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Tampa Bay Downs: Navarro barred for 2013-14 meet
By Matt Hegarty
Jorge Navarro, a leading trainer in Florida and New Jersey who is currently serving a 60-day suspension, will be denied stalls at Tampa Bay Downs through next summer, and the track will not accept any of his entries during that time, the top official of the track said Tuesday.
Peter Berube, president of the track, said that the track decided to put the ban in place after Navarro accepted a 60-day suspension from the Florida Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering last week. The suspension was based on six post-race positives for the regulated medication flunixin that were detected following races at Tampa Bay’s 2011-12 meeting, nearly 18 months ago.
Tampa Bay is scheduled to open its 2013-14 meet Dec. 4, running through May 4. However, Navarro will be denied stalls and entries through June 30, Berube said, because Tampa is expected to run one or two days during the summer of 2014.
Navarro is the second trainer that Tampa Bay has barred for the upcoming meet. In late September, Tampa barred another leading trainer, Jane Cibelli, when she accepted a 60-day suspension from the state after a veterinarian was caught administering a substance to a horse she trained on race day. The vet, Orlando Paraliticci, also has been barred.
Like Cibelli, Navarro will be allowed on the grounds during the ban, but “only in the public places,” Berube said.
Navarro won 33 races from 94 starts at Tampa’s 2012-13 meet. He had 25 stalls at the track last year, Berube said.
Good . There will be far less 3/5 shots winning there..Jamie Ness you're next !
They should be charged with the federal crime of fixing a sports contest. Let them face jail time for injecting horses with juice. The bettors are being cheated and much more important the horses are being abused.
NY Minute is right. When Godolphin horses trained by Mohammed al-Zarzooni received positive test results they were not allowed to run anywhere in Europe. Thats the right way to do this.
It works, look at any conditioner, where barn turned over.......takes time to come back
The best deterrent would be if some vigorous prosecutor laid criminal charges against a trainer in an appropriate case. Although not a drug case, in the early 1970s criminal charges were laid here in Toronto against a trainer and jockey for allegedly stiffing a horse in its first race. The trainer was convicted although the jockey was found not guilty (granted, not entirely consistent decisions).
What I still dont understand is why the horse that tests positive for the drug, isn't given days either? You should somehow penatalize these owners too as many of them just follow the "hot trainers"... Look at Navarro's main owner- High Point Thoroughbred Partners. Marshall K. Graham runs High Point Thoroughbred Partners and he also has horses with Carlos Guerrero. (Oh excuse me- Lisa Guererro) lol.. By suspending the horse who tested positive, will make owners more aware of who them employ and might make them think twice before going with some of these SuperTrainers... They do it over in Europe- give the horses days when it tests positive for a banned substance- Why can't we do it here in the US too?? Might make for a more level playing ground!!
Its amazing what the trainers don't tell the jockeys about what meds they gave their horses. And its even a more amazing that jockeys don't sue the trainers when they are on a horse and it breaks down and the jockey is seriously injured. There will be a day when a jockey sues the trainer and maybe even the owner for knowingly giving a pain masking med to a horse and the horse breaks down and injures the jockey. Maybe thats when all this drugging of the horse will stop.
A good question to ask everyone who is condemning Jersey racing would be what did they know. The division in Florida may not have told any other jurisdiction about there investigations until they ruled. Since there ruling came out after Monmouth closed the Jersey people may have known nothing.
Be curious to see who fills the role as "trainer" for cibelli and Navarro's horses wherever they wind up and if they become the latest magic trainer-- without those two at Tampa will ness have a batting average of .500? Betting horses at the lower ranks is just crazy as long as the "juice" is in the game
Now get Ness and Tampa will show they're truelly serious. Either way they're on the right track.
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