Nebraska Fines, Suspends Trainer In 'Frog Juice' Case

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

The Nebraska Racing Commission has suspended a horse trainer for two years following an investigation into the use of a powerful stimulant called "frog juice" that's barred from use in the United States.

The commission also fined trainer Kim Veerhusen $2,500 on Wednesday. Veerhusen didn't attend the meeting and didn't respond to a call seeking comment.

A urine sample showed a horse named Cheatin' Cowboy had "frog juice," known scientifically as dermorphin, in his system when he finished second at a race July 15, 2012, at Horsemen's Park in Omaha.

The Association of Racing Commissioners International lists dermorphin among the most harmful substances that might be given to horses. Regulators say the drug has no legitimate use in horses.


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