09/24/2004 11:00PM

N.Y. owners fined over claim

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The New York Racing Association stewards have fined owners Sandy Goldfarb and Larry Roman $1,000 each in connection with the claim of the horse Cap at Belmont Park in May.

Goldfarb and trainer Richard Dutrow Jr. claimed Cap for $17,500 on May 16. A few days later, Goldfarb sold Cap to Roman. New York rules state that if a horse is claimed it cannot be sold or transferred to anyone wholly or in part, except in a claiming race, for a period of 30 days. Cap ran on June 12 with Goldfarb listed as the owner. The stewards determined that Goldfarb had in fact sold the horse to Roman before that date. Dutrow trains horses, including Cap, for Roman.

Last month, Dutrow was suspended 60 days by the stewards in regard to this matter. Dutrow appealed his suspension and has continued to train pending the outcome of a hearing.