At the time
a horse is enrolled into the Desert Showdown Program, the OWNER of the horse
shall sign an authorization form giving the management of the program the
permission to drug test that horse at any time they choose once the "Training
Period" begins. It shall be understood by the horse owner that if any chemical
or other analysis of blood, urine, saliva or any other test, proves positive,
showing the presence of any "Prohibited Substance" the horse shall be
disqualified from the Desert Showdown Program and it will have lost it's
enrollment status and all fees paid. There will be NO REFUND of any fees
Substances" shall be include all anabolic steroids, narcotics, stimulants,
anesthetics, elephant juice (etorphine), analgesics, erythropoietin (EPO), beta
blockers, bicarb, Nitrotain (ethylestrenol), vasodilators, DMSO and all
substances listed on the Arizona list of "Medications and Prohibited Substances"
A breakdown of these categories is available.
Here are a just a few common names of prohibited
Clenbuterol, Paylean, Caffeine, all of the Steroids and mixtures
such as Mexican Red Bull, the red juice, the pink stuff, the orange stuff, the
yellow juice, Nitrotain, Dexamethazone, Lasix, Bute, Banamine, DMSO, all nerve
"Prohibited Substances" are not limited to the drugs
"exceptions" will be reviewed by our Board on a case by case basis and all Board
recommendations will by reviewed by the Desert Showdown Management. All
decisions of the Management are final.
During the Training Period
"some" therapeutic medications shall be allowed for therapeutic purposes upon
the order of a licensed veterinarian subject to PRIOR written approval by Desert
Showdown. We will provide some standard permissions for you to keep in a file
with your horse. For example: this means a little Bute, lasix for workouts and
similar may be allowable for training as long as it is
prescribed/administered (if it is injectable) by a veterinarian. In most
situations of true medical emergencies (ie: colic or a laceration) that may
require one or more of the prohibited medications to be administered,
administration under those circumstances would not count as a "violation" of our
drug rules against the horse as long as the medication is given by a licensed
veterinarian and you notify the Desert Showdown Management within 24 hours
afterwards of the medical emergency situation. If you fail to notify the
management of the use of the prohibited medications for an emergency and your
horse gets drawn for a drug test, this IS a violation of our rules and your
horse may be disqualified if the test comes back positive.
circumstances can your horse have amounts of any prohibited substance in it's
blood, serum or urine that exceed the State's permissible amounts on any day
that it races at any AQHA Quarter Horse
Period" officially begins at 12:01am on August 1, 2013 for the 2015 Desert
Showdown and shall continue up until the start of the
How and How
Testing will be
confidential and random.
Our testing shall remain confidential between
the owner of the horse, his/her agent, our company and those we hire to
represent us. We will not report to anyone that we "did" test your horse; nor
will we report any results.
We will rely on the testing results of other racing
jurisdictions, but we will not share our testing information on your
Our testing will be completely random. Your horse's name will
be placed on a poker chip (or something similar) and a person will choose a name
from the hat. If your horse's name is selected, it's name will be replaced in
the "hat" and can be drawn again and again. So one horse is not "off the hook"
just because it has already been tested.
Horse owner must cooperate with the management of Desert Showdown regarding drug testing. Failure to make the horse available for testing or refusing to allow a drug test will result in disqualification. All drug testing will be performed in the United States. Horses in training
elsewhere must be made available for testing in the United States within 72
hours if that horse is drawn for a test.
We will test "some" horses
during the training period. We will test the top 10 horses that place in the
1st Division. We will test 5 out of 10 horses that place in each of Divisions 2,
3 and 4.
care "Who done it", or "How it happened."
We don't care if the owner,
the trainer, the vet, the disgruntled ex-employee (ex-boyfriend/girlfriend), the
jealous competitor or the Martians at midnight did it or if it was by
carelessness, accident or mistake, knowingly or unknowingly. We are not
affixing blame to any person. If the prohibited substance is found in a horse
at any time during the training period, during a qualification race or during
the main Desert Showdown Event, that horse is disqualified and all money paid
for its enrollment and entry is forfeited. Additionally, if anyone (any racing
commission or jurisdiction) catches the horse with a with a positive test for
any banned/prohibited substance, that horse is disqualified from our race
program. In other words, if we don't catch it but someone else does, your horse
is out of our program too. The forfeited money will not be part of the purse as
the horse will not be competing. It will be allocated to drug testing expenses
so that we can test more horses or reduce the testing fee to all the
participants who are required to pay the fee.
If your horse is tested, what you can
Once the test results are back from the lab, you
will be sent a letter with the results.
If the test is negative, you have
nothing to worry about, however, your horse may be randomly drawn again for
another test in the future.
If the test is positive, the penalty
is that your horse will be excluded from the program. It works like this: You
will have a choice to
1. Withdraw the horse without a refund, or
horse is disqualified from the program. You can provide documentation and
veterinary certification about the reason for the presence of the prohibited
substance and the medical necessity for it and you will have to do this as an
Appeal according to the following:
You will have a chance to appeal to
Desert Showdown Drug Testing Review & Appeal Board. You must send in your
Appeal within 10 days of your receipt of the letter from us or 10 days from it's
return to us if it was not claimed when mailed to the address you gave to us
when your horse was tested. Failure to appeal on time results in the
disqualification of the horse to stand. If you appeal, you will be allowed to
explain if there is a valid reason why the prohibited substance was present. For
the purposes of this program, you can not challenge whether or not a prohibited
substance was or wasn't present. If the lab finds it, it was there. You are
agreeing to accept this when you sign up.
If it's determined by the
Board that there is sufficient reason for the presence of the substance, then
reinstatement would be immediate. If the Board can not find sufficient reason
for the presence of the substance and/or the rules were not followed, then the
horse remains excluded from the program. Decisions and recommendations of the
Review & Appeal Board are turned over to the Management and All Management
decisions are Final.
Since all Division breakdowns are based off the
fastest horse's time, the fastest time will stand even if it is found after the
race that the 1st place horse in the 1st Division has a bad drug test and is
disqualified. That disqualification will not affect the starting times for the
2nd, 3rd and 4th Divisions that were previously set. If there is a
disqualification of a placing horse then the purse money will be recalculated
and redistributed but the starting time-to-be-close-to times for the 2nd, 3rd
and 4th Divisions will not change. Prize money will not be released to
connections of the "involved" horses until the time for appeal has lapsed in
the case of a positive drug test. The connections of the uninvolved horses that
can be paid, will be paid as soon as possible.