03/06/2015 2:26PM

Avila deciding whether to appeal fine, suspension

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ARCADIA, Calif. – Trainer A.C. Avila said on Thursday that he is debating whether to appeal a 60-day suspension and a $10,000 fine he received from the California Horse Racing Board after one of his starters tested in excess of the permitted level of the tranquilizer acepromazine last March.

Avila said he would consult with an attorney about an appeal this weekend but hinted that he might accept the penalty.

“I want to get it behind me,” Avila said. “I haven’t taken a vacation in eight years. For me, I can come back fresh.”

The medication violation was found in a post-race test taken from Masochistic, who has won 4 of 6 starts, including an optional claimer at Santa Anita on Feb. 28.

J Vette More than 1 year ago
Seems like it now pays to fix races, your punishment is a slap on the wrist which is holding a shopping bag full of money.
William Norton More than 1 year ago
Antonio should take a permanent vacation in the federal penetiary outside Bakersfied. Race fixing, wire fraud, etc. etc. Prison time for these a-holes. Now.
Ray Sousa More than 1 year ago
I remember this case well and actually am very proud of the fact that i was able to pick the horse at Churchill..i had also bet this horse in his debut and watched him run poorly..so i suspected something when he showed up on derby day in a much stronger race and when he started getting bet i knew something was up. And bet him too. So here's what i think happened they gave the horse tranquilizers in his debut versus cal breds in a particularly bad field and even so the jockey had to restrain the horse fighting him the whole way (so obvious even the stewards noticed and investigated and had a sample taken).so they then show up on derby day in a much tougher field and with much bigger pools you would expect this horse to go off at 20/1 but he was getting some action and ended up one of the favorites in a big field at 3/1 or so. and won easily. it then turns out he had been given tranquilizers in his debut. hardly a simple case of overages. this was a coup.
Chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Changing med rules to "it's in or it's out" would eliminate virtually all of these "overage" charges.
Steve More than 1 year ago
Yeah, you can take a vacation with all the money you won on Derby Day after drugging your horse into a poor performance the race before. People like Avila and Chapa have absolutely no shame and are a disgrace to the sport. Instead of seeing him come back after 60 days, I wish it was "good riddance"
Whoopers Cat More than 1 year ago
CHRB has no credibility after giving out a pansy 60 day suspension for a blatant race fix. What a joke ! Zero trust in California racing.
Walter More than 1 year ago
Hey AC, Sounds like you took a trip to Churchill last year and cleaned up six figures! I certainly don't feel bad for you. Take a permanent vacation!