- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 22, 2015

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) - Investigators believe a performance-enhancing drug was ingested by at least a dozen greyhounds that compete at a racing track in Dubuque.

Random and routine pre-race sampling show that twelve dogs at Iowa Greyhound Park tested positive for ractopamine, according to Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission Administrator Brian Ohorilko. And testing completed on the dry food given to the greyhounds has led investigators to believe that’s how the drug was introduced to the dogs, he said.

Nine of the greyhounds are from Stidham Racing LLC kennel, which is owned Jon Stidham, a member of the Iowa Greyhound Association Board of Directors. The other three are from Robert Hardison Kennel, which is owned by Bob Hardison, who’s also a board member and serves as president of the Iowa Greyhound Association.

The Telegraph Herald (https://bit.ly/1LLix85 ) reports that both kennels are no longer allowed to enter dogs in races at Iowa Greyhound Park. In addition, two trainers have been suspended.

The trainers, who submitted food samples for testing at Iowa State University labs, contend that tainted food was to blame for the introduction of ractopamine. Although the tests showed signs of the drug, Ohorilko said more information is needed.

“We are working with the Iowa State diagnostic lab to figure out ‘What does this mean?’ and see how these levels might metabolize in a greyhound,” he said.

Officials with the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission are awaiting the results of follow-up blood tests from other greyhounds at both kennels.

Neither kennel returned calls seeking comment from the newspaper.


Information from: Telegraph Herald, https://www.thonline.com

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