The Red Mile's presiding judge Rich Williams told harnessracing.com Thursday afternoon that trainer Joe Carroll has been suspended four years by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission for a pair of methamphetamine positives last August at The Red Mile.
According to Williams, the positives occurred on the 2-year-old gelding pacer Jude Hall following a win in a $15,000 Kentucky Sires Stakes leg Aug. 19 and on the 2-year-old filly trotter Dana Boko following a second-place finish in a $15,000 Kentucky Sires Stakes leg on Aug. 30.
Original reports indicted Kentucky Equine Medical Director Dr. Mary Scollay said the test results did not reveal if the horses were administered the meth or picked it up secondarily. It was also noted when the story first came to light last month that one of Carroll's employee's had either undergone or was undergoing treatment for drug abuse.
Carroll, who is from Southern Pines, N.C., received a one-year suspension for the first meth positive and a three-year suspension for the second. Williams said Carroll has appealed the rulings.