04/11/2016 5:27PM

Preciado banned from Parx Racing

Nikki Sherman
Trainer Ramon Preciado

BENSALEM, Pa. – Embattled trainer Ramon Preciado, who is facing 270 days in suspensions for two clenbuterol positives at Parx Racing, has been notified that he will no longer be allowed to race at the Bensalem, Pa., track.

But Preciado is not going quietly. On Sunday and Monday at Parx, Preciado won all seven races in which he had a starter. The leading trainer at Parx in both 2014 and 2015, he is on top of the standings at the current meet with a 22-for-49 record.

Parx management has informed Preciado that he will no longer be allowed to enter horses at the track. Beginning Saturday, he will no longer be allowed on track property. His final starters come Tuesday, when he has Que Facil and No Returns in the eighth race.

Preciado was fined $2,500 and suspended 90 days after Seventeenohsix tested positive for clenbuterol on Oct. 24 at Parx. He was fined $5,000 and given another 180 days for a Nov. 8 clenbuterol positive by Flattering Tales. Preciado has appealed both rulings.

He had four additional clenbuterol positives in 2015.

Preciado's string of positives started in February 2015, when he had two overages at Parx. He was fined $1,500 for each violation. Over the summer, he had two clenbuterol positives at Delaware Park, one on Aug. 26 and the other Sept. 12. He was fined $500 and suspended seven days for the first positive and fined $1,000 and suspended 14 days for the second.

On Monday, Preciado transferred his 58 horses to Chloe Bradley, who trained in Florida for him this winter while he served a 21-day suspension for his two Delaware positives. In the first starts of her career, Bradley won two races and finished second four times from seven starts.

Preciado was still weighing his options Monday but said that rather than fight his suspensions in court, he was thinking about turning in his trainer's license and disbanding his stable.

"Since I had the positive tests at Delaware over the summer, I have not had any clenbuterol in my barn," Preciado said. "I don't have an explanation for what has happened with all of these positives. If I mess up, I would say I messed up. That's the way I am."

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 being the most powerful and Class 5 drugs the least powerful.

Arturo Romero More than 1 year ago
One of the best trainers I've seen in my life.
TEDK215 More than 1 year ago
you make it pretty obvious that your moral and ethical standards aren't too high.
Mark More than 1 year ago
PARX.....BRAVO!  You notice he jacked those horses up in what was pretty much his last stand!?  Wow.  He won every race he had horses entered for two days!  Tell me every one of those equine werent running on ether.  Nasty human.  He will defect to some other track.  Look at Jacobsen lately.  Hes running at Santa Anita and LosAl.  
Pete Moehrke More than 1 year ago
Guys like this always find something else to use.  Yes sure the first thing used is gone, but it goes to character.  They all keep the good times Rollin.
Ray Sousa More than 1 year ago
When a dealer at a casino is caught cheating does he get a suspension and a fine and come back to his job ?. Only to cheat again get a suspension and come back to do it again. No. Only in the crazy world of racing is that acceptable. If a delivery guy is caught stealing on his route does he simply get a suspension and hand the truck to a close relative or girlfriend to continue. No .in the real world people get in real trouble .loose their job and get prosecuted. Only in racing is rigging a contest  (with betting no less) considered a minor infraction punishable by a token fine and a minor suspension . Only when the infractor does it so often that it becomes embarrassing is he banned. And that only if he is not a household name that trains for racing royalty .those are untouchable. The part that some of the apologists miss is that as long as there's one such trainer on the grounds past performances and handicapping are irrelevant.you will never know if and when a trainer has juiced the horse. Or when the juice will finally ruin the horse . It makes a mockery of the game and it's why people are leaving in droves .despite what some of the industry poling and studies say . No body bets hard into a rigged contest.
Vince Piscitelli More than 1 year ago
I think this is all just one huge misunderstanding.

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Victoria Tanchak More than 1 year ago
You are right, Vince !!  No trainer would commit the same offense over and over.  6 times in one year ??    There definitely has to be some other explanation.  Sounds like a set up.
Tim Race More than 1 year ago
The misunderstanding is you dont get it. And there is no conspiracy either to the commenter below.

Frank More than 1 year ago
ignore Vince -- he is a typical troll.
Lynn Schlereth More than 1 year ago
He doesnt know why they have come up positive.. what he gunna do.. blame it on the grooms and he didnt know? Like... idiot. Just take the license away. Period. Otherwise he will keep doing it. Regardless of what track hes at. So many need their license taken away its sad. I miss the horses but im glad im out of the industry.
Richard More than 1 year ago
What was your job in the industry?
Dave Oster More than 1 year ago
if he was a California trainer,HE WOULD NOT be suspended
slewofdamascus More than 1 year ago
I am not sure i agree with that - look at Mullins, Sadler, and other past high percentage cheaters, these guys were winning at almost 30%, sometimes more (especially in streaks) and now they are 10%. That tells me the law was laid down - maybe the feds talked to them, who knows? But California is pretty clean, med-wise. There are still jockey problems - jockeys choreographing races by influencing the pace scenario, or by giving less-then-full efforts, etc. Vigilance is still required. 
Victoria Tanchak More than 1 year ago
If you think the game is that rigged then find a different hobby and stop whining !!
TEDK215 More than 1 year ago
go away TROLL.
Donna Hjort More than 1 year ago
slewofdamascus More than 1 year ago
way to go, Donna!
James More than 1 year ago
TEDK215 More than 1 year ago
by show of thumbs, how many people think clerbute ramon is just the tip of the iceberg?
Joey Dekarski More than 1 year ago
hopefully this is the start of them doing something to get the cheaters out,this pushes me further away from racing here.