Suspensions don't work
On any day at any racetrack there is a trainer or two or more that has been suspended for drug violations. Suspended? Yes. But penalized? Not necessarily.The Paulick Report recently ran a story about suspended Charles Town trainer Scooter Davis, who put his horses in the name of Douglas Shanyfelt when his suspension began. Apparently suspicious that Davis hadn't gone away, track management videotaped Davis allegedly bringing horses by van to a private barn near the track, the same horses that then ran under the name of Shanyfelt. Shanyfelt has been suspended for one year and Charles Town stewards upheld an earlier decision to ban Davis.
The problem is that suspensions are toothless penalties that aren't enough of a deterrent for those who are willing to cheat to win.