When punishment don't fit the crime
According to reports in the Daily Racing Form, two Quarter Horses trained by Alvin Smith tested positive for Aramine in 1999. Aramine, a powerful stimulant, is considered a Class 1 drug, meaning its usage is among the most serious offenses a trainer can commit.
There are hundreds of other Alvin Smiths out there, trainers who cheated, caused irreparable harm to horse racing and were slapped lightly on their wrists.
The appropriate penalty would be a lifetime ban and a hefty fine.
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