11/21/2005 1:00AM

Trainer fined for three positives


Northern California-based trainer Sean McLaughlin has been fined for three positive medication tests.

McLaughlin was fined $300 and $500 for positives on Jasmine's Gem, who showed the presence of the diuretic trichlormethiazide in her system following her Oct. 10 victory and a race on Oct. 23, both at Bay Meadows. The California Horse Racing Board classifies medication violations from 1 (most serious) to 6 (least serious). Trichlormethiazide is classified as a Class 6 drug. McLaughlin was then fined another $500 for the presence of the Class 5 drug guaifensin, an expectorant, in Merlins Apprentice after a Sept. 11 race at Bay Meadows.

Also, trainer Manuel Calvario was fined $750 for a positive test for gabapentin (Class 4), used to relieve pain and seizures, for Steerage from a Feb. 16 race at Bay Meadows. Trainer James Barnes was fined $300 for having an excess of flunixin, an analgesic, in the system of Tizzy's Queen, who won on Oct. 16 at Bay Meadows.