Officials find no traces of painkillers in Derby horses

Officials find no traces of painkillers in Derby horses

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LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 05: The field comes down the final stretch during the 138th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 5, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

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by WHAS11

WHAS11.com

Posted on July 11, 2012 at 3:33 PM

(WHAS11) -- Kentucky horse racing regulators say no traces of a powerful painkiller were found in samples taken from horses running in this year's Kentucky Derby.

The Derby horses were tested for dermorphin, a substance more powerful than morphine.

An outbreak of positive tests for the painkiller at Louisiana tracks has resulted in suspensions for trainers.

The announcement follows a story done by the New York Times that says Derby and Preakness winner I'll Have Another was treated with painkillers before the Belmont. The colt was retired the day before the race due to an injury.
 

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