Updated on 10/05/2014 12:19AM

Levine suspended 21 days for second positive drug test

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ELMONT, N.Y. - Three New York-based trainers face suspensions after substances banned for use on race day were found in post race samples of their horses.

Bruce Levine will serve a 21-day suspension beginning Oct. 19 for the finding of the drug Vardenafil, also known as Levitra, in the post-race sample of Santa Elf, who finished second in the ninth race at Belmont Park on May 2. Levine was originally suspended  30 days but had nine days stayed pending no further violation of New York State Gaming Commission rules for 180 days,  beginning Nov. 9. Levine was also fined $5,000.

Levine had a second horse - Zippity Goomba- test positive for the same drug after winning a race at Parx on March 16. The penalty from the Parx violation runs concurrent with the one issued by New York. Levine was fined $3,000 by the Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission.

Levine said the drug was contained in a paste he purchased over the counter that he used on horses in their training. He believes the medication stayed in the system of those two horses longer than others, for some reason.

The connections of both Santa Elf and Zippity Goomba had to forfeit money earned by those horses in their respective races.

Wesley Ward will serve a 30-day suspension, beginning Nov. 3-  two days after the Breeders’ Cup -  after the medication clenbuterol was found in the post-race samples of Sunset Time, who finished third in the second race at Belmont in June 2012. Ward was also fined $5,000 by the New York Gaming Commission.

Sunset Time was ordered unplaced in the order of finish and her owner, David Mowat, had to forefeit $7,000 the filly earned that day.

Brad Cox is serving a seven-day suspension for the finding of the drug Flunixin, also known as Banamine, in the post-race sample of Who’s Mary’s Daddy, who was eased in the fifth race at Saratoga on July 27. Cox was initially suspended 15 days but had eight of those days stayed for waiving his right of appeal. His suspension began Monday and runs through Sunday. He was also fined $1,000.

Who’s Mary’s Daddy did not earn any purse money because she failed to finish the race.

mikey More than 1 year ago
Stop with the days.These drugs are costing the players$$$$$$$.They only cheat to make $$$$$.Make the first time caught 100.000 and the 500.000 then 1,000.000 and a least a year.Put the fear in cheating.Their crew runs the horses while the boss goes on vacation.They pay him under the table and life goes on.WAKE UP.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
why is ward getting suspended now for a positive more than 2 years ago?
Ray Sousa More than 1 year ago
drugs and ny racing is like bagels and cream cheese....its accepted as two things that go together....otherwise they would not put up with so many miracle trainers like JACOBSON and RUDY ROD and others.
nick More than 1 year ago
Dear Ray, Things changing with 21 days for a 2nd offense OF THE SAME KIND ! Really? Things will change only when trainers are scared. Anyone doesn't like zero tolerance? How about one year for first offense, and life ban for a second. And any owner who has a horse with a trainer who is on his second chance pays the first offense price for the trainer's second offense.
Geral John Pinault More than 1 year ago
In this The Decade of Greed everyone feels that they have the right to cheat! Our US Congress doesn't recognize the fact that they were elected to serve We the People, and not their own selfish interests! So how can you expect anything more from the common man? Without reliable, honest leadership America is running amuck!!! - RAMMER
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Ray Sousa More than 1 year ago
when it does happen they give out real suspensions. years or lifetime ban are common. 21 days for 2 consecutive positives would be unacceptable in most racing countries.
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michael c More than 1 year ago
Basically they don't really want the truth. In my best Jack Nicholson "They can't handle the truth".
Diane Hain More than 1 year ago
Seriously, what is a drug for ED supposed to do for the horse?
monk More than 1 year ago
So these types of drugs used for ED have certain vasodilating properties. This means they cause enlargement of certain blood vessels,especially those you know where. For this reason they actually have other important medical uses and are used to reduce blood pressure in the lungs known as pulmonary hypertension. Could be that these meds reduce pressure in lungs of high performing horses as well.
Diane Hain More than 1 year ago
Ah, now I get it! So it is possible that Levitra could be a better drug for EPH than Lasix. Sounds to me like somebody needs to be studying this. Lasix as a diuretic pulls electrolytes out of your system. That means calcium, potassium, sodium, etc. - all of which are needed for healthy bones and/or proper muscle function! And we wonder why they break down...
John Nicoletti More than 1 year ago
Diane. As a former owner, I can tell you, if a certain drug is being used by any trainer, it has to have some effect on his/her performance. Sadly, over time, most of the race enhancing drugs have a serious negative effect on the horse. I saw the condition of some very good race horses, after a couple of years of medication. Not a very pretty sight.
Diane Hain More than 1 year ago
Lasix alone can do a lot of damage.
Dick Brasher More than 1 year ago
Ok,but what I find weird is that Levitra appears to be in pill form,so how does he say it was an over the counter paste????Liars.
Ray Sousa More than 1 year ago
New York miracle trainers paradise....maybe its changing finally.
Nathan More than 1 year ago
SERIOUSLY? DON'T APPEAL AND GET DAYS OFF? 30 DAYS FOR WARD FOR CLEN? LEVINE HAS 2 POSITIVES AT 2 TRACKS AND A HANDSHAKE? BRING RICK DUTROW BACK. HE HAS BEEN PUNISHED ENOUGH. O'NEILL 19 OFFENSES AND COUNTING. RACING NEEDS DUTROW. NEVIN CAN GO BACK TO BEING HIS ASSISSTANT.. OOPS. DOES THAT MEAN THAT NEVIN IS DUTROW? NYRA IS A JOKE. THE MANAGEMENT IS A JOKE.
michael c More than 1 year ago
Usually when a horse gets hooked in the stretch he's done. Not today there's one trainer in particular that wins loads of turf races on the NY circuit. His horses always find another gear. Wonder when they'll catch up with him.
TonyRegalbuto More than 1 year ago
I know a trainer just like that. His horses never got tired. It doesn't matter how fast his horses go early, the horses always had staying power, and then some.