By: Dave Briggs
One Too Many, a horse trained by Rene Allard, has received a positive test for Codeine and Morphine — both Class 1 drugs — following a March 18 race at Woodbine.
Brent Stone, director of racing for the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) confirmed the positive test and added via email that, “Mr. Allard is not under suspension at this time, only the horse is suspended for the 90 days.”
Stone said that a trainer “found guilty” for a positive test for any class of drug “may” be fined and suspended, but “Mr. Allard still has to have his judges’ review on the positive. This will happen at a later date, (but) no date has (yet) been set for the judges’ review.”
When asked whether the Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) was still accepting Allard’s entries, Jamie Martin, the executive vice-president of racing for WEG declined to comment.
Over four cards of racing at Woodbine from Thurs., March 30 through Mon., April 3, Allard raced 16 horses at the Toronto track, and posted a record of 6-2-2. Not a single horse trained by Allard is entered at Woodbine over the four cards from Thursday through Monday this weekend.
Allard is currently the leading trainer at WEG and in Canada overall in 2017 in wins — 49 at WEG, 56 in Canada total. He is second both in the country ($540,136) and on the WEG circuit ($520,610) in money.
Allard-trained horse Julerica tested positive for the Class 1 drug Oxycodone in October of 2016 at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. The trainer was initial handed a one-year suspension and a $5,000 fine, but the penalty was stayed while he waits for his appeal of that suspension to be heard by the Pennsylvania Harness Racing Commission. Initial estimates are that it will take four-five months for the Pennsylvania appeal to be heard.