Champion racehorse owned by Queen Elizabeth II fails drug test

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Date: July 23rd, 2014

queen horseUK – A champion racehorse owned by Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II has tested positive for morphine, a banned substance on race days in the United Kingdom.

The British Horseracing Authority announced last week that tests on five horses under the care of various trainers showed the presence of morphine in their ‘A’ samples. Late Tuesday, Buckingham Palace said that one of the horses was the monarch’s 5-year-old mare Estimate

The Daily Telegraph reports that the horse will likely forfeit its second-place finish in the Gold Cup at Ascot this past June, as well as the prize money of 80,625 pounds ($137,671).

A statement released by Buckingham Palace late Tuesday said that the Queen had been made aware of the positive test, and said the result was likely due to the horse’s consumption of contaminated feed.   More

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