Horse Racing: Drug at the Derby

It was Saturday evening, and in a van parked behind the barns at Chur chill Downs, Laboratory Technician James Chinn performed his postrace chore of testing urine specimens from 18 horses — the winners of all nine races run at the Louisville track that day, plus one other horse from each race, chosen by lot. When he added his test chemicals to the tubes, one specimen turned blue and then orange — the sign that some offending drug was present.

After further analysis, Chinn identified the drug as "phenylbutazone and or a derivative...

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