Dionne Benson, executive director of the Racing Medication & Testing Consortium, submitted this letter to BloodHorse on the 2015 methocarbamol positive in Kentucky of trainer Graham Motion which was upheld Oct. 11 by the KHRC.
The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission didn't change a stewards' ruling that a Graham Motion-trained horse raced with too much methocarbamol in its system, but the KHRC did alter the sanctions levied against the classic-winning trainer.
A day after prominent trainer Graham Motion questioned the research conducted to determine the threshold level and withdrawal time for methocarbamol (Robaxin), the RMTC defended its efforts.
The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission has suspended Graham Motion for five days and fined the trainer $500 for a medication overage in Bewitch Stakes (gr. IIIT) winner Kitten's Point. Motion has appealed the ruling.
The 2012 Pocahontas Stakes (gr. II) win by Claiborne Farm and Adele Dilschneider's filly Sign was reinstated following a settlement announced July 17 by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission.
David Royse, representing Sign's owners, said the stewards mistakenly believed they were obligated to include a disqualification (and resulting purse forfeiture) as a minimum requirement of the current KHRC rule.
Kentucky Horse Racing Commission stewards have disqualified Sign from her victory in last season's Pocahontas Stakes (gr. II) at Churchill Downs following a positive test for methocarbamol (Robaxin).
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