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Started 11/24/12 by Derby132; 397476 views.
Amy (1pony)
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From: Amy (1pony)

9/12/19

Joe Drape tends to embellish the facts and this is one case where he has done so. CHRB didn’t pursue it further because it was not a positive test result to go after Baffert.

this is from the article you posted.

While labeling the positive test "alleged," Robertson did delve into Drape's reporting that 300 nanograms per milliliter of Scopolamine were found in Justify's blood. Anything above 75 nanograms per milliliter is typically considered a positive for substances.

"What you fail to inform the reader is that one nanogram is a billionth of a gram," Robertson wrote. "This is one of the problems with modern day testing. It has become so sensitive that we can now detect trace amounts of substances that are consistent with environmental contamination -- not intentional administration -- and clearly have no pharmacological effect on a thousand-pound animal."

Amy (1pony)
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From: Amy (1pony)

9/12/19

Ger this is not a story or an issue. Drape is not writing the whole story and he just did it to bolster his following and inflame A/R groups! 

Amy (1pony)
Staff

From: Amy (1pony)

9/12/19

There is no coverup! This was definitely a food contamination issue.

gerchgo

From: gerchgo

9/12/19

But if it was food, wouldn’t there have been more horses in the barn who tested positive as well?

Amy (1pony)
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From: Amy (1pony)

9/12/19

Scopolamine acts as a depressant which would be counter active to a horse in training. 

Amy (1pony)
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From: Amy (1pony)

9/12/19

He was tested after the Derby, Preakness and Belmont and came back clean in all 3.

Amy (1pony)
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From: Amy (1pony)

9/12/19

It could also be in the straw bedding 

Amy (1pony)
Staff

From: Amy (1pony)

9/12/19

How many of his horses ran and where tested in that time frame? It’s not like they go through the barn and test on a weekly basis.

gerchgo

From: gerchgo

9/12/19

That I don’t know. No one has denied he tested positive, the issue I have is if the board did drop the case( because of connections), where normally a trainer would be suspended and fined. I also am not saying Baffert gave it to him, if the amount is correct, that sounds like a deliberate act.

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