Ruidoso announces drug crackdown

The majority owner of Ruidoso Downs Race Track in southern New Mexico says he will be cracking down next season on trainers whose horses test positive for certain drugs.

R.D. Hubbard announced the new guidelines for the 2013 season on Labor Day, as the track was hosting the world’s richest quarter horse race, the All American Futurity.

Hubbard says ”the sign is out that drug offenders are not welcome.”

Hubbard says he plans to work with other tracks in New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana to implement similar guidelines.

Under the rules, any positive test for a Class 1 or Class 2 drug would result in a trainer having his or her stalls revoked. They would also be banned from the grounds and their ability to enter horses would be suspended.

California-based One Dashing Eagle won the $2.4 million Futurity. He ran 440 yards in 21.23 seconds.

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