Veteran trainer Rusty Arnold will be suspended for 90 days by Kentucky stewards for two positive tests for ractopamine, according to Paulick Report . Both date back to September 2016 at Kentucky Downs. Ractopamine, a Class 2 drug with a Class A penalty, is a food additive.
Trainer Joe Sharp is also facing a 30-day suspension for a positive test for ractopamine. All three positives occurred within five days of each other at Kentucky Downs. Other positives to ractopamine that same year were linked to contamination in horse feed.
“I thought I was going to get through my career without a suspension,” Arnold told Paulick Report. “I think the system has failed me and I’m pissed about it.”
Arnold has trained Grade I winners Romantic Vision (Lemon Drop Kid), Weep No More (Mineshaft), Centre Court (Smart Strike), Karlovy Vary (Dynaformer).