05/10/2013 3:01PM

Rudy Rodriguez has another positive for flunixin

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ELMONT, N.Y. – New York state regulators have notified trainer Rudy Rodriguez that he has had a fourth horse of his test positive for the drug flunixin, Rodriguez said Friday.

Belle of the West, a 3-year-old filly who finished fourth in the first race at Aqueduct on April 21, was found to have flunixin, a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory also known as Banamine, in her system at a level higher than allowed by rule.

The steward for the New York State Gaming Commission said the matter is still under investigation and that no ruling or penalty has been handed down.

Rodriguez, among the leading trainers on the New York Racing Association circuit, trains the 3-year-old Vyjack, who finished 18th in the Kentucky Derby and is under consideration to run in the Preakness. Rodriguez, who received a conditional license to run in Kentucky, is already licensed in Maryland.

If confirmed, this would be the fourth horse of Rodriguez’s to test positive for flunixin in the last 15 months. From March 16 through April 4, Rodriguez served a 20-day suspension and paid a $7,500 fine for the finding of flunixin, a medication akin to Aleve, in the post-race samples taken from Heiden, who won the last race at Aqueduct on April 7, 2012, and Alston Gunter, who finished third in the first race at Aqueduct on Nov. 21.

That suspension was originally 40 days, but the state stayed half of those days provided Rodriguez did not have another violation over the next year.

While serving that suspension, it was revealed that a third Rodriguez horse, Majestic Marquet, who won a $51,000 starter/optional-claiming race at Aqueduct on March 10, had an extremely high level of flunixin in his system, leading Rodriguez to believe that someone purposely treated his horse with the drug. Rodriguez’s owners put up $50,000 in reward money for information about that positive.

Rodriguez ran six horses on the April 21 card at Aqueduct and said all six were treated with flunixin. That includes Im a Rockstar Diva, who ran in the same race as Belle of the West. According to Rodriguez, none of the other five horses tested positive.

Rodriguez said he wants the state – at his expense – to test all the horses that ran at Aqueduct in the month of April to make sure that he is not being singled out.

“If I have to sell my house, I’ll sell my house,” Rodriguez said, referring to how to pay for all those tests. “I want to test everybody.”

Rodriguez said his horses are treated with flunixin in the permissible time out from a race recommended by veterinarians, which is a minimum 24 hours.

“I’m trying to play by the rules, the doctors are telling me it’s not supposed to come up” positive, Rodriguez said.

Anthony Fior del Mondo More than 1 year ago
Rudy how much you want for your house .. I need to move closer to Belmont , the traffic is killing me and I'm always late for the early double ... lol
Anthony Fior del Mondo More than 1 year ago
Such a shame , giving a horse more then what they are allowed , trying to kill the pain and not only that risking the jockeys life's out there , the horse not feeling the pain will only cause him to keep running till they break down 
Kim MacArthur More than 1 year ago
THIS is why PETA did what they did. Not JUST because they hate anyone keeping any animal but because WE DESERVE IT!!! We DESERVE to have people spying on us, we DESERVE to have our dirty laundry aired because if we DON'T the Rudys of the racing world will continue to dominate and the good guys, (California Chrome's trainer Art Sherman has had 3 violations in 8 YEARS) will be forced out of business. There are plenty of Art Shermans, Mike Matzs, Allan Jerkins, and Billy Motts out there that are successful HORSEMEN and WOMEN without drugs!!! Racing MUST clean house or we won't have a house left to clean.
Shawn Klotz More than 1 year ago
It's so funny that people who have no clue about the sport wanna sit there and judge bc they lost there 2 bucks. U Have trainers getting caught blocking a knee on the day of a race and nothing was done. That horse would have felt no pain and could have broke down. NOTHING DONE washed under the rug like nothing happen. He is being singled out every horse I have owned has been on fluxin I don't know a trainer that does not use it and I have used plenty of trainers in different states . He is being singled out and it's a joke bc he has worked so hard to get where he is. If u know Rudy then u know the truth
Shawn Klotz More than 1 year ago
Flunixin sorry spell check
Jack More than 1 year ago
What a shock, I own horses in NY and everyone in the backstretch knows he is cheating including the vets. That being said NYRA is the most corrupt racing circuit in the country. Vyjack had a good performance in the Derby ehh Rudy? If you thought those boys in Kentucky were going to let you get any of that purse money, you were seriously mistaken.
Shawn Klotz More than 1 year ago
Jack who is your trainer bc I also own horses in NY as well and Rudy is my trainer . People are just jealous that he wins at a high clip. He is the hardest working guy on the backstretch. He is being setup if u know anything about the game u would know it this will not help the horses performance.
Don Otto More than 1 year ago
So, which trainer has been successful and not had + test
Mary Raymond More than 1 year ago
According to any of the stats that are available, to my knowledge, only two trainers nationwide. Christophe Clemente & Graham Motion, two transplants in this country. A Frenchman & Englishman respectively..........Bert D
tom More than 1 year ago
rumor has it clemente using frog poison.
Margaret Cowan More than 1 year ago
If the penalty for overage of a therapeutic drug were loss of purse, I think that suddely these trainers would start racing clean. Owners would demand it. The penalty right now is a joke.
Mary Raymond More than 1 year ago
Only problem there Margaret is the owner is the only one who suffers & they're the ones that are the last to know about any of the cheating. Closing down of the guilty barn with no transfer of licenses to assistants is the only way - in my opinion....Bert D
vivian More than 1 year ago
Why go to NY TO FIND RACE FIXING WHEN HERE IN TORONTO THEY HAVE SAME JOCKEY BRINGINING IN LONG SHOTS ON SATURDAY AND SUNDAY AND THOSE HORSES ARE BEATING HIGH CLASS STAKES HORSES,THAT SHOULD BE LOOKED INTO AS THAT IS CHEATING THE PUBLIC WHO WITHOUT THERE WOULD BE NO RACING,THE OJC IS AND MUST BE INVOLVED OR WHY WOULD THEY NOT SEE THE CHEATING,THAT SHOULD BE A CRIMINAL OFFENCE SUCH RACE FIXING GOING ON
Mary Raymond More than 1 year ago
Sour grapes, so why don't you bet on this jockey bringing in all these long shots on week-ends. Seems to me you have it all figured out..........Bert D
jeff More than 1 year ago
RUDY, RUDY RUDY!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Check the doody, doody, doody!!!!
Randy Preston More than 1 year ago
Drug issues have to be very important and emotional, just look at the comments they get! Little league is emotional and important if your kid is playing! And most people don't bet on little league.