06/13/2013 4:50PM

Ruidoso Downs bars trainer after death of horse


Quarter Horse trainer Alonso Orozco has been banned from running horses at Ruidoso Downs, effective this weekend, after one of his starters, Cartel Quick, died on Monday, a day after winning the $750,000 Ruidoso Futurity, track officials said.

Ruidoso's general manager, Shaun Hubbard, said on Thursday that Orozco will not be permitted to start horses pending an official state necropsy report on Cartel Quick. Owner Sergio Enriquez said earlier this week that Cartel Quick died of kidney failure.

Hubbard said that the trainer was to be permitted to run a horse on Friday who was entered to race before the Ruidoso Futurity.

"He will not be welcome at Ruidoso," Hubbard said of Orozco. "We have the grounds of exclusion from private property."

Orozco did not attend the Ruidoso Futurity to spend time in Mexico with his ill father, Enriquez said.

Cartel Quick was vanned from the racetrack to the test barn after the Ruidoso Futurity.

Enriquez said earlier this week that Cartel Quick was treated for dehydration at Orozco's barn, but took a turn for the worse early Monday morning and was euthanized.

Enriquez said on Thursday afternoon that he has yet to hear the results of the necropsy from the New Mexico State Racing Commission.

The death of Cartel Quick comes a year after a rash of nine positives for medication violations at Ruidoso Downs in May 2012.

Last September, Ruidoso Downs officials announced that the track would revoke the stalls of trainers who have horses test positive for medications in classes 1 or 2 during the 2013 meeting.