03/27/2013 11:57AM

Tampa Bay Downs: Ness fined for carbon dioxide overage, must pay for monitoring


Jamie Ness, the leading trainer at Tampa Bay Downs for the past six years, has been fined $2,000 by the Tampa Bay stewards after one of his horses tested positive for an excess amount of total carbon dioxide, the trainer confirmed on Wednesday.

As part of the penalty for the positive, horses trained by Ness will be required to be monitored by a security guard for 24 hours before running, with Ness footing the bill. The requirement is part of a house rule governing testing for total carbon dioxide at the track.

Ness said he did not know why the horse, Awesome Mich, tested positive for the excess level. The test was performed on a blood sample drawn from the horse just before he finished fifth in a $12,500 claiming race on March 17.

"He's on the same feed, the same program as every other horse in my barn," Ness said, adding that he was at Laurel Park in Maryland on the day the horse tested positive.

Although Ness has been fined a dozen times over the past eight years in multiple racing jurisdictions for overages of therapeutic medications, none of his horses had tested positive for an excess level of total carbon dioxide. Testing for total carbon dioxide is performed in order to detect carbohydrate loading, though some horses have been found to have a higher natural level of total carbon dioxide than other horses.

Ness said that Awesome Mich tested at a 38.0 millimoles per liter of blood plasma. The limit at Tampa Bay Downs is 37.0 millimoles. He said that he planned to pay for tests himself to determine whether the horse has a naturally occurring high level of total carbon dioxide before entering the horse again.

Under Tampa Bay's house rules, two horses from each race are tested for total carbon dioxide. Ness, whose barn has been searched four times at the current meet, said that the rules state that the horses are selected at random, "but my horses seem to get tested a lot."

Tampa Bay officials did not immediately respond to phone calls on Wednesday.

In addition to his six straight training titles, Ness was second in the national trainer's standings by wins last year. One of his main clients is Midwest Thoroughbreds, the leading owner by wins from 2010-2012.

N Lad More than 1 year ago
"Cheat cheat, no reason to be scared, cheat cheat, or don't get anywhere."--The Clash
mikey More than 1 year ago
He thinks his first name is ELLIOT.which makes him UNTOUCHABLE.The fine is a joke so they will keep doing what ever they want.
michael More than 1 year ago
The fine should incorporate every dollar lost on all bets on other horses in the race. That might, might, stop these cheats.
Horse Cents More than 1 year ago
the horse in question ran fifth. Just saying.
jttf More than 1 year ago
same old crap, a trainer has a high winning percentage and he slips up sooner or later. didnt ness have 2 postives in the claiming crown. those 2 horses finished 1st and 3rd in the richest claiming purses of the year. ness started out at canterbury, then at hawthorne. but, what happened ? he doesnt play in those sandpiles any more. maybe ness could take a few lessons from real trainers like motion and clement. mid west tbreds and moss hire boys that make the bad headlines an awful lot.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Same old crap if a trainer is the leading trainer he must be cheating you players are a sorry lot, just sore losers thats what you are .You refuse to bet on the best trainers and now you blame it on drugs Do you think every leading trainer is a crook? Look for another game. When you lose at poker is the winner cheating ?
JOHN More than 1 year ago
A poker game hardly has the same opportunities for cheating.
John Smith More than 1 year ago
Refuse to bet on a leading trainer?? That's a stupid comment. How do you explain the fact his horses are always 3/5 ? Someone is betting on them. I prefer to run like hell away from a track where a trainer is a supposed miracle worker. Eventually he will be sharing a cell with Dutrow.
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Hey no-name... This slimeball has been caught and caught and caught and caught and - how much time do you have?
Charles Levy More than 1 year ago
You fail to lisen to all posts on this story and the other one How he is on his way to another training title at Tampa ! No name ! Why are we sore losers I dont bet him 3-5 or 4-5 isnt my cup of tea . Every trainer at every trck uses the Vet or what everelse that will give them a advatange . I dont want to here THERAPUTIC anymore ! TVG great trainer Tom Amoss had six bad tests in les then 2yrs he got a smack on the had !! Sreve Assmussen has a list a mile long ! PLEASE someone tell me how Kirk Ziade has a training lic !! OH ! Were is Jeff Mullins ???? He cant find the winners circle !!!!! If you think these guys are cheating your CRAZY ! Doesnt matter what track you go to the top 5 trainers have a violatiions list a mile long . Parx Penn Tampa AQU GP LRL DEL . Juan Vasquez DEL leading trainer has 7 bad tests alone for 2012 meet . All on appeall . I like how Ness got caught had a hearing its a rap , What ever happened to Cibelli and her Vet ??? you printed this same post on last article . I told you take some tim go to OWNERVIEW.COM or THOROUGHBREDRULINGS . COM . Look at the drugs these guys are using . Look up the facts its for public record !!!! Doug O Neill Jerry Hollrndorfer Karl broberg was a ower for yrs now he is a leading trainer !! Yeah Ok ! Horse Racing Is The Sport Of Kings !!!! Not Cheaters !!!!! They are going to get rid of him just like Mike Gill Frank Passero etc .
N Lad More than 1 year ago
Why not follow International racing? The brilliant stuff from the UK, Ireland, Dubai, Australia and New Zealand is readily available on the internet and worries about "medication/performance enhancing treatments" are minimal in comparison. The analysis and race commentaries are better as well.
Jon Cohen More than 1 year ago
Tampa is a national disgrace. They continue to harass one trainer at the top of the standings while giving a free pass to another who has commited a far more egregious sin. Track management there is as big a joke as their counterparts at Delaware, who gave one of their leading trainers a slap on the wrist for multiple steroid positives.
Dave More than 1 year ago
Can't these guys come up with something other than the "Gee golly gosh, I just don't know HOW that could have happened" excuse?
robert More than 1 year ago
same feed, same program, no kidding
N Lad More than 1 year ago
As a handicapper of races for over 25 years, I have to look for the name Jamie Ness in the index of entries at Aqueduct, Oaklawn and Tampa and skip every race he has an entrant in. The guy cheats, is a fraudulent thief and your guess is as good as mine as to when a runner of his gets "the good stuff". He is a menace.
Russell More than 1 year ago
If you have to skip every race he enters, then my guess is better than yours. These "super-trainers" are transparent, and their horses are the easiest horses to handicap. There is not even a hint of "form darkening" done with their stock.