Re: Justify it ain't so! - "Intentional intervention" (470 Views)
Posted by: JohnTChance
Date: September 12, 2019 09:36AM
"Dr. Rick Sams, who ran the drug lab for the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission from 2011 to 2018, said scopolamine can act as a bronchodilator to clear a horse’s airway and optimize a horse’s heart rate, making the horse more efficient. He said the amount of scopolamine found in Justify — 300 nanograms per milliliter — was excessive, and suggested the drug was intended to enhance performance.
“I think it has to come from intentional intervention,” he said."
Will we ever hear a peep about this from Vin Baker, Baffert's private vet? Limiting (or downright eliminating) private vets is key to cleaning up racing. You'd think someone would go right to the source here and ask him about it. Is that too much to ask? NY Times writer Joe Drape, who broke this story, wrote a book American Pharaoh - The Inside Story, without any mention of Baker. Hahaha! Inside Story! Right.
Bo Derek resigned from the California Racing Board in 2015, so this wasn't on her clock.