07/14/2015 1:39PM

Trainer Goldberg gets 15-day suspension


Trainer Alan Goldberg began serving a 15-day suspension Monday after test results showed Pool Winner, whom he trains, was over the permitted threshold level for phenylbutazone when she won the 11th race at Monmouth Park on June 13.

The purse of the race was redistributed, and Goldberg was fined $500. The suspension is a result of Pool Winner having six times as much bute in her system than is permitted.

Goldberg explained that the overage was due to a stable error.

“When the test came back so high, I wasn’t sure what had happened, but someone made a mistake and I’m responsible,” he said. “The night before a horse races, we give them an electrolyte paste. It comes in a green plastic tube, two doses per syringe. Bute paste comes in a plastic tube, which has a green label, 6 doses per syringe. There was a mix-up.”

Goldberg said he has no problem with the purse redistribution or fine but thinks the suspension is excessive.

“The Monmouth stewards were good about it,” he said. “They realize it was a mistake, but commission rules require the suspension because of how high the overage was.”

During Goldberg’s suspension, his assistant Jorge Duarte Jr. will oversee the stable. Goldberg’s suspension runs through July 27.

Michael Infurna More than 1 year ago
Doesn't Goldberg run and train off a farm? Is Monmouth gonna send someone to the farm to ensure he is not training his horses for 15 days?
Joel Firsching More than 1 year ago
The horse wins for fun and the winners share is $ 23,000. You can buy a new car for 23k. So stealing a new car should be a $ 500 fine and 15 day vacation ? Goldberg says having his assistant run the show for two weeks is too long. Who runs this disfunctional puppet show ?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Al Goldberg has trained horses for many years and has had a clean record throughout his career. Mr. Firsching, I am assuming you have never made a mistake or had a mistake made on your watch in your entire life and or professional career.