04/06/2005 11:00PM

Two trainers hit for drug

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Two trainers on the New York Racing Association circuit have been suspended and fined after their horses tested positive for the banned bronchodilator clenbuterol.

John Candlin and Richard DeMola were each suspended 30 days and fined $1,000 after postrace tests revealed the presence of clenbuterol in the horses' systems. The suspensions were reduced to 15 days for each trainer waiving his right of appeal.

In Candlin's case, clenbuterol was found in the system of Silver Forest, who finished third in the ninth race at Aqueduct on Feb. 11. Silver Forest was disqualified and unplaced in the order of finish. Candlin's suspension was to begin Thursday and run through April 22.

In DeMola's case, clenbuterol was found in the system of Mr Determined, who finished first in the seventh race on Feb. 19. Mr Determined was disqualified and unplaced in the order of finish. DeMola's suspension is scheduled to begin April 13.

Both trainers will be barred from track grounds while under suspension.