07/17/2014 3:34PM

Trainer Chatterpaul suspended, fined for medication violations

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SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Trainer Naipaul Chatterpaul was suspended for 60 days and fined $5,000 by the New York State Gaming Commission due to four medication violations.

An additional 120 day-suspension was stayed for two years beginning Sept. 15 provided Chatterpaul does not accrue any additional equine violations for which he is found responsible.

The suspension was to begin Friday – opening day at Saratoga and one day before his 47th birthday – and runs through Sept. 15.

Over a two-year period from February 2012 through January 2014, Chatterpaul had four medication violations. Missile Motor, who finished fourth in the fifth race at Aqueduct on Feb. 2, 2012, was found to have Clenbuterol, a bronchodilator, in his post-race sample. Those Lion Eyes, who finished fourth in the eighth race at Aqueduct on Feb. 16, 2012, was found to have Flunixin, a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory also known as Banamine, in her system.

Unprecedented, who won the ninth race at Belmont on Sept. 7, 2013, also had Clenbuterol in his system following the race, while Mary Ann’s Kitchen, fourth in the second race at Aqueduct on Jan. 31, had Flunixin in her post-race sample.
All four horses were disqualified and ruled unplaced in the order of finish.

A native of Guyana, Chatterpaul is best known for winning the 2011 edition of the Grade 1 Manhattan Handicap with 21-1 longshot Mission Approved, a horse he had claimed a year earlier for $35,000.