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Snyder, McNair granted ORC appeals

January 05, 2011

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The Ontario Racing Commission (ORC) has granted an appeal by owner Jeffrey Snyder regarding a positive test for DPO in 2007 on his then 3-year-old filly pacer Michelle’s Power which called for the return of an estimated $250,000 to $300,000 in purse earnings.

Michelle’s Power was originally blood tested under the ORC’s out-of-competition testing program in August 2007, but the initial test did not result in a confirmed test for EPO or DPO. The sample was retested in April 2008 with a new testing innovation, which came back positive for DPO.

Trainer Bill Elliott was subsequently suspended 10 years and fined $40,000. Michelle’s Power was also suspended for a period of 90 days, but upon her return to the racetrack it was deemed by the ORC that the suspension period should have been for a different time period.

To read the entire ORC ruling regarding Snyder’s appeal, please click here.

Also, driver Doug McNair’s appeal regarding a five-day suspension for “failing to keep a line in each hand for the entire race while driving Aracache Hanover “(in the Confederation Cup) at Flamboro Downs in August, was allowed.

McNair celebrated his victory behind Aracache Hanover by raising his hand in celebration as the horse neared the finish line. Although the ORC noted the Flamboro judges were correct in noting the violation, the appeal was granted because “when a driver is clearly celebrating a victory that it was not his intent to violate the rule.” Noted ORC executive director John Blakney.

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