04/27/2014 4:06PM

Purse redistributed after Masochistic tests positive for sedative


ARCADIA, Calif. – A portion of the purse of a claiming race for maidens March 15 at Santa Anita has been redistributed after fifth-place finisher Masochistic tested positive for the sedative acepromazine, according to a ruling issued Sunday by Santa Anita stewards.

In addition, jockey Omar Berrio’s ride on Mascohistic has come under scrutiny by the stewards, who may conduct a formal hearing on the manner in which the 4-year-old first-time starter was ridden.

No hearing has been scheduled on Berrio’s ride or on the positive test for acepromazine, which is listed as a class 3 medication. Trainer A.C. Avila could face a fine or suspension for the positive, which was found in a post-race urine test. Positives for medications in classes 1, 2, or 3 are subject to a purse redistribution.

Masochistic earned $1,120 for owners Los Pollos Hermanos Racing and Santa Ines Stable. The stewards ordered the money forfeited and redistributed to Durango Flier, who finished sixth.

The stewards conducted an informal hearing March 16 with Berrio. The stewards were “concerned that Mr. Berrio prevented his horse from giving his best race,” according to the weekly minutes the stewards submitted to the racing board. The stewards called for a racing board investigation into the matter and a post-race test for Maschostic, which revealed the positive.

Avila said in an interview in early April that Masochistic is a difficult horse to ride and that the intention was for Berrio to preserve his mount to the stretch before asking for an effort. Masochistic was beaten 4 1/4 lengths at 8-1. The race was won by 4-5 favorite Whine for Wine.

Avila said Masochistic was plagued by knee and tibia injuries, which postponed the start of his career.

Bill More than 1 year ago
But did bettors know Masochistic had been injected with tranquilizers 8-1 odds or that Masochistic would be taken off tranquilizers for his next start 2-1 in a sparkie 108-4!
Mike C More than 1 year ago
didnt pay much....profit fer duh day...305.00 $$$$$$$.....well dats all i got.....hope u made money like i did......so long
Mike C More than 1 year ago
profit fer duh 2 races...270.00 $$$$...sorry about dat dead horse duh 4...let me make it up to u....belmont park...7th race...10 dollar box exacta.....box duh...2-4-5...wit...3-6-7....good luck and good racing
Mike C More than 1 year ago
early best bets....arlington park...2nd race...10 dollar box exacta...box duh..1-7...wit...2-3-6....arlington 3rd race....i like number 4 horse tipthetrolleygirl....if duh 4 horse is 3 to 1 or less my bet is 200 $ to place...if duh horse is more den 4 to 1 den i will bet to show
Mike C More than 1 year ago
hello...i will give u my best bets for friday may 16 absolutely free....so be here friday and get some $$$$$$$$
AzHorsePlayer More than 1 year ago
I just watched the replay and it kind of does look like the jockey didn't ask the horse down the lane... It looked like he was trying to run off the board:(
Jerry Cumberland More than 1 year ago
This is even WORSE than drugging a horse to improve it's performance. Trying to lose on purpose is the most nefarious type of cheating. (If losing on purpose doesn't make sense to you, know that the connections are betting a different horse and will bet their own when the odds are much higher next time.) There should be a zero tolerance policy on this in particular. Ban this m*ther f*cker.
Darrin More than 1 year ago
Things will never change,as long as the trainers get away with it,and one day,there will be no racing in California,just like Caliente.Then everyone will just "remember' when there was racing.I just don`t get it,either let them use anything they want,or do not let them train horses if they have any type of positive.It goes on every day,just that most get away with it.I think that they should test before the race,no matter what cost,and run clean races.
Lawrence MacSelwiney More than 1 year ago
The cheat everywhere Darrin. Do you think its exclusive to California?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
All of you whiners please shut up and go bet on other sports. Nothing nefarious goes on in other sports now does it.
mikey More than 1 year ago
Do you think that racing is cleaner than other sports.If you do i have a nice bridge you might want to buy.
mikey More than 1 year ago
The fines are a joke.Let the trainer pay a fine equal to the money bet on the druged horse.Give that money to the disabled jocks or some other fund.Until the fines are big this will go on and on.You want new fans WAKE UP.
Jerome Moynihan More than 1 year ago
well said,mikey ,bad news again for SA and the sport in general. Avila has proven his horsemanship,maybe not his sportmanship.this is thoroughbred horse racing. not golf. fine him good this time and suspend him if there is a next