04/07/2008 11:00PM

Koriner draws fine, ban


Trainer Brian Koriner has been fined $5,000 and will serve a suspension of five racing days after Black Seventeen, the winner of the fifth race at Hollywood Park on May 1, 2007, tested positive for the anesthetic procaine, according to a stipulated agreement between Koriner and the California Horse Racing Board.

According to a ruling issued by the Santa Anita board of stewards last weekend, Koriner was suspended for 40 days, from April 14 through May 23, but 35 days of the ban will be stayed provided that Koriner does not have a positive test for medications in classes 1, 2, or 3 in the next year. Koriner will serve his five-day suspension from April 14 through 20.

Black Seventeen won the six-furlong allowance race by 6 1/2 lengths.

In addition, part of the purse of a Santa Anita maiden special weight for 3-year-old sprinters on Feb. 10 has been redistributed after the runner-up, Lotacat, tested in excess of the permitted level of acepromazine, a tranquilizer.

Lotacat earned $9,600 for finishing second. The money has been redistributed to the original third- through sixth-place finishers - Liberty Watch, Scibelli, Dakota Phone and Mossad.

Dan Hendricks, who trains Lotacat, faces a possible sanction for the positive. He is scheduled to have a hearing with track stewards on Sunday.