10/08/2009 11:00PM

Del Mar maiden winner positive


The purse of a maiden special weight race at Del Mar on Aug. 9 was ordered redistributed by Santa Anita stewards on Wednesday after the race's winner, Champagne d'Oro, was found to have tested positive for the banned medication trenbolone.

Trenbolone, an anabolic steroid used to build muscles and appetite, is not permitted to appear in postrace tests. It is listed as a Class 3 drug, meaning positive tests will result in a loss of purse and possible fine or suspension for a trainer. Trainer Eric Guillot said in August that the positive was caused by accidental contamination.

The winner's share of $27,540 earned by Southern Equine Stables and jockey Martin Garcia's share of $3,060 has been ordered forfeited.

Guillot was informed of the positive in late August and had Champagne d'Oro tested again in advance of the Grade 1 Del Mar Futurity on Sept. 7. At the time, he was concerned that medication remained in the filly's system and could result in another positive.

Champagne d'Oro finished eighth in the Del Mar Futurity.

Santa Anita stewards have not held a hearing with Guillot.

Earlier this year, trainer Jeff Bonde was fined $3,000 and suspended five days for a trenbolone positive at Bay Meadows in 2008.