10/15/2012 6:05PM

Belmont: Castro expected back Wednesday

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Barbara D. Livingston
Eddie Castro was taken off his Sunday mounts by stewards at Belmont.

ELMONT, N.Y. - Jockey Eddie Castro is expected to return to race-riding Wednesday at Belmont Park after being removed from all six of his mounts Sunday by the stewards for reasons that are still not totally clear.

Initially, a spokesman for the New York State Racing and Wagering Board said that Castro failed a Breathalyzer test. That would have meant that Castro would have had a blood alcohol level of at least .05 percent.

The board spokesman later reported, however, that Castro did not reach that level on his Breathalyzer test, but that he was taken off “at the discretion of the stewards.”

“They have that discretion that to decide that he should not ride,” said Lee Park, of the racing and wagering board.

Castro’s agent, Mike Gonzalez, said that his rider told him Saturday night that he was not feeling well. Gonzalez said he told Castro to take some medicine, and that it is quite possible he took a medication, such as NyQuil, that contains alcohol in it, which may have led to the higher-than-normal Breathalyzer reading, even if it wasn’t a violation.

Castro rode at Keeneland Thursday and Friday, winning the Franklin County Stakes aboard Madame Giry on Friday.