Uniform medication rules and regulations were in the news again in 2015 and a story of one trainer's fight against a positive he felt was incorrect was the eighth most read piece of the year at This Is Horse Racing.
The story titled "Motion appeal concerns responsibility, guidelines" was published October 9 and focused on Graham Motion's first medication violation in his more than two-decade training career. Joe Clancy's opened with the simple but undeniable statement that "medication rules in American Thoroughbred racing are built on trainer responsibility and there really isn't any other way. If a horse tests positive for a banned substance, or above the legal limit for an approved substance, the trainer gets the blame."
Motion was hit with the violation after Kentucky stewards said Kitten's Point tested positive for the muscle relaxant methocarbamol after winning the Bewitch Stakes in April at Keeneland. Motion appealed the $500 fine and five-day suspension, saying his staff followed guidelines used in Kentucky and published in part of the National Uniform Medication Program.
Check out No. 8 on our 15 for 2015 list of popular stories
Other stories in the 15 for 2015
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No. 11: Rage for the sake of the sport
No. 12: Funerals and Field Trips
No. 13: The ultimate workhorse
No. 14: Horse racing in Georgia?