2-year-old (remember that age) Snow Cloud Cartel finished 1st in a “Futurity Trial” at Will Rogers Sep 12. Two weeks later in the “Futurity” itself – a $180K Grade 2 race – he finished 4th, garnering almost $15K for his people. Turns out, however, that his people were cheating. In that trial race, says the Oklahoma Commission, Snow Cloud tested positive for Boldenone. As with many of these drugs, I had to look it up: “Boldenone is an anabolic androgenic steroid and synthetic derivative of testosterone.” (USADA)
When notified, says the Commission, trainer Waylan Melton “waived the opportunity to send a split…and waived his right to a hearing.” In other words, he knew he’d been caught and accepted whatever punishment was coming his way. So, what was that punishment for injecting a 2-year-old horse with an anabolic steroid? A paltry $1,500 fine, and even more telling – no suspension.
This is horseracing.