Almost four months after the fact, the prize money for the state’s richest horse race has yet to be distributed after the winner failed a postrace drug test.

Rock City Roadhog captured the $75,000 Bosselman/Gus Fonner Stakes on April 27 at Grand Island’s Fonner Park. The gelding went off at 14-1 odds and paid $30.80 to win.

But winning trainer Schuyler Condon and owner Pass Line Stables, which includes Condon, have not been awarded the $45,000 first-place purse. Their 9-year-old horse tested positive when the lab results came back 10 days after the race.

“The case is under investigation,” Nebraska State Racing Commission Executive Director Tom Sage said.

In Nebraska, urine and blood samples are taken from the winning horse after each race. The samples are split, with one sent to a California laboratory and the other left at the track.

If a horse tests positive, then the owner or trainer — at their expense — can have the second set of samples analyzed at another facility. That’s apparently what’s happening in this case, though the process has taken months.

“The results come back to us,” Commission Chairman Dennis Lee said. “But we haven’t seen the second ones yet.”

Lee said in most cases, the second test confirms the first.

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“That’s what happens 98% of the time,” he said. “There are only a few instances where the result of the test is under the legal limit.”

Lee added that the delay has happened in part because there aren’t many laboratories nationwide that handle such drug testing on horses.

“I wish there were more labs qualified to do the testing,” he said.

Two sources close to the investigation said the drug in question is dextrorphan, a metabolite of dextromethorphan — a common ingredient in cough syrup. The drug can have anesthetic effects and also can alleviate nervous behaviors.

The racing commission was scheduled to address the issue at a July 31 meeting but a continuance was requested by the owners of Rock City Roadhog. The commission appointed a hearing officer to conduct an investigation regarding the positive test.

Fonner CEO Chris Kotulak said he is aware of the investigation and added that Fonner — and all of Nebraska thoroughbred racing — follows strict procedure and guidelines to ensure fairness.

“If the violation was the result of an oversight, then that is unfortunate,” he said. “But if it is determined that anything was administered intentionally that is not permitted within our racing regulations, then I would expect full penalties to be assessed.”

While the purse distribution could change, the payouts to the public won’t. Defending Bosselman champion Pain and Misery paid $6.80 to place and Hollywood Critic returned $2.60 to show.

Rock City Roadhog had been claimed for $7,500 and was the first horse owned by Pass Line Stables. He won an $85,000 race at Oaklawn Park in Arkansas on Feb. 22 and ran fifth in a $100,000 allowance race there March 23.

The horse was Condon’s first entry in the Bosselman.

Condon has not returned a call or text from The World-Herald.

Lee said the rules of racing apply to every horse that enters the starting gate.

“It’s the same process whether we’re talking about a $2,500 claiming race or a $1 million stakes race,” he said. “It’s all about maintaining the integrity of racing.”

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