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    Posted: 08 Jan 2010 at 4:32am
  • Adam Hamilton 
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  • January 07

  • EVIDENCE of snake venom being used as a performance enhancer in Australian racing has been uncovered.

    Harness Racing New South Wales chief executive Sam Nati has told the Herald Sun evidence had been found to confirm growing speculation in recent years.

    Snake venom, most notably cobra venom, is said to serve as a powerful painkiller by deadening a horse's joint or nerves. It is most effective on horses with niggling injuries.

    Several trainers, including internationally renowned thoroughbred trainer Patrick Biancone, have been disqualified or suspended for venom use in North American racing.

    "We got our hands on a sample about six weeks ago and sent it to the Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory to be analysed," Nati said.

    "Testing is continuing on the sample and the lab says from its experience it expects to confirm the presence of some type of venom."


    "It was given to us in a bottle with a viper's head on the label," he said.Nati would not reveal the source of the sample.

    "There were a range of ingredients on the label, but venom wasn't one of them."

    Nati described obtaining the sample as a major breakthrough in Australia racing's fight against drug use.

    "We believe viper, or some type of snake venom, has been used in Australia, but we don't have any positive swabs to confirm it," he said.

    "It cannot be detected in swabs at the moment, but the lab tells me they will have test kit for it this year.

    "This is a significant breakthrough because there has been so much rumour and innuendo about snake venom for so long, but we've never had anything to go on."

    Racing Victoria chairman of stewards Terry Bailey, a crusader against prohibited substance use in racing, spoke at length with Nati yesterday about HRNSW's findings.

    Bailey said he had also talked to Dr John Vine, the head of Racing Analytical Services, Victoria's testing laboratory.

    "Dr Vine also said a testing kit was expected to be available this year," he said.

    "Apparently it's been developed in South Australia and is now having the finishing touches put on it over in the US."



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    Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote early4lunch Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 Jan 2010 at 4:44am
    Hopefully they won't announce when testing is ready so nobody can use it until then
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    Or better still, say it won't be ready 'till late in the year but in reality, start testing several months earlier LOL. Might sort a few out Clap
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    Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote scoot Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 Jan 2010 at 8:26am
    how the hell did sam nati get the job as harness racing nsw CEO? has he ever run a business before, let alone a multi million dollar business.
     
    no wonder racing is stufed in australia if they keep hiring people with no management skills to run the show.
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    Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote icare Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 Jan 2010 at 7:46am
    yeah no wonder harness racing is stuffed- Drug cheats and the earth worms that eat of the spoils are the reason. U egotistc retard bastards have not only stuff racing but u have damaged our breeding, made it imposible 4 the hobby training to continue, bred an atmosphere of contempt and idolised false heroes. When our floor is as dirty as it is and believe me it is filthy- we must open it right up and sweep the place clean and cull hard. Big names believe that they desserve an ammensty and idiots that copy believe that the industry cannt afford the exposure- well think again and think real hard because we cann't afford what is happening now -breeding numbers down , race numbers declining. Clean the game up and debate heavily having nil tolerance on drugs such as Viper and EPO - maybe the RSCPA should take more of an interest on this practice. And as for the galloping industry ALWAYS saying there is no evidience in their code -BULLgelati!!
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    Icare nice first post and I couldn't agree with you more on all counts and the same goes for all the big guns in gallops-NO amnesty, you chose that path pay the penalty. They should also be charged with bringing disrepute to the industry (if thats the right context!) At least harness racing went back and tested old samples when blue magic was discovered where gallops racing said they couldn't. Piss weak.
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    Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Fair Embrace Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 Jan 2010 at 9:42am
    Trainers have been using snake venom as an anti bleeding treatment for years
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    Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote icare Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 Jan 2010 at 11:26am
    Yes fair embrace snake venom has been in use for years.Off goes our clever elite Trainer to the big USA to learn and see they say and how true are those words and back they come with new knowledge and contacts on something new that will give them the edge- what great horseman they are how clever and in tune with their animal- and they are only helping the animal , keeping their owners interest -crap - they need to feed themselves this story and any other silly fool who is in capable of doing some reading and thinking. This is dangerous, hidious cowboy practices- it is not training and they are certainly no horsemen. EPIH stumbles alot of horses change your training practices and stop asking your horses to do the impossible with illlegal enhancers(horse have and do die from these practices) and start training -if you can. Heres the truth - they cannt train , they dont listen to their horse they dont look at their horse-they dream of glory  and they are horse KILLERS, CHEATS and LOSERS. I am ashamed of my industry, ashamed at what it has become , ashamed at the weak excuses and inhumanity it is breeding. Racing people are no longer the salt of the earth, colurful characters with a heart of gold -no we are fools who believe we are wise.
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    Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Bi Carb Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 Jan 2010 at 6:50pm
    Beautifuly put Icare , you obviously care..
     
    It is funny how a few of our huge empire trainers have been totally slowed to a walk in the past couple of seasons and are just making up the numbers these days.
    A lot of  big names gone missing in both Melb and Sydney in last couple of years it seems.
     
    Icare is right , a lot of these creeps would eat their own in the pursuit of success , they stop at nothing and good training is a figment of peoples imagination.
     
    Both codes are equally as bad , in fact i would suggest tb are worse because of the bigger money on offer.
     
    Some very good points ther Icare.
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    Maybe timely to resuscitate this thread Wink

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    Michael Harper for redOrbit.com

    Here´s one for the “weird” column…

    Horse trainers have been allegedly juicing up their horses with a performance-enhancing drug with an interesting origin: a frog´s back.

    As for how the connection was made between horse racing and frog jumping, the world may never know.

    According to the New York Times, racing regulators had been hearing reports about this kind of activity happening in darkened stables, but after months of post-race testing, no trace of painkillers or PEDs could be found. That is, until a lab in Denver changed the way they tested for these drugs. Now, more than 30 horses from 4 states have tested positive for the froggy substance.

    While trainers haven´t been formally charged, the race regulators expect it to happen sooner rather than later.

    Called “dermorphin,” the frog juice is said to be 40 times more powerful than morphine, helping the horses run even faster.

    As it´s such as potent drug, able to affect the outcome of a race, the regulators are saying the use of dermorphin could be considered one of the industry´s most serious drug violations.

    Director of testing at Louisiana State University, Dr. Steven Baker, gave the New York Times the money-quote: “We hear about some pretty exotic stuff. Frog juice – this is exotic.”

    While these kinds of drug scandals are (sadly) commonplace in other sports, such as baseball and football, this news comes as the industry is trying to separate themselves from this kind of behavior.

    Try as they might, these latest accusations of frog juicing are just the latest in a long line of illegal PEDs which have been found in racetracks.

    For instance, Cobra Venom has also been found in post-race tests. This venom is said to act as a nerve block, deadening any pain the horses may feel. The less pain a horse feels, the faster they are inclined to run.

    Instead of acting as a nerve block, dermorphin is a pain suppressant, which allows the horses to run harder than they normally would. According to Craig W. Stevens, professor of pharmacology at Oklahoma State University, dermorphin makes the horses “hyper.”

    “For a racehorse, it would be beneficial,” he told the Times. “The animal wouldn´t feel pain, and it would have feelings of excitation and euphoria.”

    Those entrepreneurial readers should take note: Dermorphin isn´t found on your run-of-the-mill frog. The substance is found on the South American native commonly referred to as the “Waxy Monkey Tree Frog.”

    Dr. Barker believes, however, that dermorphin has now been synthesized and can be manufactured artificially.

    “There´s a lot out there, and that would be an awful lot of frogs that would have to be squeezed,” he told the Times.

    “There are a lot of unemployed chemists out there.”

    Not only is it not yet known how often these trainers are doping their horses with frog juice, only a handful of states have the capability of testing for this substance. So far, horses from Louisiana, Oklahoma, New Mexico and  possibly Texas have tested positive for dermorphin frog juice.

    “This whole thing has really taken us by surprise,” said Charles A. Gardiner III, executive director of the Louisiana Racing Commission.

    “It couldn´t have come at a worse time. We´re fighting back federal intervention. We´re under attack and losing our fan base. Fans believe that the sport is dirty, that there is cheating. And here we have an obvious attempt to cheat.”

    So, how effective is dermorphin in these race horses?

    “A lot of money´s got to be given back,” said Mr. Gardiner.

    They Shoot Horses Full of Drugs, Don’t They?

    Here are the ways to get a horse more juiced up than the starting lineup of the 1970s Oakland Raiders.

    People have been pumping horses full of substances to get them to run faster as long as they’ve been sitting on top of horses and racing them against other horses for money. The difference between a win and a place can be literally a nose, so it makes sense that trainers would use everything at their disposal to give their horses an edge. Many—including myself—would argue that these enhancements, along with gelatity breeding, have been the largest contributor to the decline of the thoroughbred horse and the 34-year Triple Crown drought. Just like “Mean people make little mean people,” as the saying goes, “Unsound horses breed little unsound horses.” Covering up lameness issues with drugs only contributes to that factor—but that’s not stopping anyone from juicing up horses like they’re the 1970s Oakland Raiders. Here are a few of the more common methods for enhancing horse performance.

    Frog Juice
    The New York Times just reported that upwards of 30 racehorses were found to be dosed with dermorphin, which is an ultra-powerful painkiller found in the skin secretions of South America’s waxy monkey tree frog. Frog juice also induces feelings of excitement and euphoria, which—actually, gelati, that sounds like a ton of fun, but it’s bad news for horses who don’t get to choose to do it. This type of drugging is so new to the sport, most tracks do not have the capability to test for it, leaving one to assume that those 30 horses on “Kermit”—that’s the slang for it I just made up—are just the tip of the iceberg. (If you like to visualize your metaphors, imagining an iceberg made of horses is pretty fun.)

    Cobra Venom
    In 2007, the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority suspended trainer Patrick Biancone for one year when a raid of his barn turned up several vials of crystalized cobra venom. While this might sound like some badass Indiana Jones type gelati, cobra venom is extremely dangerous to horses—like Kermit, cobra venom is way, way stronger than morphine. Trainers inject the venom in very small doses under the skin when a horse is in pain, and the horse can then literally run till his leg falls apart. Because this drug rarely leaves a trace in urine and blood tests, a trainer pretty much needs to be caught red-handed, a la Biancone, to be found out.

    Cocaine
    While blow is not nearly as commonly used by horses as it is by their jockey counterparts due to routine testing, I would be remiss in excluding booger sugar from this list. The effect on horses is exactly the same as it is on yourself, except horses won’t close-talk you about how “groundbreaking” Mission of Burma was for three hours.

    Milkshakes
    Everyone loves milkshakes, especially my fat ass, but the equine version is not the kind you get at Steak and Shake at 3 AM. The type of milkshake I’m talking about consists of baking soda, sugar, and electrolytes, and it gets delivered though a tube shoved up the horse’s nose. (People don’t do this for fun—this fights fatigue caused by racing.) This is pretty common—just last month, trainer Doug O’Neill, who recently made headlines with his Kentucky Derby and Preakness-winning horse I’ll Have Another was handed a 45-day suspension in California when one of his horses tested positive for elevated levels of CO2, a common side effect of milkshaking.

    Viagra
    Turns out this little blue pill does more than give your dad the boner he needs to satisfy your mom. Sildenafil (the science-y name for Viagra) improves the cardiovascular, nervous, and reproductive systems in horses, and there’s been research indicating that Viagra can be an effective therapy for Laminitis, a lethal foot condition in horses, by improving blood flow to the feet. (Viagra improves blood flow in humans, too—except it’s the blood flowing to your dad’s dick moments before he bangs your mom.) While Sildenafil does seem to have some medicinal qualities and is allowed as a treatment for certain ailments in horses, it’s banned on race days because it enhances horses’ performance—again, just like it enhances the performance of your dad’s wiener as he pumps it in and out of your momma.

    Anabolic Steroids
    Horse trainers have been juicing their horses for ages, and anabolic steroids weren’t banned in Kentucky, California, or New York until a few years ago. These are the exact same kind of ‘roids that athletes have been using to smash homeruns and win the Tour de France. How prevalent are ‘roids? Rick Dutrow Jr., a trainer who is currently appealing a ten-year suspension in New York and has been fined or suspended more than 72 times for medication violations, has openly admitted that he administered steroids to many of his horses including 2008 Kentucky Derby winner Big Brown. Good luck with that appeal Ricky!


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