06/06/2014 7:01PM

Central Banker forced to scratch from Met Mile

Tom Keyser
Central Banker most recently won last month's Grade 2 Churchill Downs Stakes.

ELMONT, N.Y. – Central Banker, the fourth choice on the morning line for Saturday’s Grade 1, $1.25 million Metropolitan Handicap at Belmont Park, will be forced to scratch from that race after being administered the legal medication Legend within the prohibited time frame established by the New York State Gaming Commission.

Legend is an injectable medication used to treat joints.

According to the records required by the gaming commission to be turned in by the veterinarians for horses entered to run in all four of Saturday’s $1 million-plus stakes at Belmont, Legend was administered by Dr. Nancy Brennan on Friday morning, the day after Central Banker arrived from Kentucky.

“There was a mistake made by our New York veterinarian. [She] didn’t follow protocols, and Legend was given within 48 hours, and you can’t do that,” trainer Al Stall said. “We respect the integrity of the sport and will scratch and tee it up on the 5th of July. All the connections are devastated.”

Stall said he would point Central Banker to the Grade 3, $500,000 Belmont Sprint Championship here July 5.

Central Banker, owned by Klaravich Stable and William Lawrence, was coming off a narrow victory over Shakin It Up in the Grade 2 Churchill Downs Stakes on Derby Day.

Dennis Fisher More than 1 year ago
You see the not for profit NYRA is different to private property racetracks of Churchill Downs Inc and its 50% HRTV shareholder partners known as the MID Group Inc, who own the majority of race tracks in America, meaning Churchill Downs/MID Group do not care when their horses are treated with drugs, like Legend or even Dermorphin nicknamed frog juice, like Morphine nicknmaed as Elephant Juice or even snake venom etc, simply because vested interest controls these private property racetracks to the 10th degree. Why do you think they fired Hall of Fame owner/trainer John Veitch known at the time as Head Steward of the State of Kentucky and its questionable racing commission, because of his awareness of in-house corruption of hierarchy cheating, so in all fairness if the race was run in Kentucky or even Maryland etc Central Banker would have been allowed to run and would have won and the bad news is that the drug test result of Central Banker would have come back negative.refer to conspiredcorruption.wordpress.com
Terri Pompay More than 1 year ago
Legend is not snake venom it is a therapeutic drug to help the horses joints stay healthy. Learn your meds before you runneth at the mouth!
jjandsamm More than 1 year ago
Nancy is a wonderful vet! She has treated my horses and with all the changes recently... I feel for her and the connections... she is as straight as 6 O'Clock and I would vouch for her without any hesitation!!!
steven More than 1 year ago
I might understand if she was a vet from another state, but the fact that she is based in new york. She is the goat of the week. it was only a race 4 a million dollars. Am sure the owners will understand. OOPS
John Chaussee More than 1 year ago
If the connections administered the snake venom to Central banked prior to the May 1 race, then they should forfeit the purse money.
Vince Lentini More than 1 year ago
that test would have already cleared bro
Susan bell More than 1 year ago
Legend is pure hyaluronic acid. Its a very good product for performance horses to protect their joints.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As Norm Petersen said " Women, can't live with them, pass the beer nuts".
VanSavant More than 1 year ago
Troll. Funny, but a troll nevertheless...
Chris Lowe More than 1 year ago
How coincidental that most trolls are named Anonymous!
Karla Georges More than 1 year ago
How can a vet be so stupid to not know the rules & be able to read their watch! 48 hrs.How did she get through school? Being sarcastic, but as a former owner I would not be taking this as a simple mistake!
not impressed More than 1 year ago
That's a pretty BIG Whoops! If you ask me.
Chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Tap tap tap them joints...
Laura Grosmaire More than 1 year ago
Legend is given IV, not IA.
Susan bell More than 1 year ago
It is administered both ways.