Deep Impact stripped of 3rd-place finish

Kyodo News

Japanese horse Deep Impact has been stripped of his third-place finish at the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe for failing a drug test last month but is eligible to run in domestic races, the Japan Racing Association said Thursday.

The JRA said France’s horse racing ruling body, France Galop, has decided on the disqualification of Deep Impact from the Oct. 1 event in a ruling made Wednesday, while agreeing to hand trainer Yasuo Ikee a maximum fine of 2.3 million yen.

Deep Impact, a 4-year-old, was last year’s Triple Crown winner in Japan.

“We took the ruling very seriously,” JRA President Masayuki Takahashi said. “This must never happen to us again . . . “

The JRA said Oct. 19 the Japanese governing body had been notified by France Galop that traces of ipratropium, an anticholinergic administered by inhalation for the treatment of lung diseases, had been found in the horse’s urine samples.