3-year-old filly Queen Latifa acquitted of all doping charges

first_imgThe Bangalore Turf Club controversy over an alleged doping scandal might just come to a close. The authorities have secured a report that the accused horse is free of any prohibited substance.Queen Latifa, a three-year-old filly owned by Enthusiasts Racing Syndicate had won the Karnataka Racehorse Owner’s Association Million Cup on March 5, clocking a record time of 1 minute, 06.10 seconds in the 1100m race. Soon after, based on a report of the National Dope Testing Laboratory, New Delhi, Queen Latifa’s sample collected after the race tested positive for procaine, classified as a local anesthetic. A case was registered in the High Grounds Police station in Bengaluru.On April 26, the Animal Welfare Board of India directed the Turf club to send the split sample for complete analyses for all prohibited substances in order to ensure that the welfare of the horse and the integrity of the sport were upheld in the best spirit.The second sample was sent to Quanti Lab in Mauritius on April 28. The lab in its report on May 5 certified that the sample was free of any prohibited substances. The NDTL has now informed that they will follow the international standards of keeping 10 nanagrams as in-house screening limit for procaine.”The initial report only said it was positive for procaine and did not quantify it. I found out they gave a 1.22 nanogram level when internationally 10 is the least,” co-owner of Queen Latifa, well known theatre person and owner of Sunny’s restaurant Arjun Sajnani tells India Today.  He also added that further inspection of the samples was valuable in proving the allegations wrong. He is now a relieved man who is looking forward to the summer season.advertisementWith inputs from Kishore Barkerlast_img