In March 2019, test results from urine collected from Brian Wilmshurst’s team during the 2019 race came back positive for a foreign substance.
YQI Veterinarians or Veterinary Assistants randomly collect blood and/or urine samples beginning at the Vet Check and up until two hours after a dog team has finished, scratched, or been withdrawn or disqualified from the race.
Minimal amounts of norketamine were found, an active metabolite of ketamine which is used primarily for the induction and maintenance of general anesthesia. Based on the possibility that the foreign substance was introduced from feeding tainted dog food, the Yukon Quest International Board of Directors have made the decision to penalize Wilmshurst as it is the responsibility of the musher to ensure the team is free of all prohibited drugs and foreign substances.
In alignment with Rule 43, and based on the information available, Wilmshurst will be fined $3,262.10 USD. This is the total amount of his earnings for completing the 2019 race.
Wilmshurst has been notified and is cooperating with the organization.
For more information regarding the Yukon Quest rules, visit the official website.