09/16/2012 4:54PM

Fairplex: Eswan Flores suspended 60 days for testing positive for cocaine

Benoit & Associates
Eswan Flores, shown after winning the Evening Jewel at Santa Anita aboard Warren's Amber, has been suspended through Oct. 23.

POMONA, Calif. – Apprentice jockey Eswan Flores was handed a 60-day suspension by California Horse Racing Board stewards at Fairplex Park after testing positive for cocaine metabolites in a test taken Aug. 23 at Del Mar.

Flores will be suspended through Oct. 23 and is not eligible to an extension of his apprentice allowance. Flores basically surrendered the final three weeks of his apprentice allowance that would have expired Sept. 11. Flores has not ridden since Aug. 24.


Flores, 19, was the leading apprentice in Southern California, and has won109 Thoroughbred races from 977 mounts. He began his career riding Quarter Horses at Los Alamitos and switched to Thoroughbreds in summer 2011. Early this year, he finished the Santa Anita winter meet ranked fourth in the standings with 54 wins from 354 mounts (15 percent).


Flores tailed off through spring and summer. He finished seventh in the standings at Betfair Hollywood Park with 24 wins from 229 mounts (10 percent), and this summer at Del Mar won just 8 races from 105 mounts.


According to the CHRB ruling, Flores must sign a testing agreement with the CHRB, and "arrange a consultation with the Winners’ Foundation and abide by their recommendations."