5-year-old Truckin Tommy, says HISA, tested positive for tapentadol after an Aug 8 race at Presque Isle. Tapentadol, in case you’re wondering, is an opioid painkiller. Trainer Michael Pappada has been provisionally suspended while awaiting final adjudication. Truckin, it should be noted, finished 24 lengths back in that race and was “vanned off.” Still, Presque being a racino, Pappada and owner Karen Skinner walked away with $200.
Eight days later at Penn National, 6-year-old Princess Javoncia tested positive for cocaine. That, apparently, had the desired effect, as Princess “won” the race (and almost $22K). Trainer McLane Hendriks has also been provisionally suspended.
In West Virginia, the stewards at Mountaineer say jockey Jose Leon “was caught striking a horse across the face” during morning training Sep 10. What did they think was an appropriate penalty for, again, “striking a horse across the face”? $100 fine, no suspension. Leon, by the way, has multiple whip violations – as in he uses it too much – in WV this year. Yes, “nothing is more important than the welfare of our equine athletes.”