Rapid Proof DQ'd from Mervin Muniz Win

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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