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Greyhound Tested Positive For Cocaine

  1. buseman
    A greyhound that raced frequently at the Palm Beach Kennel Club over the last two years tested positive for cocaine at least once while racing in South Florida.

    The dog, a 70-pound black male named Tempo Super Stud, raced in 12 races in Palm Beach between August 2008 and September 2009, winning two, according to greyhound-data.com. The positive drug test occurred in November of 2008.

    A urine sample from the dog, tested at the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Florida, showed Benzoylecgonine and Ecgonine Methyl Ester, both metabolites of cocaine, in the dog's blood stream.

    Though the incident happened nearly a year and a half ago, the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation's case against the dog's trainer, Marvin Caballero, remained open until earlier this year. Caballero was fined $1,000 and suspended for ten days, August 11 through August 22, 2009.

    Tempo Super Stud raced three times during those two weeks, and continued to race in Palm Beach until September. The dog also raced at the Ebro Racetrack, by Panama City, as recently as last month.

    Caballero had another dog test positive for a different drug in June 2009.

    Obviously we don't know if this was an attempt to fix the outcome of a race or some kind of transference from a human said Carey M. Theil, executive director of GREY2K USA, the national anti-dog racing group, but I don't know which scenario is more troubling: that trainers are using cocaine to fix races or that trainers are using cocaine when they handle the dogs.

    Theil added: I think this begs the question, are there other irregularities at Florida tracks?

    Reached by phone this afternoon, Theresa Hume, the PBKC publicity director, said she wasn't aware of the incident or any others like it.

    A DBPR representative said that the division has opened 170 drug positive cases this fiscal year, though this is the only one in Palm Beach.



  1. Terrapinzflyer
    Dogs At Daytona Beach Kennel Club Test Positive For Cocaine

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- The state said dogs belonging to two well know trainers and independent contractors at the Daytona Beach Kennel Club tested positive for cocaine.

    The state said it tests 20 to 25 dogs at the kennel club every night.

    Greyhounds are part of a heavily criticized multibillion dollar industry. Now there is more attention after the state suspended the licenses of two trainers accused of giving 7 racing dogs cocaine.

    Some dog racing fans were not surprised by the news. “It’s kind of disappointing that they do it, but it seems that is the nature of the dog racing,” said James Howell.

    Department of Business and Professional Regulation documents said the trainers are Richard Alves and his son Casey Alves. The two train more than 115 dogs.

    A family member told WFTV by phone the father and son team are against animal abuse.

    Officials said it is possible for a drug to get into an animal’s system if that drug was on someone’s hands.

    Dogs at Daytona Beach Kennel Club have several different handlers besides their trainers. WFTV asked state investigators how they can be sure the Alves are responsible for doping the dogs. A spokeswoman responded that the evidence will come out in court.

    The kennel club’s general manager said there is a zero tolerance for drugs and now the business will randomly test employees.

    “We have the best interest of the greyhounds in the industry at large,” said General Manager Dan Francati. “It’s always saddening when we hear something like this.”

    Richard Alves has more than 40 years experience training dogs. He and his son will have an administrative hearing to present their side.

    January 14, 2011
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