11/19/2002 1:00AM

Butler barred seven days


LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Jockey Dean Butler has been suspended seven days by the Churchill Downs stewards after being arrested and released Monday by the Metro Narcotics unit of the Louisville and Jefferson County police departments for first- and second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

Metro Narcotics records show that Butler was arrested for being in possession of a large quantity of painkillers.

Butler was allowed to ride Tuesday at Churchill. He will serve seven calendar days before being allowed to resume riding Nov. 27, providing he meets conditions set forth by the commission, including enrollment in a chemical dependency program, and depending on what transpires in future court hearings.

Bernie Hettel, the Kentucky Racing Commission's executive director and chief steward, said Butler has a prescription for one of the drugs for which he was arrested, but that the volume of pills "made it clear that there was some abuse involved."