12/02/2008 12:00AM

Bourgeois among three suspended six months


Keith Bourgeois, one of the nation's leading trainers by wins, was one of three horsemen given six-month suspensions for Class 2 medication violations during a Louisiana Racing Commission meeting Monday. The others were trainers Melton Wilson and Carlos Salvidar.

All were cited for positives for Fluphenazine, a 30-day tranquilizer. The three trainers had the purses of their races redistributed and were fined $1,500.

Sean Alfortish, an attorney representing Bourgeois and Wilson, indicated both cases would be appealed, said Charles Gardiner, executive director of the commission. Salvidar did not appear before the board. Bourgeois was cited for the Fluphenazine positive by Evangeline Downs stewards in a June 28 ruling. It was upheld in a 5-2 vote Monday. The horse, Diamondmint Deputy, won a $5,000 conditioned claimer at Evangeline on May 2.

In other action, the commission denied a request from Phil Rubbicco for an exercise rider license, but did grant him special permission to be able to work horses at Folsom Training Center on the one day a month that the facility has published works. Rubbicco, convicted of sports bribery in 1986 for an alleged race fix at Fair Grounds, has been able to gallop horses at Folsom except when published works are held. Prior to the action Monday, he could not be on the grounds on those days, said Gardiner. Rubbicco received a pardon from the governor in 1995.

Also, the commission adopted an emergency rule prohibiting anabolic steroid use in horses above the naturally occurring levels, said Gardiner. It goes into effect Jan. 1, along with a rule stating that no toe grabs greater than two millimeters in length will be allowed at tracks in Louisiana.