05/24/2016 1:15PM

Parx: Six more clenbuterol positives for Preciado


Trainer Ramon Preciado, who has appealed a 270-day suspension for two clenbuterol overages at Parx Racing last fall, had six more clenbuterol positives at Parx between March 1 and April 12 of this year, according to rulings issued by the Pennsylvania State Horse Racing Commission.

The six new clenbuterol overages were first reported by the Paulick Report.

The six horses who have tested positive at Parx this year all won their races. They are Poderosa, who raced March 1; Christinas Charm (March 20); Avaritia (March 28); Broad Lover (April 11); Atizapan (April 11); and No Returns (April 12). The six have since been disqualified from the purse money in their races.

Preciado has not yet been penalized for the positives. He and his attorneys have told the racing commission his horses have been tampered with by a disgruntled employee. The Pennsylvania State Horse Racing Commission is conducting an ongoing investigation into their claims.

Preciado had a total of six clenbuterol overages in 2015. He had two at Parx early in the year, two at Delaware Park in late summer, and then two at Parx in the fall. He was fined for the first two overages, suspended three weeks for the Delaware overages, and then suspended 90 days and 180 days for the final two positives at Parx.

In response to the final two positives of 2015, Preciado was served with an ejection letter by Parx officials that banned him from entering track property beginning April 16. The Bensalem, Pa., track also stopped accepting entries from his stable.

Preciado appealed his ejection to the Pennsylvania Racing Commission and was granted a stay that has allowed him access to Parx.

Alan Pincus, one of Preciado's attorneys, then filed a federal lawsuit in the Middle District Court of Pennsylvania against Sam Elliott, the director of racing at Parx, and Walter Remmert, the executive director of the Pennsylvania Racing Commission, stating that refusing entries from Preciado violated his due-process rights.

The suit also seeks damages for the harm done to Preciado's business after Parx ejected him and refused to accept his entries.

Soon after the suit was filed, Parx management and Preciado reached an agreement under which the track would resume taking entries from him during the appeal process.

Preciado had approximately 58 horses in his stable before being ejected from the track. More than 40 of those horses were taken away by their owners and given to other horsemen.

Clenbuterol is a bronchodilator that has steroidal qualities and can help build muscle mass in horses.

Clenbuterol is considered a Class 3 medication by the Association of Racing Commissioners International, which classifies drugs into five categories, with Class 1 drugs, such as opioids, being the most powerful and Class 5 the least powerful.

Ray precia More than 1 year ago
everyone needs to realize there is more to the story , one his female employees had been putting the drugs herself and has gotten away with it by being temporarily let go by the investigation and went back to Puerto Rico  where she was from , no one is sure who hired her to do it.
Joel Firsching More than 1 year ago
You cant beat clenbuterol.  It beats track biases.  The tracks dont want to stop this.  They dont want the bad press.  If the track doesnt police it, more trainers will come and create larger fields.  Does oaklawn want to hurt their growing business ?  There have been numerous clenbuterol positives in new mexico.  But the slap on the wrists punishments dont even slow it down.
Hey maggie moss, hows diodoro as a trainer ?
mark More than 1 year ago
how does mike dubb get away with it
amazing how they pick on certain people and ignore others
Ivan More than 1 year ago
Mr. Preciado- Mr. Preciado - let me give the names of a few good men who can be witnesses for YOU! Let me see...Mr. jacobson, Mr. Levine, the Navarro Brothers, Mr. ONeill, Mr. Miller, Mr. DAmato,the Star Witness - Mr. Rodriguez...ohhh Noooo...too BIG a Witness list for you Mr. Preciado?
Robert Clayton More than 1 year ago
How about D'Amato? His last 3 horses that moved into his barn at Churchill have been beaten about 100 lengths and last I saw he was 0 for the meet.....In California they would have won by 100 lengths......The guy is a complete joke......
MsTBredRacing More than 1 year ago
You forgot a few, Ziadie, Maker, Gargan, Ness..... Etc 
Walter More than 1 year ago
I guess this may explain how Parx produces the most underlay payouts in their exotics.  
Robert Clayton More than 1 year ago
No.....the takeout rate does that
Ronald Friedman More than 1 year ago
he's just a plain old crook who i made money off of his juice jobs.
TEDK215 More than 1 year ago
maybe you could join him for a nice toast with that "juice". cheers.
genewashington1 More than 1 year ago
When he is done with racing he can work in Washington.
slewofdamascus More than 1 year ago
only six more? one day at a time, right? Pretty soon he'll be 12% trainer again. 
Ray Sousa More than 1 year ago
Since the industry refuses to deal with this nonsense and kick these guys out there is only one solution . Boycot any track that has these miracle trainers .i would say boycott any place that you feel is not conducting an honest game. I know there will be a lot of tracks to not play. But Parx with its lack of ethics and high takeout is a prime candidate to be first on the list.
DavidM9999 More than 1 year ago
I like your idea. Players need a national no bet weekend. Send a message to tracks, owners who align themselves with slime and the trainers themselves. The only thing that may motivate tracks to police the game is CASH.
anthony More than 1 year ago
Simply ridiculous......disgruntled employee? Wonder why only high percentage guys get popped again and again coincidence I think not