Louisiana Vet Gets 15 Years for Doping Racehorses
To say that the world of horse racing is competitive would be a monumental understatement. It would be more accurate to say that the centuries old sport embodies the competitive spirit in a way that no other sport can. From the weight and skill of the jockey, the genealogy, the special diets and training, and a million other things in between - every last facet of the sport and it's athletes has being practiced, honed, and re-invented to gain any possible edge over the completion. It's no wonder that quite a few people have tried to cheat in quite a few ways. Since so much is riding on the results of each race, punishments for bending and breaking the rules can be severe.
According to thoroughbreddailynews.com, 43 year-old Dr. Kyle James Hebert of Lake Charles has been sentenced to 15 years in federal prison for meddling with 11 race horses between 2010 and 2012. Back in November, Dr. Herbert was convicted on numerous counts: 1 count of conspiracy, 2 counts of receipt of adulterated or misbranded drug with the intent to defraud and mislead, 1 count of misbranding a drug while held for sale with the intent to defraud and mislead, and (along with Kohll's Pharmacy & Healthcare Inc. headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska) conspiracy.
Dr. Hebert will be going to prison for his role in selling dermorphin, an unapproved opioid drug that makes morphine look like Tylenol. It's an incredibly powerful pain medicine, and when given in sufficient doses - it can temporarily boost a horses performance on the racetrack. According to an indictment returned by a grand jury in the Western District of Louisiana, Dr. Hebert was part of a scheme to mislabel a drug, commonly known as "frog juice," to trainers. The race vet would further mislead trainers by telling them it would make the horses able to "focus" and ultimately run faster.