It turns out that performance-enhancing drugs are not only a major problem for humans, but they’re also an issue for racehorses as well. Five of them were disqualified from races at Lone Star Park outside Dallas because they tested positive for… get ready for it… meth.
According to Texas Racing Commission records, the horses tested positive for methamphetamine during a race meet held from April 7 to July 17. Also during that time, seven human drug violations were found and the grooms, or horse handlers, may have lead to the contamination of the horses.
The five affected horses were Cape Caduceus, Majestic Holiday, It’s About the Cat, Cheval De Montagne and Gospel Teresa, and their purses from the races in question were repossessed and re-distributed to other participants in the affected races. A commission official says that the trace amount of meth in the horses system may have affected their performances, but it is impossible to know for sure.
“The low level of methamphetamine in the sample, and its absence in serum, as well as other facts presented in the case file indicate that this positive test is a case of human contamination instead of intentional administration,” the rulings all read. Urine samples after the races showed levels of meth around 0.5 nanograms per milliliter, and a nanogram is one-billionth of a gram. This shows contamination, rather than intentional use, according to the reports.
Okay, so it’s not really a performance enhancer for the horses as much as the groomsmen trying to get the horses ready for their races. But meth? Man, Walter White missed the boat.