09/09/2012 7:57PM

California Horse Racing Board files charges against Eswan Flores after positive test for cocaine


The California Horse Racing Board on Sunday officially filed charges against apprentice jockey Eswan Flores, alleging he tested positive for cocaine, board spokesman Mike Marten said late Sunday afternoon.

A hearing will be held at Fairplex next Saturday, Sept. 15, Marten said. Stewards Scott  Chaney, Luis Jauregui, and Tom Ward will preside, Marten said.

Flores has been prohibited from riding in Southern California since Aug. 25 by the CHRB because the initial sample from a random drug test conducted at Del Mar on Aug. 23 came back positive for cocaine. A split sample of that test subsequently had the same result.

Flores has denied using the drug.

Flores had won with just 8 of 105 mounts at Del Mar. This year, he has won with 83 of 675 mounts, and his runners have earned $2,922,187. For his career, Flores has 109 wins from 977 mounts and purse earnings of $3,644,987.

P_Ensign More than 1 year ago
#1 it is surprising that Luis Jauregui is a Steward - in the normal world, those who can't do, teach, in the racing world it appears that those who can't ride, judge... #2 to all the holier than thou's - at least give him his appeal, the cards are stacked against him, but it's usually a good policy not to prejudge. #3 the ridiculous weights that are required of jockeys do not foster anything near a healthy lifestyle for them - I haven't checked lately, but I'm pretty sure there still a stall for puking in every jockeys room in America - if you think he's the only one either taking drugs to make weight or just maintain some focus, i've got a bridge for sale. Good luck kid.
Todd Elliot More than 1 year ago
how much for the bridge,,is it the brooklyn bridge or are you selling entire island of new york for $18 dollars again?
Todd Elliot More than 1 year ago
mabye eswan snorted cocaine with sigmund freud..
Bryan Tripoli More than 1 year ago
Sounds like my kind of party
Charles Sakach More than 1 year ago
Cocaine is not a "party drug". There is an abundance of data stating that: 1. Every time cocaine is ingested, it scars heart tissue. That means it doesn't heal. 2. Frequent users experience paranoia and schizophrenia, accompanied by hallucinations. Cocaine can kill you. It happens...River Phoenix...John Belushi...and scores of nameless "all I wanted to do was get high" folks all dead now. If it doesn't kill you, your life still could become worthless. I believe things happen for a reason. Perhaps this is what it took to give Eswan a chance to turn his life around. We need to look at this as being an opportunity for him to get the help he needs. I sincerely hope he does just that.
Jade Sword More than 1 year ago
Alcohol has killed far more people. In traffic alone. Of course I definitely don't want jockeys on any drugs during a race. I don't know the details of this case but if it's true that he's been riding on coke for a while that's completely unacceptable, and does undermine the integrity of the sport. But if he partied a couple of nights before and this is about a little residue, that's a very different scenario.
Jade Sword More than 1 year ago
Yep, coke makes the horse go faster. What a wonderful country this could have been if the holier-than-thou hypocrites had never arrived on its shores. A country of individuals more critical of themselves than others. Fwiw, most people judge others, instead of themselves, because it makes them feel better about themselves. So have your easy fix.
Jack More than 1 year ago
It's a SAD fact, if you got RID of ALL the DRUG user's and DRUGGED Horses there would be NO racing in TODAY'S world... Especially the WORLD of the "SUPER TRAINER" very sad................
Allen Payne More than 1 year ago
Its bad enough that an ambulance has to follow each race from start to finish , to ensure that in the event of an accident , quick / professional aid can be rendered to the individuals injured ...but , to complicate that further by having a Rider who is accused of using a drug that alters his thinking , and leg him up on a 1600 pound animal that can run 40 MPH and turn a race into a Demolition Derby with a misplaced move ..well , lets see what the CHRB has to say Sat the 15th ...Maybe help is in order .....
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
1600 pounds... Are they pulling the Bud Wagon ?
Allen Payne More than 1 year ago
Thomas Cook More than 1 year ago
The next person I read as saying cocaine is a party drug and this is not a big deal might make me puke. Heck why not just let the guy do a couple shots before he gets instructions from the trainer. Or better yet take a few puffs of some cronic to calm down from the coke and level out his aggression. Holy Mary folks..COUNSELLING FOR HIM AND YOU.
. More than 1 year ago
Geez people, cocaine is a party drug, what's the big deal?! :-p
Lon More than 1 year ago
Thomas - I don't condone drug use but don't be naive. Alot of riders drink alcohol and then ride. A few have gotten caught (Kent D, Tyler B) but many drink and then ride. The late Ron Hansen was the poster boy for this. I don't think it is smart or good for anyone however it does happen every day.
Patricia Doyle More than 1 year ago
I don't believe for one moment that Eswan used cocaine. He worked so very hard to get where he is. No, he did not use coke. He exercised horses early in the am then went to high school and then after classes he went to work as a full time jockey. He wanted to be a jockey that bad. I think his lawyer should check the lab and see if they had unusually high amounts of coke positive tests on that day when Eswans test was run. The lab does testing for other businesses besides the racing industry. Mistakes happen, cross contamination happens. I surely hope Eswan gets to come back and live his dream of being a jockey.
Jade Sword More than 1 year ago
Young and successful is combination that can lead to popularity with the wrong crowd. Kids this age have friends that use drugs. I could see him having tried coke under some peer pressure, and briefly forgetting his responsibility as a jockey, but as long as it's a one-time offense I'd let him off with a warning. You are absolutely right about him having worked so hard to get where he is. There's no way he would throw that away so easily.
Todd Elliot More than 1 year ago
he just did
Ponies Payme More than 1 year ago
Yeah. i stand corrected. He didn't do it. Wanna buy a bridge I'm selling real cheap? It is in a great neighborhood in Brooklyn.
Eric Singer More than 1 year ago
a few thoughts - assuming he did use we have no knowledge of whether he used at work. I do agree with the point that if he did use at work it could contribute to over agressive riding - I have watched Eswan put other jockeys in danger with his riding style. I also agree with the people who suggest that he should get his days and go to a program and get clean - but first he will need to admit that he used. He is a young man and has a lot of life ahead of him - people make mistakes and can also change. Most all of us need a chance to change at some point.