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Three New York Trainers and One Jockey suspended by stewards this week.

Posted by on October 3, 2014

According to the Daily Racing Form and the New York Gaming Commission website,three  trainers: Doug O’Neil,  Bruce Levine and Brad Cox were suspended for drug violations. Additionally jockey Junior Alvarado was suspended as a result of his riding in the Jockey Club Gold Cup that caused jockey Rajiv Maragh to fracture his arm in several places when his mount, Wicked Strong clipped heels with Moreno and unseated Maragh.

Doug O’Neil, the trainer of 2012 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner, I’ll Have Another, was handed down the harshest suspension: 45 days and a $10,000 fine for a positive test for Oxapram, a sedative found in one of his horses that ran in July, 2013 at Belmont Park.  The gaming commission determined the severity of O’Neill’s fine in part due to the 9 previous drug violations O’Neill has had on his license.

Bruce Levine was suspended for 21 days and fined$5,000 for a positive dating from May 2, 2014 at Belmont Park. His penalty was reduced from 30 days because he waived his right to appeal.

Brad Cox was suspended 7 days for a positive finding of a drug in one of his horses from July 27th at Saratoga. He was also fined $1500.

Junior Alvarado was suspended 15 days for his ride in the Jockey Club Gold Cup when his mount, Moreno crossed into the path where Wicked Strong was running, causing Wicked Strong to clip heels and dismount jockey Rajv Maragh causing him to fracture his arm.

As in any sport, policing horse racing is necessary to make sure that everyone is on the same playing field and making sure that the safety of the other athletes, both human and equine are preserved.



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