07/06/2006 12:00AM

Intercontinental's victory upheld


The stewards on Wednesday unanimously upheld Intercontinental's victory in the Palomar Breeders' Cup Handicap at Del Mar last year, ruling that Intercontinental "did not gain an unfair advantage when it raced with a late treatment of pre-race bleeder medication."

Stewards Darrel McHargue, Albert Christiansen, and Martin Hamilton conducted a hearing June 5 on protests filed by the owners and one trainer of horses that finished behind Intercontinental in the Palomar Breeders' Cup Handicap on Sept. 3, 2005. They sought to have Intercontinental disqualified and the purse money redistributed after they learned that Intercontinental had received furosemide, a bleeder medication, 20 minutes closer to the race than allowed by CHRB rules and policy.