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National HBPA to Address Drug Trace Levels

The National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association medication committee hopes to establish what it calls "proper regulatory thresholds" for trace levels of the urinary metabolites of cocaine and morphine.

Wood Resigns CHRB Post

Roy C. Wood Jr. will retire from his position as executive director of the California Horse Racing Board effective at the end of 2004.

Court of Appeals Reverses Baffert's Morphine Dismissal

In a decision filed June 6, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit reversed a federal court ruling and ordered reinstatement of the California Horse Racing Board's complaint against trainer Bob Baffert for a morphine positive in one of his horses.

Florida Morphine Case Raises Zero-Tolerance Question

The Florida Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering in August filed an administrative complaint against trainer Henry Collazo, alleging that a horse he ran at Calder Race Course tested positive for a derivative of morphine. The case has again put Florida's zero-tolerance policy under scrutiny.

Trainer Mendoza Cleared in Medication Case

A board of three stewards at Santa Anita Park ruled that no penalty should be assessed against trainer Jesus (Jesse) Mendoza for a morphine positive found in a horse he trained in June, 2000. The Jan. 10 ruling stated that Mendoza had "mitigated the circumstances of the charge."

CHRB Considers Options in Wake of Ruling

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California Horse Racing Board officials are refusing to discuss a federal judge's decision to dismiss the board's case against trainer Bob Baffert in regard to a positive test for morphine in one of his horses last year.

Judge Throws Out Baffert Morphine Case

On Monday, Nov. 19, a federal judge in Los Angeles dismissed the California Horse Racing Board's case against trainer Bob Baffert over a morphine positive found in a post-race urine sample of a Baffert-trained horse last year.

Merge Ahead?

By Ray Paulick -- If racing commissions can't decide which national organization should represent them, it seems almost absurd to suggest the industry should move toward uniform medication rules.

Superior Court Judge Gives Baffert Stay of Suspension

Trainer Bob Baffert received a stay of the 60-day suspension he was given last Sunday by California Horse Racing Board stewards as a result of a positive test for trace levels of morphine in Nautical Look, a Baffert-trained runner who won a maiden race at Hollywood Park last May 3.

Test Pattern

By Ray Paulick -- The 60-day suspension handed down by the three California Horse Racing Board stewards against Eclipse Award-winning trainer Bob Baffert comes as no surprise, given the CHRB track record.

CHRB Issues Another Complaint for Morphine Positive

On Thursday, for the second time in less than a week, the California Horse Racing Board issued a complaint against a trainer after morphine was found in a post-race test of a horse. The CHRB charged trainer Jesus Mendoza after Truesdail Laboratories reported a positive test for morphine in a urine sample taken from Golden General after the colt finished second in the sixth race at Hollywood Park on June 23.

Morphine Charges a Deja Vu for Frankel

For the second time in five years, Hall of Fame and Eclipse Award-winning trainer Robert Frankel is fighting charges levied by the California Horse Racing Board after morphine was detected in post-race tests of horses he trains.

CHRB Issues Complaints Against Frankel

The California Horse Racing Board issued two complaints Saturday against prominent Southern California trainer Robert Frankel. Frankel was cited after morphine was detected in urine samples taken from two horses the trainer raced at Hollywood Park in June.

Baffert Claims Contamination in Positive

The California Horse Racing Board on Wednesday issued a complaint against three-time Eclipse Award-winning trainer Bob Baffert after an independent laboratory confirmed that a split sample taken from one of his horses tested positive for morphine, an illegal Class I drug first detected by the board's official laboratory, Truesdail.

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