More Trouble for Panya after drug charge
After a horrific fall, Deanne Panya will face another month on the sidelines
Thu, 9 Feb, 12:00 AM
Coming in the wake of an horrific fall at Rosehill on the 28th of January, jockey Deanne Panya has faced more bad news yesterday as she fronted the stewards in a hearing regarding a positive test to a banned substance. The fall was earlier determined to be an accident by the Stewards, who reminded Panya to, in future, steer more clear of the heels of other runners. Aboard Sebring Express in the Widden Stud Stakes, she was looking to take the rails run inside of One More Honey, but then looked to dart outwards as the space begun to tighten. This caused the runners to clip heels, dislodging Panya. After suffering a broken collar bone and facial lacerations she will be on the sidelines for an un-determined amount of time. But has assured followers she is resting well and in good hands.
However yesterday the good news stopped for the young rider and stewards had found traces of the banned substance hydrochlorothiazide in a urine sample. She has pleaded guilty and will receive a further one month ban when she returns from injury. Hydroclorothiazide is diuretic in nature and causes the body to rid itself of excess water and salt. Often used for lowering blood pressure, it’s easily postulated that a jockey may use the drug to assist in maintaining their weight. However it’s difficult to comprehend why Panya, who tips the scales at 50kg, would need (or want) medical assistance to maintain her riding weight. Furthermore given her current condition, this penalty might seem harsh but the rules are the rules.
Latest on Deanne Panya: "I'm pretty good, considering - better than yesterday." Has a badly lacerated chin & broken c'bone. Surgery Monday. pic.twitter.com/3tbGGXHjMj— Trent Masenhelder (@tmase04) January 29, 2017