10/27/2014 9:54AM

Breeders' Cup expands 'convicted trainer rule'


Horses who have been transferred to assistants of trainers who are serving suspensions for serious drug infractions will not be able to run in the Breeders’ Cup races as of next year, according to a rule approved by the Breeders’ Cup board of directors.

If applied this year, the new rule would prohibit Goldencents from starting in the Breeders’ Cup Mile. Goldencents, who won the Mile last year, was transferred to Leandro Mora this month after trainer Doug O’Neill began serving a 45-day suspension for a positive for the Class 2 drug oxazepam, a sedative. Mora is O’Neill’s assistant.

Banning the horses was approved as part of a revision of the Breeders’ Cup’s so-called “convicted trainer rule,” which bars trainers who have had a horse test positive for a Class 1 of Class 2 drug in the “A” penalty category within a year of the event. Both classes include drugs that have a high potential to affect performance and little to no therapeutic value.

The Breeders’ Cup board also expanded the rule to include a ban on any horse who tests positive for either a Class 1 or Class 2 drug in the “A” penalty schedule in the preceding 12 months.

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“We are hopeful that in selecting a trainer, owners will exercise the utmost care to assure themselves that a horse in that trainer’s care will not be treated improperly,” Breeders’ Cup president Craig Fravel said in a statement. “A commitment to playing by the rules is vital to the future of the sport.”

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Parker Wheat More than 1 year ago
Where can we find out what the "A" penalty schedule is? Does the sedative oxazapam come under the "A" penalty? All the "goody 2-shoes," who want to condemn trainers like O'Neill, Asmussen and others also should realize that many of the illegal aliens they employ may be using pharmaceuticals which unintentionally are ingested by the horses they are around. The push to get rid of these undocumented workers is a key to preventing this from happening. Furthermore, Homeland "Security" needs to show more interest in securing our borders, where our "Homeland" begins instead of arming our local police to the teeth with drones and armored vehicles and building FEMA camps for "emergency relief."
nick More than 1 year ago
I hate the Federal Gov for 99% of everything they do and would hate to see them get any more involved in this sport or anywhere. BUT horse racing must conform to one set of med rules for all states. The in house fighting has cost horse racing more than anyone cares to believe. It's much better now than 15 years ago when it was pharmaceutical magic show. Now the racing commission needs to step in and make one set of rules for all that protects the horses, betting public, jocks,owners, etc...
Joel Firsching More than 1 year ago
Why does it take so long to use common sense in this sport ?
Mark D More than 1 year ago
If you could waive a magic wand and clean up the drug issue in horse racing...Female trainers would rule.
Rick Berend More than 1 year ago
not necessarily...Jane Cibelli was banned for the entire Tampa Bay Downs winter meet last year for 'medication violations'. Eve was the first known cheater IMO...
Parker Wheat More than 1 year ago
The pressures that trainers are under to cut costs by using undocumented workers do not respect gender differences.
HatzOffToNixon More than 1 year ago
lol, whenever i see a female trainer winning, i ask, what banned male trainer is she fronting for?
riddick More than 1 year ago
I love it. , They should ban them from all Graded Stakes races too. ha ha ha ha ha. Then see how fast the owners drop the cheaters.
Joey W More than 1 year ago
I don't like the rule myself. Just ban trainers from entering for 5yrs for infractions and that no horse can be under there care for 90 days prior to BC races. There is virtually no barn security at tracks. People can get to these horses other than just the trainers and assistants. Also don't believe most owners are aware of a horse when being juiced. They will only cause weaker fields for the BC by doing this. Besides most infractions are from medications given a 48 to 72 hours out. And really don't have a lot of bearing on the race that they run.
michael More than 1 year ago
Retro it to this years cup.
Mitch McMahon More than 1 year ago
Had no idea this was how a suspension worked. Completely ridiculous.
realquiet8 More than 1 year ago
Hey Mitch here is why Drug O'Neil has been suspended, 19 count them 19 times this POS has been caught giving horses illegal substances! Could you imagine getting 19 DUI's? This POS should be banned for life
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Finally!!! I will be rooting against Goldencents every step of the way.