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Tuesday, 11 December, 2018

Trainer Lee Rossi given one-year ban after horse tests positive for crystal meth

Lee Rossi (left) with Our Bernattete, who tested positive for Dextromethamphetamine at Churchill Downs last November
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Trainer Lee Rossi has been given a one-year ban and $10,000 fine by the Churchill Downs stewards after one of his runners tested positive for crystal meth.

The Class A drug Dextromethamphetamine was found in a blood sample from Our Bernattete after she had finished fourth in a maiden claimer at the Kentucky track on November 15 last year.

A highly addictive drug, which famously featured in the critically acclaimed crime drama Breaking Bad, crystal meth acts upon the central nervous system in humans, boosting the brain chemical dopamine while producing unusually accelerated heart and breathing rates.

Amphetamines can aid breathing disorders in humans as well as combating fatigue. It has been administered to horses previously under the belief it could help them run faster.

Rossi, 73, has held a training licence since the 1970s. His one winner, from 16 runners, in 2018 has been Our Bernattete, who was successful at Delta Downs in January.

During his lengthy career Rossi has had only one previous penalty, a $100 fine for not having foal papers on file at Mountaineer Park in 2014.

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The Class A drug, also known as crystal meth, was found in a post-race blood sample of Our Bernattete
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