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Fairplex: Eswan Flores suspended 60 days for testing positive for cocaine
By Brad Free
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."
Eswan fell into the easiest trap for any rider, at any track, and every circuit. Hopefully he can put this behind him and open his eyes to the fact that there are no quick fixes when it comes to his chosen profession. There is a long history of athletes at every level, including Hall of Famers, that are guilty of the same thing and worse. The kid made a mistake, and everybody knows it. Now it is time for him to reflect on his decisions, and make the proper choices going forward for himself and those around him. Eswan is a talented rider and a great young man. I'm hopeful that he will find his way through this with the help of his friends within the racing community. If he never rides another race again, he can still be a better person from this experience. What doesn't get the best of us, will always make us stronger. Hang in there, Eswan.
Sorry to hear of the suspension. Flores is a good rider and should have avoided the juice!
The kid was lieing from the start, his atty couldn't do anything here, but take the dinero
Eswan, Portland Meadows is in your horizon. You will come back without your bug meaning no mounts for you in So Cal..... Better look to move your tack...
60 days.i would hope they would not let junkies ride racehorses as a matter of safety forget about the fact that its unfair to the betting public,then again they allow horses to run on all kinds of drugs.how reliable is a junkie horse? anser..more reliable than a junkie horse ridden by a junkie jockey.
John dont defend this stuff. and jockeys know the drill. Don't do drugs and dont go overweight. They make a good living on the major circuits and shouldn't complain. That said he is a 19 year-old kid and he deserves a second chance.
Didn't this Kid take a Lie Detector? He will have to go elsewhere - The Bug will be gone when he returns. My Prayers are with him. Tyler Baze was also very talented. A Jockey's Life appears to be "No Bed Of Roses"!!!
Anyone know if Tyler Baze, ever went to rehab? There was a story months ago that he was being begged to go, and have not heard anything about him...
No EXCUSE for DRUG users, a WEAK part of OUR society ON and OFF the Track. Unless a Jock t has NO weight Problem, Their REAL Life is a Day to Day STRUGGLE. They want the Jockey to be a LIGHT as can be, ONLY to ADD weigth to their SADDLES..If ALL Horse's carried a SET weight of 125lbs, That would ALLOW TOO many New Riders to surface, and the LOCAL Jocks don't want this at all. It's NOT pretty...
So the now the Horses and Jocks are drugged up? So whats next, they going to be selling coke in the grandstands to betting fans too? That will even the playing field --
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