Report Questions ‘Zero Tolerance’ Enforcement On Drugs, Equine Safety At Arapahoe Park

An investigative report published this week by FOX31 in Aurora, Colo., questions whether rules enforcement at Arapahoe Park is as strong as officials would like to believe.

The television news station, which reported on illegal match racing in the state earlier this year, found 44 drug violations at the track over a three-year period, as well as cases of unlabeled bottles in trainers’ barns and incidents in which horses’ tattoo numbers did not match those on identification paperwork. In the course of three years, the report states 39 horses died or were euthanized at the track, 26 of which as on-track fatalities.

This year’s racing calendar had Arapahoe running 39 cards at its Mile High Racing and Entertainment meeting.

Arapahoe Park Executive Director Bruce Seymore told the station the track has invested more money on track surface and safety railings, as well as an independent veterinarian to conduct pre-race examinations.

Shannon Rushton, Executive Director of the Colorado Horse Racing Association, stood by the state’s drug testing program.

“We go over and above when it comes to testing in this state. We have zero tolerance,” Rushton told Fox31. “We test down to picograms. I don’t even know what a picogram is, but we test down to that.”

Read more at Fox31.

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