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AQHA Suspends Three Trainers

Three trainers suspended for medication violations.

Q-Racing Journal
January 11, 2013

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The American Quarter Horse Association has taken action regarding three trainers as a result of the decisions of the Louisiana Racing Commission and the Remington Park Board of Stewards based on horses testing positive for Class 1 and Class 2 drugs.

The three trainers include Joseph R. Hebert, Alejandro J. Sanchez-Munoz and Roberto Sanchez-Munoz.

Effective immediately, AQHA has suspended the AQHA memberships issued to the above trainers pending final outcome of their cases with the Louisiana or Oklahoma Racing Commissions. Furthermore, horses that start a race on or after January 20, 2013 in which the above trainers are listed as an owner or trainer shall be ineligible to receive AQHA racing points or AQHA honors/awards including AQHA year-end Champion or AQHA Regional High Point recognition.  Also, horses in which the above trainers are listed as an owner or trainer shall be ineligible to enter any AQHA Challenge regional, bonus or maiden races.

These trainers join 11 other trainers suspended in October 2012 for reasons related to medication violations.

AQHA’s action stems from the penalties issued by the Louisiana Racing Commission on Joseph R. Hebert which included a 3 year suspension, beginning December 2, 2012, for Class 2 medication violations. The suspension issued by the Louisiana Racing Commission included a denial of access to all racetracks, off track wagering facilities and recognized training tracks under the jurisdiction of the Louisiana Racing Commission.

Oklahoma Racing Commission penalties were served on Alejandro J. Sanchez-Munoz and Roberto Sanchez-Munoz. The Remington Park Board of Stewards issued 20 orders related to Alejandro J. Sanchez-Munoz’s and Roberto Sanchez-Munoz’s cases (10 for Alejandro and 10 for Roberto).  Such cases involved 10 dermorphin (Class 1) medication positives.  The orders referred the cases to the Oklahoma Racing Commission and contained recommendations for a suspension greater than 1 year and a fine greater than $2,500 in each of the 20 cases.

These trainers have certain appeal rights governed by the respective racing jurisdictions. AQHA will continue to monitor the cases and has taken its action pending the final outcome of the cases.