09/03/2012 4:27PM

Del Mar: Eswan Flores off mounts due to first-test positive

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Shigeki Kikkawa
Eswan Flores has been prohibited from riding by the CHRB since Aug. 25.

DEL MAR, Calif. – Apprentice jockey Eswan Flores has been prohibited from riding since Aug. 25 by the California Horse Racing Board because the initial sample from a random drug test came back positive for cocaine, multiple sources close to the situation have confirmed. The status of the split sample from the test, which was administered at the track Aug. 23, was not clear as of Monday.

Both the Del Mar stewards and officials of the California Horse Racing Board have declined to comment on the situation. By rule, they are not allowed to comment on the results of a drug test “unless or until the Board files an official complaint or accusation.”

If the split sample confirms the original test result, the CHRB could file a complaint against Flores. As of Monday, no complaint had been filed and no specific reason given for the absence of Flores.

Flores maintains a Twitter account, but has posted sparingly since Aug. 25. On Aug. 26, a note was posted on his account that said, “Eswan is taking time off to handle a private issue. He is fine and will update early this week. Doug for Eswan.”

A full week went by until the next post, which went up on Sunday. It said, “Hey Everyone. We should know something on Tuesday. Thanks for the kind words and support.” As of Monday, there had been no additional posts.

Joe Griffin, Flores’s agent, on Monday said he believed he wouldn’t “have any real answers until [Tuesday] or Wednesday.”

The Del Mar meeting closes on Wednesday and entries for opening day of Fairplex, which begins Friday, were to be taken Tuesday. But Griffin said he did not know what Flores’s status would be then.

Flores, 19, rode at Fairplex last year when just starting his career. His apprentice allowance was scheduled to expire on Sept. 11.

Griffin said he had been in contact with Flores, who Griffin said went to Los Angeles over the weekend after remaining in the Del Mar area for the past week. Flores grew up in the Los Angeles area.

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.

HandicapperErni More than 1 year ago
I really hope Eswan Flores is okay. I really hope this isn't drugs or anything like that. Hope nothing bad from a family tragedy either. I hope he doesn't mess it up. Because I've seen his riding style and it's so good IMO. I hope he's not a waste of talent like Patrick Valenzuela and Tyler Baze. The kind of year he's having for an apprentice (rookie) is amazing right now. He's really had a great Santa Anita and Hollywood Park. Now at Del Mar, he seems to have had a moderate meet right now but hopefully doesn't throw his future away after what's going as of right now. I've also in the past have hyped his talent too and his year he's been having too. Have mixed feelings for him especially now since I've hyped his talent. Terrible I am shocked by it and should be ashamed!! I am so angry!! There goes that eclipse award down the drain
sat.customer More than 1 year ago
A coke head lying about using ? Crazy posts below running the gamut. 90 day suspension and mandatory rehab is fair and helpful imo
Rob Beaudoin More than 1 year ago
Give the kid a break, he's 19!!! You ever do anything stupid when you were 19??? Thought so.....And that was while you were unemployed leaching off your parents. The kid made a mistake, punish him and move on. You people want to ruin his life because he went out and partied at his age?? Give him 30days retroactive to his last mount. Now if he messes up again the penalty should get progressively worse. Give the kid a break.
George Lemel More than 1 year ago
Your not allowed stupid in this sport! Stupid kills other jockey's and horses!! There are second chances, but he must sit for an extended period of time IMO!!!
Jim Fields More than 1 year ago
Tyler Baze all over again, except Flores isn"t as talented as Baze, dollar bet for bet Tyler was the best in the last ten years and where is he now????
Todd Elliot More than 1 year ago
he is drinking,,woo woo
Nancy Elder More than 1 year ago
No not Tyler all over again. try PAT V....tyler's not a coke head. bi difference.... Tyler is still the best......
Gee More than 1 year ago
Clip those wings a tad boy, ur a very good rider!!
Todd Elliot More than 1 year ago
Cocaine and crack cocaine are Class A drugs, which carry heavy legal penalties: For possession: If you are under 18, your first offense would probably just be an overnight in juvenile hall. Over 18, your first offense could be 1-2 years in prison! A second offense could take a huge penalty of up to 7 years in prison and a fine of 2000-4000$. why is he immune from the justice system when THEY GOT SOLID PROOF.
sat.customer More than 1 year ago
Where in Turkey ? First offense for possession is a slap on the wrist. Even first offense for selling small amounts is probation.
Todd Elliot More than 1 year ago
your the turkey, That was copy and pasted from AMERICA court of law.
Dan Cronin More than 1 year ago
Get well? Seriously? This is what is wrong with kids today. He should be fired and suspended from be a jockey for at least 1 yr, and all the prize money he won should be distributed to everyone who bet on his mounts. This left wing liberal crap, oh we need to help him....doesnt work. This is why the young kids today are ruining our economy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"This is why the young kids today are ruining our economy." You can't be serious? Can you? Let's try the old trickle down theory again and I got mine, you get yours mentality. Those always seem to work. Left Wing Liberal Crapper
Slew32A More than 1 year ago
Yeah so I have to go to work and bust my butt while you sit home all day collecting some kind of government check.
Todd Elliot More than 1 year ago
anyone who plays the horses DOES NOT WANT A JOCKEY LOADED for the safety of himself, the horse and your bet. ...any other profession, HE WOULD BE FIRED...THE MONEY had to get to him and the bright lights of sudden fame and he decided, on his own, to use cocaine which is a dangerous drug next to meth.
Ryan Jones More than 1 year ago
Todd, do they fire NFL players for failing their drug tests? That's a pretty dangerous profession too. They also have lots of money gambled on them.
Todd Elliot More than 1 year ago
yes they do,,would they fire you if you got convicted of cocaine on your job...it is important in any profession to weed out the drug users for I am sure they cannot perform up to their best capabilities using cocaine which is a dangerous drug. Most are sent to rehab and they are lucky they arent in prison but athletes and entertainers seem to be immune to the law.In baseball they re suspended without pay which amounts to millions of dollars.
realquiet8 More than 1 year ago
Way to go CHRB The kid makes a mistake and instead of assisting in getting him help ban him from riding, be consistent and BAN Drug O'Neil from training after his 14 incidents! Remember if you take the kid off his mounts for what ever period cut off 2/3 of the sentence then you will be consistent with the Drug O'Neil rule. Get well Eswan!
Todd Elliot More than 1 year ago
are you saying he didnt know better? of course he did..he only made over $360,000 and we are in a recession...mabye he thought it was monopoly money and if he can read, he would know the past history of other jockeys who have used drugs like he did.
George Lemel More than 1 year ago
They'll get him help if he asks for it, but he has to be suspended for enough time to include the Santa Anita meet! At least 60 days, plus rehab & random testing, this is a must in a sport were people and horses could die because of anyone's stupid error in judgement!!
Vince Lentini More than 1 year ago
The kid is 19 , he made a mistake.......all the posters who never made a mistake in their lives please raise their hand......
Ryan Jones More than 1 year ago
....I'll be hiding under my desk.
Mable Roberts More than 1 year ago
Thank god somebody has a clear head in this group.... he is young! Give him a break...
Mable Roberts More than 1 year ago
He needs help and support, not people angry and shunning him like this. It's disgusting behavior from fellow human-beings. He is a living person with feelings.
Todd Elliot More than 1 year ago
next time mable goes to the dr. and he is under the influence,, lets see what she says then,,forgiveness is divine but idiocy has no forgiveness
Todd Elliot More than 1 year ago
old people make mistakes too, why not give them a break? the kid knew what he was doing with all his money which went up his nose,,,
Nancy Elder More than 1 year ago
not drugs.....my hand is not up! your hand might be but not mine.