Chin cries interference over Boogie Blues result
DEREK CHIN thinks there was unethical interference by the Trinidad and Tobago Racing Authority’s (TTRA) staff regarding test results of horses done by Iowa State University under his watch.
The former TTRA chairman was asked about the issue after seeing an e-mail sent from a TTRA staff member to Dr Albert Kind, the University’s racing chemistry section director, during Chin’s tenure at the Authority.
The e-mail, dated December 23, 2011, was related to sample 524581(Joezel, third in the Caribbean Nations Cup).
Dr Kind’s response reads: “Merry Christmas Again. As per our phone conversation this morning, I will hold the reports for the Dec 3rd race date until you verify that TTRA considers 162 ng/ml Procaine a rule violation.”
That same morning, the TTRA employee responded, stating: “Mr Kind I was told to inform you to report the samples as being positive.”
Chin stated that he did not give any such instructions.
“They never received instructions from me or any board member,” he answered. “I am confident that there was interference, and the process is very flawed when it goes to one man, who has access for possible manipulation. That result sample was positive, and he should not have to verify if it was a violation.”
The Express called Iowa State University on Friday to find out Kind’s status after Boogie Blues’ blood and urine lab results had been changed from suspicious to positive.
Renee Novak, to whom the e-mail was copied--along with Jacqueline Peterson--referred the inquiry to Dr Rodger Main, who responded by e-mail.
“Due to our standing confidentiality policies at the laboratory,” Main said, “I would not be at liberty to discuss or comment on the specifics of any particular case submission.
“However, I can very clearly let you know Al Kind’s departure from his role at the ISU Racing Chemistry Laboratory was by no means related to his personal performance and/or the quality of the veterinary forensic services being provided by the laboratory.”
In light of that development, Chin also questioned the TTRA’s zero tolerance policy, saying such a policy made it unnecessary to inquire about the threshold levels for a positive result.
“...The TTRA need to put systems that will protect horsemen,” Chin said. “There has to be clear separation of powers, and what the instructions to the laboratory are,” Chin pointed out.
Chin said he did not act on the e-mails because he was “undermined” and added that trainers have been “unfairly penalised”. He feels theTTRA are “interpreting the rules unfairly”.
The former TTRA chairman said he has not written present chairman Sunil Sirjoo, but said he has “no issue with him”.