‘Mitigating Circumstances’: Miller Fined $1500 For Methamphetamine Positive In Pennsylvania

Trainer Peter Miller has officially been fined $1500 by the Pennsylvania Racing Commission, resulting from a positive test for methamphetamine in his trainee Richard’s Boy. Richard’s Boy ran in the $200,000 Pennsylvania Governor’s Cup on June 3 at Penn National, finishing second by a head to Bold Thunder. Bold Thunder was disqualified to second for interference, so Richard’s Boy was named the official winner.

Several weeks after the race, Miller was notified that Richard’s Boy had tested positive for methamphetamine. He sent out a split sample to be tested, and it also returned a positive for methamphetamine. On Sept. 22, Richard’s Boy was officially disqualified from purse money, moving all the runners up one position in the race.

In a ruling dated Oct. 26, the commission opted not to suspend Miller, but to fine him $1500 for the positive test due to “mitigating circumstances.” Appearing at his hearing via telephone, Miller reported that the two employees he sent with Richard’s Boy to Pennsylvania were both tested for methamphetamine, and that one returned a positive test and was summarily fired.

The Governor’s Cup case is Miller’s first instance of a medication positive.

Earlier this month, both Joe Sharp and Jorge Navarro were issued fines in New Jersey for methamphetamine and cocaine positives, respectively, due to similar mitigating circumstances. Neither was suspended.

“It was a trace amount and couldn’t have affected the horse’s performance,” Miller told the Daily Racing Form. “I’m just glad the Penn National stewards used common sense in their decision and acted accordingly. I feel exonerated.”

Find the Oct. 26 ruling here.

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