Updated on 09/16/2011 7:30AM

Lake starts split-shift suspension


Scott Lake, the nation's leading trainer in terms of wins, was to begin serving the first of two

10-day suspensions Saturday after two of his winners at Philadelphia Park turned up positive for the banned substance banamine.

Because of the reciprocity rules that exist in racing, Lake will not be permitted on the grounds of any racetrack during his two bans. Assistants Gerald Brooks (New York), Steve Krebbs (Philadelphia Park/Delaware Park), and Tim Hooper (Maryland) will be the listed trainers in the program.

Lake's first suspension began Saturday and lasts through June 10. He will serve another 10 days from June 17-28.

"This makes it easier," Lake said. "I'll take the 10 days, come back for seven days and make sure everything is good in the barn and start the other 10 days."

Lake was not fined for either of the positive tests.

Lake said the high-levels of banamine that were found leads him to believe that his veterinarian treated the wrong horses on those respective race days.