More: https://www.paulickreport.com/news/nl-a ... ew-jersey/An administrative law judge has recommended to the New Jersey Racing Commission that it reverse a $1,500 fine against Joe Sharp and a $60,000 purse forfeiture from a horse he trains that tested positive for methamphetamine at Monmouth Park in 2017.
In making her ruling, Administrative Law Judge Susan M. Scarola said post-race samples from Phat Man, winner of the Long Branch Stakes on July 8, 2017, may have been contaminated at Truesdail Laboratory in California, where the original testing was conducted and the split samples – eventually sent to the Maddy Laboratory at the University of California-Davis for confirmatory testing – were stored.
Phat Man shipped in to Monmouth Park from out of state the day of the Long Branch and was bedded down in a stall in trainer David Cannizzo's barn.
On July 27, stewards were notified that Phat Man tested positive for methamphetamine. Cannizzo's employees underwent drug testing and two licensed individuals who worked in the barn tested positive for methamphetamine. They were not named in the ALJ decision, but were referred to the commission.
The split sample sent from Truesdail to UC Davis confirmed the presence of methamphetamine at 30 picograms per milliliter of blood and 1.2 nanograms per milliliter of urine.
Lab Contamination? Administrative Law Judge Recommends Meth Positive Be Thrown Out In New Jersey