09/08/2004 11:00PM

State: Positives in Shuman barn


Two horses trained by Mark Shuman who competed during the Saratoga meet tested positive for a banned sedative, fluphenazine, a steward for the New York State Racing and Wagering Board said Thursday. Both horses are owned by Michael Gill.

Clay's Rocket, who won the second race at Saratoga on Aug. 8, and Kalookan Lady, who finished fourth in the fifth race on Aug. 9, tested positive for fluphenazine, commonly used in horses as a sedative. Fluphenazine can linger in a horse's system for as long as 30 days.

Trainer Scott Lake claimed Kalookan Lady for $50,000 on behalf of owner Bruce Golden. That claim has been voided and the horse returned to Shuman. Kalookan Lady finished last of 10 in an entry-level allowance at Delaware Park on Wednesday.

Karen Murphy, the attorney representing Shuman, disputed that there is any positive and has requested that a split sample be tested.

"The was nothing administered in any way, shape, or form close to being a violation of their drug schedule," Murphy said.

Gill was the leading owner in wins at Saratoga with 10 from 60 starts. Shuman saddled all 10 and finished tied with Nick Zito for third place in the trainer standings.