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Two vets at Red Mile suspended by state

Two Ohio veterinarians working at The Red Mile track in Lexington were suspended by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission on Thursday after investigators found suspicious substances in vehicles the veterinarians brought to the track.

On Wednesday, two Kentucky Horse Racing Commission investigators searched two trucks owned by Rick Mather and Rick Rothfuss, partners in a veterinary practice in Columbus, Ohio.

Investigators took substances and records from the two men, Lisa Underwood, KHRC executive director, said in a written statement. Those substances have been sent to a lab for analysis.

Jim Carroll, a spokesman for the Public Protection Cabinet, declined to say what the suspicious substances were or how the investigation began. Carroll also said the Horse Racing Commission has declined to identify what trainers the two men were working for or the horses they were treating at the Red Mile.

A judge imposed the suspension Thursday after reviewing the evidence. A hearing on the suspension is pending, Carroll said.

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