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6-Month Drug Ban For Steve Asmussen
In the US, the Louisiana Racing Commission upheld a 6-month suspension against trainer Steve Asmussen (North America's leading trainer in 2004 & 2005) "for a medication violation at Evangeline Downs," reported thoroughbredtimes.com. The ban follows "a positive test for the Class 2 drug mepivacaine" (a local anesthetic) found in Asmussen's horse No End In Sight at Evangeline on March 24. Asmussen (who has stables at Arlington Park, Belmont Park, Churchill Downs, Lone Star Park & Louisiana Downs) is currently ranked 2nd among US trainers for the 2006 season in both wins & earnings with 220 victories from 1,049 starters & US$6,964,363 earnings.