04/04/2016 3:42PM

Preciado given 180-day ban after sixth clenbuterol positive

Nikki Sherman
Trainer Ramon Preciado is appealing suspensions for clenbuterol positives at Parx Racing.

Trainer Ramon Preciado has yet another clenbuterol positive at Parx Racing. The positive, from Flattering Tales – winner of a $10,000 maiden-claiming race Nov. 8 – is the sixth for Preciado during 2015 and comes less than a week after the stewards issued a ruling for Preciado’s fifth positive.

Last week, the stewards suspended Preciado 90 days and fined him $2,500 after Seventeenohsix tested positive for clenbuterol while finishing second in a $5,000 claiming race Oct. 24 at Parx. In their latest ruling, the stewards suspended Preciado 180 days and fined him $5,000 for Flattering Tales’s positive.

According to track officials, Preciado has appealed the rulings. On Tuesday, he was allowed to enter horses for the Saturday card at Parx, including Flattering Tales, who is in the second race. Preciado’s suspension for Seventeenohsix was to have begun April 7 and run through July 5. His suspension for Flattering Tales is to start July 6 and continue through Jan. 1, 2017.

Preciado has been the leading trainer at Parx the past two years. He was at a loss to explain the positives when returning a phone call Saturday.

“I don’t know what is going on,” Preciado said. “I am resigned to the fact that whatever is going to happen is going to happen. Since we had the positives earlier this year, we have been very careful with this medication. You know all of this started after I won the training title in 2014. I just don’t understand how these horses could be testing positive at a high level.”

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.

Horses are allowed to train on clenbuterol, which does has therapeutic value. It has a recommended withdrawal time of at least 14 days.

Preciado’s clenbuterol positives began when Boss Cat and Main Entrance both tested positive after racing Feb. 23, 2015, at Parx. Preciado was fined $1,500 in each case.

On Aug. 26, Trouble Kid tested positive after winning a $25,000 starter allowance at Delaware Park. Preciado was fined $500 and suspended seven days.

On Sept. 12 at Delaware Park, Jake N Elwood tested positive after winning the restricted New Castle Stakes. Preciado was fined $1,000 and suspended 14 days.

All of the horses involved were disqualified from the purse money.

Preciado’s Roxbury N Overton tested positive for dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO), a topical analgesic that can help relieve pain, on Oct. 17 at Parx. DMSO is a Class 4 drug. Preciado was fined $1,000, and Roxbury N Overton, who finished second in the Pennsylvania-bred allowance race, was disqualified from the purse money.

Prior to 2015, Preciado had not had a medication violation since 2011, when one of his horses tested positive for phenylbutazone, or bute, a Class 4 medication.

Claudia Malloy More than 1 year ago
This is a felony in NYS but there are no legitimate law enforcement officers on racetracks.
This industry is completely out of control with cruelty, drugging and slaughter of horses!
Dusty Nathan More than 1 year ago
Why wouldn't he keep getting positives? He pays $1,000 or $1,500 vs. $10,000-to-$30,000 for a win - and gets a week off to play the slots full time. Fine crooks $50,000 for every offensive, and give them 366 days and there will be next to no offenders. I'd like to write "zero," but some people are so sick they would do anything, even personally injurious, to get a score. But it's not worth commenting, as the powers-that-be know what I just wrote is true and have had decades to adjust the rules. It's not that they don't care. It's that they don't care about the betting public. And, now they care even less with VLTs. 
banshee More than 1 year ago
Thanks for the info  .  I will not bet him until the heat is off.  Back to 8% winners
Linda Simon More than 1 year ago
When I got my trainers license.at Philadelphia Park over 20 years ago the stewards told.me 3 possitves and You.will never touch a race.horse or set foot on a race track again! So when did that rule change? I still have never had a possitive!
Ray Saputelli More than 1 year ago
When your brutal, immoral industry glorified the likes of dopers like Baffert and Pletcher. When it put scum like Asmussen in your Hall of Shame. When it feted abusive whip wielding parasites like Espinosa, McCarron and so many others. This is not sport. It's a greed driven industry that needs welfare in the form of slot dollars to survive and should be allowed to die.
banshee More than 1 year ago
go to Syria and fix that
Elizabeth Becht More than 1 year ago
they all play by their own rule Linda u know that
Frank More than 1 year ago
180 days??? He should be banned for life and charged with Animal Abuse.

Bob More than 1 year ago
They need to rename that dump Pharmaceutical Park.
hosehead20 More than 1 year ago
As a handicapper, I'd love to see strikethrough on the italics of any horse that was implicated for PEDs when reading the form.
Mark More than 1 year ago
You have it backwards...they need to italicize all the horses that are NOT on some kind of drug.  That list is much smaller.
DavidM9999 More than 1 year ago
This is wonderful news. It is several years late but better now than never. He took Trouble Kid for $15k and wins graded stakes.  Now he is the Trouble Kid himslef. He has 180 days to "figure out what was going on". Suggestion - buy a mirror with your gambling winnings and look into it.
Joey Dekarski More than 1 year ago
wonder how many times he s gotten away with it,or allowed to get away with it in NY ,Aqueduct,He s had some bombs come home to win this winter which at the time made no sense .Same with the Engleharts ,...I ll stick to the races in ternationally where you don t get a third of your winnings took .I amassed people still continue to watch and bet on the U S races while everybody(wagering sites ,DRF THE STEWARDS and everyone in between)  makes a fortune except the handicappers.
Joel Firsching More than 1 year ago
Sport of thieves