To all the kids out there reading this story, I have an important message... don’t do drugs. And that same message goes to any horses who might be reading this, too. 

It might seem like a silly way to open an article, but apparently it needs to be said, at least to some horses living in Ohio, since one of them – a race horse in Cleveland – actually did test positive for methamphetamines after a race it was involved in. 

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WKBN in Cleveland reports that the horse, named Grady’s Legacy, tested positive for methamphetamine after it raced at the MGM Northfield Park back in September. Blood samples are often taken from horses who see the track, just to make sure no banned substances are being used, and no horse has a “medicinal” advantage over the rest. 

It’s also a way to make sure the horses are properly taken care of by their trainers, and the crews that work with them. 

Unfortunately, Grady’s Legacy, the horse, now has a legacy of being a meth head, thanks to its trainer, Samuel Schillaci, who has now been suspended for a year, and ordered to pay a $1,00 fine, which is apparently the maximum penalty allowed by law. PETA has asked for a harsher penalty, and demanded his trainer’s license be revoked. 

Freddie Hudson, who is the CEO of the U.S. Harness Racing Alumni Association told WKBN this didn’t used to be an issue in the horse racing scene. 

“Back when I raced and trained horses, the drug issue didn’t exist. The drug issue started coming about in the 1980s and it’s gotten out of control.” 

This isn't the first time he’s dealt with drug issues in horses either. Unfortunately he says it’s not just Ohio, but across all of the horse racing scene in the U.S.  

As for Grady’s Legacy, it wasn’t immediately clear as to what happened to the horse, but we can imagine horsey rehab is pretty nice.

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