01/04/2016 6:15PM

Preciado fined, suspended for clenbuterol positives


Ramon Preciado, the leading trainer at Parx Racing the past two years, had two clenbuterol positives at Delaware Park last summer and has been fined $1,500 and suspended 21 days by the Delaware Racing Commission.

Preciado’s first positive came in the first race Aug. 26, when Trouble Kid won a $25,000 starter-allowance race by nine lengths. Trouble Kid’s time of 1:02.58 was a track record at Delaware Park. His record will be rescinded, and the former track record holder at the distance, New Yawker, will be reinstated.

Preciado claimed Trouble Kid for $15,000 out of a second-place finish in a maiden-claiming race in July. Trouble Kid has since won the Grade 3 Gallant Bob and the $150,000 Valley Forge at Parx. He finished first in the $350,000 De Francis Memorial Dash at Laurel Park but was disqualified to second for causing interference. In his most recent start, he finished second in the $106,000 Claiming Crown Rapid Transit at Gulfstream Park.

Preciado’s second positive came when Jake N Elwood won the restricted, $72,000 New Castle Stakes by 7 1/2 lengths on Sept. 12.

Preciado was granted a stay after he appealed both positives. He and his lawyer, Alan Pincus, appeared before the Delaware Racing Commission on Dec. 16, according to John Wayne, executive director of the commission.

“The board heard their testimony and upheld the stewards’ rulings in their entirety,” Wayne said.

The commission is expected to sign the decision and penalty order at its Jan. 13 meeting, according to Wayne. Preciado’s suspension could begin the next day.

Wayne said Preciado has already paid his fine and that the purses of the races in question had been redistributed.

On Monday, Preciado said he did not intend to take any further legal action and would serve the suspension.

“I don’t really know what happened,” Preciado said. “I followed the guidelines. I won four races at the meet, and all of the horses were treated the same. The first two were fine, and the second two tested positive. It was a very low amount, but it is zero tolerance. I understand that.”

Preciado was fined $500 and suspended seven days for Trouble Kid’s positive and fined $1,000 and given 14 days for Jake N Elwood’s positive.

Clenbuterol is a bronchodilator that also has steroidal properties and can build muscle mass. It is legal to use in training but cannot be in a horse’s system on race day. It is considered a Class 3 drug by the Association of Racing Commissioners International. Preciado will receive two points for each positive on the ARCI medication points list.

Bruce Battaglia More than 1 year ago
Mr. Preciados record last year was 158-109-62 from 532 starters. Two horses came back with elevated levels of a drug you can use to train with but none on race day.I read about how crooked racing is but 2 positives from 532 starters is not something you should be making a big deal about. One guy said it cost him a pick 3 and maybe a pick 4, If you would have included Trouble Kid in your gimmicks as you should have you would have won. Trouble kid runs at GP Wed.1-27 in the 4th race. I guess you think without drugs he will not win. The trainer who took over Preciados horses is Chloe Bradley.So far she has saddled 4 horses for him while he is on suspension. Her record is 2-1-0-from the 4 horses. If I thought the sport was crooked I surely wouldn't bet. How do you explain Ms.Bradley 50% winning record. A lot of people just like to cry and whine. Go to the casinos with your 2 bucks and try your luck.
Sinatra More than 1 year ago
..."we have practices that compromise equine welfare and the integrity of the sport. Rules can vary greatly from state to state, and drug-testing labs in one state find substances that drug labs in other states do not. We lack reciprocity. When a trainer is penalized in one state, he is still free to race horses in another state. And importantly, penalties in many states amount to the proverbial slap on the wrist. They are looked upon in some quarters as just the cost of doing business and not a deterrent" Penny Chenery
DavidM9999 More than 1 year ago
The miniscule fine and suspension is a slap in bettors faces. Limousine LIberal coming in off a huge SAR run was almost an universal single the day Trouble Kid won at PARX. Limo ran his race but was not in a fair race. Hundreds of thousands went poof when the claimer won the G3. DRF writer Jerardi later recapped the race and I believe quoted Preciado as saying he "adjusted" the Kid's Lasix dosage. The Lasix adjustment apparently explained the form improvement. We all knew immediately when the PARX race was over we had been "had". Frankly I was disappointed in the Jerardi piece but fluff and useless picks are about all we get these days from the DRF. The bottom line in my humble opinion is the guy is bad is for the game. I suppose we just watch the upcoming years of violations then hope his body of work in terms of violations will eventually move tracks to consider a long ban. It may take years but it will come.1-9 on that one folks.
r More than 1 year ago
Parx racing for one is a complete joke. Did anyone see the replay of the race back in the Fall of riders handing off a whip to help another rider who dropped his? Precidio #s have been off the charts at Parx just like Juan Carlos Guerrero's were a few years back. Pennsylvania could care less. Look at Penn National another daily crime scene. As far as betting, you really need to pay close attention to these trainers whose stats are so awkward that you scratch your head. Play their game if you want to survive. It's not going to get cleaned up anytime soon as tracks like Delaware need these trainers to fill their racing cards. Trainer is YOUR FIRST PRIORITY IN BETTING BY FAR!!!
Ray Sousa More than 1 year ago
Nyra tracks are just as bad..it's an unfortunate state of affairs .nobody in the industry cares about integrity. Like you said if a jockey that's supposed to win a race looses his whip the others will give him theirs. And that is not even the shocking part ( pardon the pun) the fact that they risk doing it shows that they don't think anybody will notice or cares.
Diana Baker More than 1 year ago
This is the same guy who sold Little Cliff for meat and then denied it. Nothing he does surprises me. He makes the whole industry look bad.
spanky More than 1 year ago
Maybe he is Lou Penas beard. What is Baltas using??
bertolini67 More than 1 year ago
How can any person bet one dollar on something they know is unfair and full of liars and cheaters. How would you feel if the blackjack dealer cheated? Or the dice were fixed? This is sad and pathetic.
Kenneth R. Wiener More than 1 year ago
The commentators below are correct that the only way to possibly stop the cheating trainers would be to lay criminal charges as often as possible in appropriate cases. If racing regulators were more seriously engaged in protecting the public, they would refer such cases for criminal prosecution. What are the odds of that happening?
Ray Sousa More than 1 year ago
Clenbuterol is a dual action drug in racehorses. Opens up the lungs and is a muscle building steroid. These miracle trainers dance right on the line .and push the envelope when it comes to withdrawal times that's why they love lasix .it aids them in getting rid of any leftover drugs on race day. I suspect this is just the tip of the iceberg they are using other drugs too that are not being detected . A long federal investigation that collected evidence and went after the labs that sell this stuff and the vets that administer the drugs would work .they could turn them into state witnesses against the trainers .the trainers would be questioned and after they lie wich they always do charged with obstruction of justice .and fined and jailed.
Ray Sousa More than 1 year ago
And there you have it .fact is its extremely hard to turn a $15 000 claimers into a stakes horse without steroids .when you see it done more than once there's something going on. One day the horse is a cheap claimers the next he is setting track records. Who says drugs don't move em up. The real shame is that nothing happens to the cheats 2 weeks and a $1500 fine. Really ? .thats it. So it pays to cheat in this game use drugs and if you don't get caught you get purse money and cash bets if you do get caught you cash your bets plead innocence pay a small fine take a two week vacation and start all over again. What a country. The problem for the sport is that honest owners and trainers are turned off and leave .for fans and bettors it's worse they can't win. Because they will never know when a horse is juiced or not. The results become meaningless and handicapping a nightmare. To me it's like if you had a race with human crack heads and junkies and you tried to evaluate how they would run based on other races they competed in. How reliable are junkies?. Did junkie number 3 get his fix today like he might have the last time he ran. Or has junkie number 5 been given a new drug . Did the trainer of junkie number 6 bet on a diferent junkie today and purposely not medicate his runner. This fictional metaphor is unfortunately closer to what racing is today than many will admit.
Steve Kendall More than 1 year ago
15k claimer to stakes horse?? He just beat horse who ran 2nd in G1 King's Bishop. Knew right then and there something was up and total BS!! 25K Alw(s) from Delaware takes down G1 from Sarataga. Was the horse ever tested after that race??? I knew I shouldn't have been betting Parx to begin with. Guess that's shame on me?? $1,500 fine?? OK that seems reasonable. JOKE!!!
Ian GW More than 1 year ago
This was obvious. Take back all purse money and DQ.
Ray Sousa More than 1 year ago
That's not enough .the purse money 90% goes to the owner. And they would not have gotten it without cheating anyway .and the bets they keep.tax free. The only solution is for federal investigations .after collecting enough evidence call these guys before congress and under oath ask them straight out if they are using prohibited substances after they lie nail.them for perjury ,obstruction of justice ,tampering with a betting pool and what ever else they can charge them with and throw the bums in jail. That will clean up the sport for a decade.
Ian GW More than 1 year ago
Great point Ray. I wish tracks had onsite vets and meds. Like a CVS for horses that is done by honest vets.
Randy Baker More than 1 year ago
You're arguing passionately for a deceased persons' life.This sport is flatlining before our eyes.Whats left are cannibals.Who wants to stay around to be eaten?