Rapid Proof DQ'd from Mervin Muniz Win
by Blood-Horse Staff
Date Posted: 6/21/2005 11:14:26 AM

The Louisiana State Racing Commission has disqualified Rapid Proof from his win in the March 19 Mervin Muniz Memorial Handicap (gr. IIT) at Fair Grounds as a result of a positive test for dexamethasone, according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

Trained by Hal Wiggins, who was fined $1,000, Rapid Proof earned $300,000 for owner Dolphus Morrison. As a result of the unanimous decision to disqualify Rapid Proof, the purse will be redistributed to A to the Z, the second-placed finisher who has now been awarded first.

According to the newspaper, dexamethasone is therapeutic steroid that is not permissible for race day use.

The Times-Picayune reported that Wiggins testified he did not know how horse received the medication and that he did not know if he would appeal the decision.

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