse testing positive for meth is nearly unheard of.
The groom tested positive for meth and the small amounts of meth on his hands made their way into the horse's system, likely when the groom put a tongue tie on the horse.
Normally, the penalty for this is a year-long suspension but Drag Malibu's owner, Kenny Smith, doesn't have a history of violations and he didn't give the horse meth nor did he authorize anyone else to.
Smith is suspended for 15 days though, lost his first-place winnings, and was hit with a $1,000 fine. Not surprisingly, he cut ties with the groom. He told KCCI it's a frustrating situation.
Gamblers' bets are locked in place in this case. Ohorilko said there's no mechanism in place to reimburse gamblers who finished second on this case.
Drag Malibu was put on the veterinarian's list but he's good to go and has been cleared to race again.
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