12/07/2006 12:00AM

Canadian trainer draws 10-year ban


The Ontario Racing Commission has issued a notice suspending the license of owner-trainer Ken Parsley for 10 years.

An ORC investigation found that Parsley had purchased or received various illegal drugs and medications, including EPO, which boosts the production of red blood cells and is illegal to possess or use on a horse.

Other illegal medications that the ORC states were purchased or received by Parsley from a private and unauthorized source were named as "blood builder 280," hormone drench, Parvolex (used to treat mucus in the lungs), and Adequan (used for intramuscular treatment).

None of Parsley's starters has tested positive for any banned substance.

The suspension took effect immediately on Dec. 1, but Parsley, who also will face a fine of $100,000, had 15 days to file an appeal.

Parsley, 62, took out his trainer's license in 1995 and has saddled 50 career winners from 372 starters. He won two races at Woodbine and two races at Fort Erie this year.

My Vintage Port, trained and co-owned by Parsley, won three stakes in 2003 and was voted Canada's champion 2-year-old filly.