Queen Elizabeth’s Racehorse Fails A Doping Test

Manny Ramirez may be baseball royalty, but he’s not actual royalty (though, oddly enough, Sidney Ponson is). So the latest news that ties the British Royal Family to steroid use ought to make George Mitchell’s head explode.

Queen Elizabeth and Nicky Henderson

(”Let’s up the dosage to 75 mg a day.” “Good idea, Your Majesty.”)

This is all a roundabout way (for American readers, that’s a “traffic circle” way) of saying a racehorse owned by the Queen of England tested positive for performance enhancing drugs after her maiden race. “Her” being the horse, not the Queen.


Moonlit Path, a 6-year-old mare, failed a drug test after her debut in February. She was found with tranexamic acid in her system, which prevents hemorrhaging. The trainer and longtime friend of Queen Elizabeth II (again, that’s trainer of the horse, not the Queen) has been charged and faces a year-long suspension.

Moonlit Path

The trainer, Nicky Henderson, claims that it was a “cock-up rather than a conspiracy,” and that the horse was given the drug for legitimate medical reasons. Just like Manny Ramirez.

A source close to the monarch said: “This is a terrible, terrible embarrassment to the Queen who has been enjoying one of the most successful seasons of her 30-year career in racing.”

By the way, Moonlit Path finished sixth, which is more the equivalent of J.C. Romero using steroids than Manny.