09/04/2012 4:12PM

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.