04/01/2016 1:10PM

Top Parx trainer Preciado suspended 90 days for clenbuterol violation


Trainer Ramon Preciado has been suspended 90 days and fined $2,500 for a clenbuterol positive at Parx Racing on Oct. 24. Seventeenohsix, who finished second in the first race that day, has been disqualified from the purse money of the $5,000 claiming race.

Preciado’s suspension is scheduled to begin April 7 and run through July 5. Preciado did not return messages left for him Friday.

Clenbuterol is a bronchodilator that has steroidal qualities and can help build muscle mass in horses. Clenbuterol is considered a Class 3 medication by the Association of Racing Commissioners International, which classifies drugs into five categories, with Class 1 drugs, such as opioids, being the most powerful and Class 5 the least powerful.

The clenbuterol positive is Preciado’s fifth of 2015.

On Feb. 23 of last year, Boss Cat and Main Entrance both tested positive for clenbuterol at Parx. Preciado was fined $1,500 in each case. On Aug. 26, Trouble Kid tested positive after winning a $25,000 starter allowance at Delaware Park. Preciado was fined $500 and suspended seven days. On Sept. 12 at Delaware Park, Jake N Elwood tested positive after winning the restricted New Castle Stakes. Preciado was fined $1,000 and suspended 14 days.

All of the horses involved were disqualified from the purse money.

Preciado also had a positive for dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO), a topical analgesic that can help relieve pain, at Parx on Oct. 17. DMSO is a Class 4 drug under the Association of Racing Commissioners International categorizations. Preciado was fined $1,000 when Roxbury N Overton tested positive for DMSO after finishing second in a Pennsylvania-bred allowance race. Roxbury N Overton was disqualified from the purse money in that race.

Preciado had a career year in 2015, when he won 169 races from 569 starters (29 percent) and his horses earned more than $5.5 million. He has been the leading trainer at Parx the past two years.

Prior to 2015, Preciado had not had a medication violation since 2011, when one of his horses tested positive for phenylbutazone, or bute, a Class 4 medication.

Eleanor Sniegowski More than 1 year ago
Geez i wonder why I dont play parx.could it be that their leading trainer is a crook?How much purse money did he steal?Why doesnt the legit trainers air more dirty laundry like Dale Romans did the other day?
Stacey Zavala More than 1 year ago
To bad this story doesn't say that that poor horse seventeenohsix died after that race.
Elizabeth Becht More than 1 year ago

who cares about the purse when you can get your fix out the windows that money doesn't go back

Ray Saputelli More than 1 year ago
It speaks volumes that none of the "names" in the industry speak out. Preciado is indicative of the brutal, ugly, inhumane industry that is thoroughbred racing. Not a sport but a home for greedy barbarians and food-flipping, amphetamine popping parasites to satisfy their greed and adrenaline rush. The commenter who said it's like the WWE would be right if the WWE left dead carcasses in its wake. 
Michael Zeisler More than 1 year ago
How many more violations will they allow this cheat to have send him back to Mexico
mark More than 1 year ago
u must be a bitter ex trainer
realgooddogtoo More than 1 year ago
This guy....he's keeping doing, one violence after another, just like Dutrow, they need to get rid of this type of trainers, given a 5 year off the tracks at least, or just barren them period.
Gaye Goodwin More than 1 year ago
Zero tolerance sounds good to me - nationwide. Get rid of these corrupt and bought kangaroo courts
Joey Dekarski More than 1 year ago
Horse racings gonna be like WWE wrestling soon,all fake,scripted and a soap opera with all the horses on steroids .it s such a shame that it s come to this .
Gaye Goodwin More than 1 year ago
"gonna be" ? IS!
Mike Oliveto More than 1 year ago
Shocking. No worries. Gulfstream has stalls for him between Zadie and Navarro.
Vince Piscitelli More than 1 year ago
Before we all whack Preciado, could it be that all 77 positives are a slight misunderstanding?

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jim More than 1 year ago
DO A DUTROW ON HIM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1