06/13/2013 2:45PM

Indiana Downs trainer banned 90 days for anti-bleeding medication


A leading trainer at Indiana Downs in Shelbyville, Ind., has been suspended 90 days after four of his horses tested positive last year for carbazochrome, an anti-hemorrhaging drug that is often administered to horses under the belief that it can reduce bleeding in the lungs.

Gary Patrick, who has started 107 horses at the current Indiana Downs meet with 18 wins, according to Equibase records, will serve the suspension beginning Aug. 22, according to the Indiana Horse Racing Commission. Under a settlement agreement he reached with the commission, Patrick, who owns most of the horses he trains, will be prohibited from transferring any of his horses to another trainer during the 90-day suspension. He was also fined $10,000.

The four horses tested positive after races held at Indiana Downs between June 25 and July 10 of last year, the state racing commission said. A subsequent search of Patrick’s barn turned up a bottle of an injectable drug, which is prohibited for trainers to possess under Indiana’s rules.

Joe Gorajec, the executive director of the Indiana commission, said the case took nearly a year to adjudicate because state rules do not allow stewards to hold hearings in cases for which the penalty will exceed 30 days. That meant Patrick’s case went through the commission, which negotiated the settlement agreement with the owner-trainer after he requested a hearing.

Carbazochrome, which is also known as Kentucky Red, is prohibited on raceday in Indiana and in nearly every other racing jurisdiction, though three states – Virginia, Louisiana, and Maryland – allow it to be administered before races. Maryland and Virginia have said that they plan to ban the raceday use of the drug by the end of the year.