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Allard to appeal Class 1 drug positive sanctions

April 23, 2018
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On March 18, 2017, trainer Rene Allard's horse One Too Many tested positive for the Class 1 drugs codeine and morphine after a race at Woodbine Racetrack, and now one year later the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) has issued a $5,000 fine, one-year suspension and two-year probation period to Allard.

Allard's lawyer, Jennifer Friedman, quickly issued a statement that says she has requested an immediate stay to appeal the sanctions.

In a statement posted on Facebook, Friedman wrote: "A residue sample was performed by a CPMA approved laboratory. The residue test yielded no presence of codeine and 19.9 ng/ml of morphine. A hair test was performed and yielded neither morphine nor codeine. This supports the high probability of environmental contamination or error on the part of the original laboratory.
 
"Accordingly, we will see to be before the Horse racing Appeal Panel in order to contest this unfair and premature disposition. We are confident in a favorable outcome."
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