Quest fines Wilmshurst for foreign substance

ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - The Yukon Quest announced Friday that it will be fine musher Brian Wilmshurst $3,262.10 after a urine test from his team tested positive for norketamine.

In a press release, the race said though the foreign substance was possibly introduced from feeding tainted dog food, the Yukon Quest International Board of Directors made the decision to fine Wilmhurst because it's the musher's responsibility to ensure their dogs are free from prohibited substances.

Norketamine is an active metabolite of ketamine, which is used primarily for the induction and maintenance of general anesthesia.

The Quest also added that YQI Veterinarians or Veterinary Assistants randomly collect blood and urine samples beginning at the Vet Check and up until two hours after a dog team has finished, scratched, or been withdrawn or disqualified from the race.

Wilmshurst is a musher from Dawson City, Yukon Territory who’s been running dogs for the past 10 years. He’s finished the Quest five times.

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