SUMMERSIDE – One of the expected favourites will not race in Saturday’s 46th running of the Governor’s Plate at Summerside Raceway.
All Turain won the second of two $5,000 invitational elimination paces on Monday night, but when the entry list was published on Standardbred Canada’s website on Wednesday, the five-year-old bay gelding was not listed.
“Apparently he got a positive test in Fredericton (on Canada Day),” said trainer Trevor Hicken of Montague, in explaining why All Turain is out of the Governor’s Plate.
All Turain set a Fredericton track record of 1:54 in that race.
“I guess when you win 13 races out of 14 it becomes jealously, I guess,” continued Hicken, who co-owns All Turain with Lee Hicken of Stratford. “It’s funny how the horse can go 13 times, and all of a sudden he gets caught.”
When asked if All Turain had been tested all along, Hicken quipped: “Yep, but that’s the way she goes. I just want to leave it at that.”
Confirmed positive test
Paul Hogan, director of racing for the Maritime Provinces Harness Racing Commission, confirmed on Wednesday afternoon that All Turain had a Class 3 positive test resulting in a suspension for the horse and trainer.
“It’s (drug testing) based on the association of Racing Commissions International,” said Hogan. “That's what all the jurisdictions in North America, and I guess probably globally, follow. . .
“A Class 3 drug may or may not have accepted therapeutic use in the horse. Many of the drugs could be cardiovascular or pulmonary, and they have the potential to affect the performance of the horse.”
Brodie MacPhee drove All Turain to a 1:56 win on Monday as the horses had to go against “a big headwind leaving a big headwind finishing.”
As for who gets selected for tests, Hogan explained in the Maritimes the last couple of years all of the horses that win races are tested, along with some random selections. Canadian Pari-mutuel Agency handles the testing, which is done in a lab in Surrey, B.C. Hogan said it is not unusual for test results to take seven days to two weeks on occasion to be known.