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Updated: Horses, Trainers Cleared In Tainted Feed Positive Test Case

Published: July 9, 2013 12:38 pm ET

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Trot Insider has learned that all trainers and horses affected by the positive tests due to tainted feed have been cleared to race as of Monday, July 8.

Within one week in mid-June, five horses - Adaymer Seelster, Creampuff Macdaddy, Lucky Journal, Northern Spark and Posey Tina tested positive for ractopamine, a Class 2 drug.

On June 26, the Ontario Racing Commission issued a notice of an emergency hearing. That hearing was held on June 27, and the appelants were denied a stay at that time as the investigation into the tainted feed was still ongoing.

A ruling issued on July 4 cleared trainers Rob Fellows, Brad Maxwell and Bjorn 'Bernie' Noren, as the positive tests were subsequently linked to tainted feed. A follow-up hearing was scheduled to clear the horses, and that hearing took place on July 8.

As of the afternoon of July 8, the trainers and their horses were deemed eligible to race by the Ontario Racing Commission.

To view the official Reasons for Decision from the ORC, click here.


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