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SBD Global/April 26, 2013/Leagues and Governing Bodies
Doping Trainer Al Zarooni Gets Eight-Year Ban By British Horseracing Authority
Published April 26, 2013
HORSES SUSPENDED: In London, Mike Brewer wrote the 15 horses at the center of the doping case "have been banned from racing for six months." The suspension of the 15 horses "reflects the period beyond which the BHA is confident that the horses in question can have derived no performance-related benefit from the prohibited substances." The bans "will effectively rule the 15 horses out for the campaign with just four-and-a-half weeks left of the turf season when the ban ends" (LONDON TIMES, 4/25).
'TERRIBLE DAY': REUTERS' Justin Palmer reported Crisford described it as "a terrible day for British racing." He said, "This is a terrible situation. It's an awful situation that Godolphin has found themselves in. Mr. Al Zarooni acted with awful recklessness and caused tremendous damage, not only to Godolphin and British racing." BHA CEO Paul Bittar said, "We believe that the eight-year disqualification issued to Mahmood Al Zarooni by the disciplinary panel, together with the six month racing restriction placed on the horses in question by the BHA, will serve to reassure the public, and the sport's participants, that use of performance-enhancing substances in British Racing will not be tolerated and that the sport has in place a robust and effective anti-doping and medication control program" (REUTERS, 4/25).