07/09/2013 11:15AM

Leading Quarter Horse trainer Paul Jones to appeal suspension

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Leading Quarter Horse trainer Paul Jones said on Tuesday that he plans to appeal a 60-day suspension for a medication violation found in one of his runners at Ruidoso Downs in 2011.

Jones, the nation’s leading Quarter Horse trainer for the last 11 years, was cited for a zilpaterol positive found in Jess Hi Maintenance, the winner of a futurity trial on July 8, 2011. Zilpaterol, a feed supplement that promotes muscle gain in livestock, is a class 3 drug.

Jones was suspended and fined $1,500 in February 2012 for the violation, a decision upheld by a hearing officer and accepted by the New Mexico State Racing Commission on June 27.

Jones, who races primarily in California and New Mexico, said he is appealing the case on the basis that accidental zilpaterol positives occurred in California earlier this year through feed distributed by Purina Mills of Turlock, Calif.

“There have been many cases of feed contamination with the drug,” Jones said. “That’s the only thing I can come up with because we didn’t give it to the horse.”

The California Horse Racing Board announced in March that it was dismissing 48 cases of positives for zilpaterol found primarily in harness horses racing in Sacramento, but also Thoroughbreds at Golden Gate Fields and Santa Anita, and Quarter Horses at Los Alamitos.

At the time, the racing board told feed vendors to remove Purina feed products from backstretches until the company could investigate why zilpaterol appeared in feed. The ban was lifted in early April.

Patricia Doyle More than 1 year ago
IF it is a feed contamination then why did it only affect ONE of his runners. What did Paul Jones do, open one special bag for the ONE runner? Smells fishy to me.
RockaFelter21 More than 1 year ago
quarter horse racing > dog racing- not much difference
Ben van den Brink More than 1 year ago
There is an slight difference between one horse at the time and 48 from different trainers and locations.
Mike B More than 1 year ago
There may be a factual basis for this one. I have read dozens (unfortunately) of trainers caught for banned substances stories. And the cliche' mysterious stranger in the barn is hard to prove and often hard to believe. Here, Jones (or a high paid lawyer) needs to chart out the exact locations of the horse in question and try to chart out the supply chain of the contaminated feed (and where and when these feed supply issues arose). Then he can make a factual case if his horse was fed where the contaminated feed was sold or were other violations occurred.
mikey More than 1 year ago
Why is it when they get caught they do not know how it could be.Give him a year to figure it out.Then let him pay the bettors who lost on that race.The day of small fines have to end.Someone will train his horses and give him every penny under the table.
Mr. Ed More than 1 year ago
Hey kram itslew, If one fails to proplerly read and comprehend that would make one a loser. I made no comment as to guilt or innocence. Simply the lack of details in the article that says positive in July 2011, and an appeal in July 2013 with little inbetween. Read first, comprehend, then make an intelligent statement without showing yourself to be the loser.
kram hslew More than 1 year ago
Mr. Ed & the rest of you losers, Paul Jones is a quality individual who has found the heretofore unknown cause for the New Mexico violation. I know if it were me I would appeal and hope the powers in New Mexico are fair in their reevaluation.
Mr. Ed More than 1 year ago
Guilty or not, there seems to be some missing pieces to this puzzle. The positive was July 8 2011. Suspended and fined Feb 2012, 7 months after the positive. So he never did pay a fine or serve a suspension? And now state upholds the decision just June 27, 2013, one year and four months after the decision, and almost two years after the positive? And now the story that he's appealing. So, the missing pieces of the puzzle. I assume he's already appealed at least once maybe twice already. Is it in federal court or what court is the appeal? Nice in depth story. And yes, the tainted feed was very real, but was it a problem when the positve occured as the feed problem was much more recent. Again, thanks for all the details.
dean More than 1 year ago
Give that fat sob a year suspension !!
Jordan More than 1 year ago
Jones is one of the few leading trainers to emerge for the medication/cartel controversy at Los Al unscathed. If it is true that Jones was cheating as well, it would pretty much indicate the quarter horse game had been rotten to the core. However, Jones hasn't been surrounded by such controversy before, and I still hold on to the hope that he was able to resist the rampant cheating.