06/12/2006 12:00AM

Ohio trainer banned for year

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Trainer Riaz Syed has been fined $1,000 and suspended for one year, beginning June 12 by Thistledown stewards for having in his possession 24 bottles of injectable substances and numerous needles and syringes of different sizes while on the grounds at Thistledown on Saturday.

During his suspension, Syed will be denied the privileges of all racecourses under the jurisdiction of the Ohio State Racing Commission, and his case has been referred to that body for possible further action.

Syed has eight horses under his care and has a 0-for-13 record this year.