Cheaters: Lock them up
John Bassett, a top Quarter Horse trainer, has been suspended 10 years and fined $10,000, by New Mexico stewards after two horses in his care tested positive for the drug dermorphin, or "frog juice." The drug is said to be 40 times more potent than morphine and a powerful performance-enhancer.
This is just the latest chapter in racing's on-going nightmare with illegal drugs, something plaguing not just Quarter Horse racing but all breeds of racing.
That speaks of a broken system, where cheating is rampant, drug testing is inadequate and penalties are usually laughably inadequate.
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