09/29/2012 8:15AM

Bret Calhoun suspended 30 days for medication violation


Veteran trainer Bret Calhoun has been suspended 30 days by the Kentucky stewards for a positive test for a Class 3 drug stemming from a race in late May at Churchill Downs.

The subject horse, 4-year-old Make a Fortune, was making his first start when he captured a five-furlong maiden special weight race on May 26. The colt tested positive for guanabenz, a medication used for high-blood pressure and which is used to lessen the chance of a horse suffering from exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhaging.

Calhoun also was fined $500 because Make a Fortune tested for more than the permissible amount of the bleeder medication Lasix.

The suspension is scheduled to begin Oct. 8 and run through Nov. 6. Calhoun said through his attorney, Karen Murphy, that he will not appeal the decision. He currently is racing at Remington Park and at a variety of other tracks in the East and Midwest.

Calhoun, 48, has won 2,079 races in a stellar career dating to 1994. His best year was 2010, when his stable earned nearly $8 million and he won the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint with Dubai Majesty and the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint with Chamberlain Bridge.

Make a Fortune, a $160,000 yearling purchase for Gary and Mary West, has raced three more times, finishing third, fourth, and third. The winner’s share of $26,000 from the subject race was revoked and the purse redistributed.