09/04/2012 5:12PM

Flores says split sample is a positive, but denies using cocaine


DEL MAR, Calif. – Apprentice jockey Eswan Flores, who has been prohibited from riding since Aug. 25 by the California Horse Racing Board because the initial sample from a random drug test at Del Mar came back positive for cocaine, in a series of notes on Twitter on Tuesday said that the split sample of that test also came back positive for cocaine, but Flores denied he used the drug.

“I do not use cocaine,” Flores wrote.

Flores claimed he submitted to a polygraph test that, he wrote, “concluded NO DECEPTION in using or knowingly using cocaine.”

The random drug test was conducted on Aug. 23. Two days later, Flores was removed from his mounts, and he has not been able to ride since.

The CHRB has yet to file a complaint against Flores, but that could change now that the split sample has come back confirming the initial result.

Mike Marten, a spokesman for the CHRB, said on Tuesday that there would be no comment from the board unless a complaint is filed against Flores.

On Twitter, Flores wrote that “additional testing is being completed.”

“I am doing all that I can to prove that I don’t use cocaine,” Flores wrote.

Until Tuesday, Flores had posted sparingly on Twitter 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.”

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.

russell More than 1 year ago
Anon - simply ridiculous comment. so you have no problem with jocks riding horses that are high on coke? unfortunately jocks have used coke in the past to curb their appetite. sad but true.
Rob Beaudoin More than 1 year ago
There are cops all over this country who don't get drug tested.. So if he went out on a thursday night and did coke and on Saturday he get's pinched was he still high riding horses??? C'mon.. Stop the hypocracy
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Random drug testing does nothing to enhance our sport or this guy's life. It should never be done.
Cover2 More than 1 year ago
Mentida, menterosso,.......kavrone
DrSmoke120 More than 1 year ago
"Remember Jerry, it's not a lie if you believe it".
russell More than 1 year ago
John, he would lie because he doesnt want to lose his job. Thats a pretty good reason. I agree there is a small possibilty hes telling the truth but all he has to do is release the lab results of his positive test. I'm sure he has a copy of them. If he tested slightly over the threshold I'm willing to give him the benefit of the doubt.
John Flynn More than 1 year ago
Why would Eswan Flores Lie??? He could be telling the Truth!!! I am not a fan. Nor am I that familiar with him. But, come on & at least - listen to his side of the story.
Gstaad More than 1 year ago
who is Doug???? not Doug O'Neill????
Charles Sakach More than 1 year ago
A drug test using hair rather than urine should be called for. I don't believe that it will clear Flores, only implicate him even more so. Those of you thinking that this is OK, let me remind you that horseracing is dangerous. If under the influence, a jockey is not only putting himself in danger but he is also putting his mount, the other jockeys, and their mounts in danger. Having seen a number of horrendous horseracing incidents where jockeys and horses alike have been hurt, this is nothing to make light of. Before I even consider whether my wagers are successful, I pray that the race finishes without incident.
russell More than 1 year ago
I would like more info on the test to definitively say if hes guilty. What i know for certain is that there are thresholds in all drug tests. If someone were to take a single line of cocaine and get tested later that day the drug would be detected but it would probably not trigger a "positive". If Flores test was well over the threshold limit than his story is bogus. I do agree that 19 year-old kids so stupid things and anyone who denies this is naive. However, I dont think most people would knowingly select a jock that is high on coke to ride their horse.
Daniel More than 1 year ago
If anyone believes that this kid isn't on Cocaine probably believed Marion Jones when she said she didn't use PED's. If anyone has seen this kid up close, can see right away that he is too tall to be a Jockey and will have a hard time making weight. He is in denial and he is succumbing to the pressure of making weight. Someone needs to step in now or he will be another Chris Antley!!!