11/09/2001 12:00AM

Dickinson gets Lasix time


Trainer Michael Dickinson was fined $250 by the New York State Racing and Wagering Board after an overage of the anti-bleeding medication Lasix was found in Fleet Renee following her victory in the Grade 1 Mother Goose Stakes at Belmont on June 30.

Under the board's rules, Fleet Renee is not disqualified from first place nor do her connections have to forfeit any of the purse money.

In 1998, the board revised its penalties for Lasix overages as follows: A first offense warrants a $250 fine. For a second occurrence, within 12 months of the first occurrence, a $500 fine is imposed and the horse has to perform in a public workout after a receiving a Lasix injection four hours prior. For a third occurrence, the trainer and/or veterinarian is subject to a large fine and/or suspension and the purse may be redistributed.

Dickinson, who did not return phone calls seeking comment, has appealed the suspension.

Fleet Renee, who also won the Grade 1 Ashland this year, was considered a contender for an Eclipse Award in the 3-year-old filly division before she scratched out of the Alabama, finished a dull third in the Gazelle, and scratched out of the Breeders' Cup Distaff.