Art Sherman Fined, Suspended for Drug Violation

POSTED ON  |  03-04-2021

Trainer Art Sherman has been fined $1,500 and has begun serving a 15-day suspension issued by California stewards after a horse he trains, Palm d'Oro , tested positive for the prohibited presence of a metabolite of an antihistamine, following a victory at Los Alamitos Race Course Dec. 20.

Post-race test results indicated desmethylpyrilamine, a metabolite of pyrilamine, a drug classified as Class 3, Penalty Class B according to the Association of Racing Commissioners International standards. Drugs in Class 3 have the potential to affect performance, but not to the same extent as those in class 1 and 2. Antihistamines can produce central nervous system effects in horses.

Sherman said April 1 that he believes the test results are from contamination caused by one of his employees taking over-the-counter cold medicine and coming in contact with Palm d'Oro or her feed. Many cold medicines contain antihistamines.

"I don't even know what pyrilamine is. It's an over-the-counter drug that's available," he said. "What are you gonna do? It's one of those contamination things. It's a trainer's responsibility. There's nothing I can do about it."

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